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2018-06-18:  "Re: Freecycling" by marithlizard
2018-06-18:  "Freecycling" by Jeremy
2018-06-18:  "bookcases" by marithlizard
2018-05-25:  "Re: deductive reasoning" by Trip
2018-05-25:  "Re: deductive reasoning" by marithlizard

18 July 2018 - Wednesday

I think we've forgotten how to play 13th Age, or maybe everyone was just too cranky (despite the ample supply of pizza). It is not the game where we should be spending an hour and a half arguing about plans. We barely managed to finish the E1 round, after lying our way in until we got spotted and then charging resulted in a big fight.


A commenter on WHTM recommended Sunglasses After Dark (Nancy A Collins), and I vaguely remember Earl having read it approximately 1000 years ago, so I snarfed the series from Amazon (this was before the Spanish strike). Much 80s. Very angst. Wow.


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17 July 2018 - Tuesday

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16 July 2018 - Monday

Deep Roots (Ruthanna Emrys) gets several indescribable appendages up. Once again, Aphra talks to sophonts, and somehow does not die. (There is not much fighting, although there is plenty of danger.) We get to see more advanced sorcery, more of Audrey's family, more exotic sophonts that are not as malevolent as Lovecraft might lead one to believe, and Deep One smooches.

But then I was out of Emrys, so I read Agents of Dreamland (Caitlín Kiernan), which is much shorter and more doomed Cthulhu Mythos, in which everyone is much less sympathetic and there is more mycology. Bad mycology.


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15 July 2018 - Sunday

PAD&D5 again?! Madness!

After a sky-sailing montage, the Heroines of Red Larch get dropped off at [SPOILER], where they hope to find a way back home. However, everything is shut down due to impending weather, so all they can do is try to get an audience with the local ruler, who promptly imprisons them all for having a descriptor in common with his ex. (Because what's the point of being an absolute monarch if you can't take out your personal frustrations on random travelers?)

After being locked up together for a subjective eternity, the Heroines are freed on the word of someone they helped before, who turns out to be a minor personage locally. However, the closest thing to a way home on offer is being kicked out of the city and left to hike to [SPOILER]. That obviously beats staying locked up together for any more time at all, so the Heroines set out just as enemy forces assault the [SPOILER]. Although the attackers are related to an enemy of theirs, the conflict is not on a scale they can affect, and the locals were rude to them, so they break through the enemy lines and make good their escape.

The invaders pursue the Heroines into the trackless [SPOILER], but are soon left behind, at the minor cost of getting completely lost. Selûne's power guides them to where they need to go, though, and despite the hostile wildlife, manage to get through into [SPOILER], where they can probably survive for as much as several hours while they look for a way home.


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14 July 2018 - Saturday

We may have too much stuff in our apartment, but at least we have cleaners!


Earl and Cat (who has a fabulous new dress) made the trek down from Palo Alto, but first, there was Steven Universe!

  • Steven Universe 5.23: Awwwwwww! (Also, cartoons have levelled up!)
  • Steven Universe 5.24: That is exactly the mode of combat I expected. But now there is another cliffhanger! Arrgh!

Jus was so good about not spoiling us!

  • Nirvana in Fire 43: This is the episode in which people stay behind to cover other people's escapes!
  • Nirvana in Fire 44: This is the episode in which armies clash! (Sadly, none of their armor seems to do anything. I think they bought from the same arms dealer that supplies Storm Troopers.)
  • Nirvana in Fire 45: This is the episode in which the awesome princess shows up again! Also, Sir Su explains trolling, and the beast of Jiu An Mountain.

Something about the art, or maybe just the cover art, made me hope that Monster Tamer Girls (Mujirushi Shimazaki) would be awesome like Alien Nine, but no such luck.


The Kickstart has completed, so the Champions Now alpha release (Ron Edwards) is available for backers to playtest. Lacking a group to play with, though, all I can do is read it.

Mechanically, it is very similar to Champions 3e (incidentally, PDFs of Champions 3e are part of the Kickstarter rewards). PD and ED are combined, SPD is not figured and only goes up to 8, and the table-based powers (Telepathy, Mind Control) are probably different, but all the clunky bits (VPPs, 11-DCV+OCV, phases, 1+adv/1-lim) are still there. It's definitely less changed than OSR is from OD&D, but that's probably because even that long ago, Champions was more of a system and more polished than OD&D.

I'm not saying I don't want to play it, but so far I'm not seeing a lot of value added over republishing Champions 3e with a book of GMing instructions. (This probably means I'm doing it wrong, which is fair, since I've pretty much always done Champions wrong.)


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13 July 2018 - Friday

Friday the 13th, an excellent day for rereading books about heroic Deep Ones! (Deep Roots (Ruthanna Emrys) is out, but I could not remember who all the characters named in the first chapter were, so I reread Winter Tide. It is still awesome and I should probably be recommending it to more people.


Oh no! Someone else has figured out that Friday is the best night to do laundry! Now it is not the best night to do laundry! Well, except possibly all the others are still worse.


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12 July 2018 - Thursday

I never could get the hang of Thursdays? Nah, it's a pretty unexceptional day.


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11 July 2018 - Wednesday

No 13th Age, Ken has audits. We could possibly have gathered to do something else, but no one made a concrete proposal.

Instead, I admired how I gained a flatmate while I was at work! The balcony is now full of boxes, which all need to be processed before the damp weather starts, but Marith has mostly moved in! I hope she will not die from cats.

We watched the first two episodes of Galavant, which was very silly. "It's 1256, these 'your mom' jokes are getting pretty old."


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10 July 2018 - Tuesday

I had to work from home to let the cleaners in to decontaminate Marith's space so she can move in tomorrow, and that threw me off completely so I didn't accomplish anything else today.


Gate Crashers (Patrick S Tomlinson) is in many ways a standard first-contact, humans must step up their game to deal with the aliens, military SF book, only mixed with Douglas Adams. It works pretty well, because the aliens don't need to be taken entirely seriously.

In The House of Aryaman, A Lonely Signal Burns (Elizabeth Bear) is a mid-future police procedural, in a non-white, ecologically-aware, somewhat biopunk future. With brightly-colored talking cats, so I'm down with it! It reminds me a bit of the nearer-future Stross I've read, only wilder.


Words: 314. Concentrating doesn't help when you don't know what to write next.

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9 July 2018 - Monday

Now that planking is done, we have moved to sun salutations for wellness exercise at work. It is much less strenuous.


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8 July 2018 - Sunday

Finally, after untold ages (or at least 7 weeks), we have PAD&D5 again!

After wrapping up the seige of [SPOILER], the Heroines of Red Larch head to [SPOILER], which they believe to also be under attack. It is, and has already fallen, its people taken captive and most of the buildings burned. The Heroines try to infiltrate and pick off the outer forces, which goes well until they discover it is all... a trap! The enemy, tired of their interference, has prepared a ritual to banish them to [SPOILER]! With last-minute interference from their allies, they manage to avoid being cast into whatever horrible fate has been prepared for them, but at the expense of being sent off course into [SPOILER]. Fortunately, after plummeting for a while, they encounter a pirate battle and join the side with fewer tentacles (in accordance with the Crystal Dragon's gospel). Having made friends, they then undertake a quest that the pirates are not high enough level for, which involves trouncing a [SPOILER] and returning loaded down with loot. Next, to the place where they might be able to find a way back home, because the Dessarin Valley still needs saving!


Words: 641. It's almost like multitasking doesn't work.

Weekly total: 1437, but I didn't have space or equipment or peace to write in Roseville.

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7 July 2018 - Saturday

Yesterday I had mostly to myself, so today I was able to face people again.


  • Steven Universe 5.19-22: Hurray Ruby and Sapphire! And Amethyst!
  • My Hero Academia 26: Choosing names was pretty adorable. Go Froppy! Bakugo needs serious counseling, though.
  • My Hero Academia 27-28: I hadn't thought of it like that, but UA is really a vocational school. Also, terrifying old master is an important part of any show about learning to fight.

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6 July 2018 - Friday

Because Dave did not go back with Ken, the car was full of kids and people who keep kids from exploding instead of riling them up and I had to ride the train home. All by myself. With nothing but an electrical outlet and WiFi. The horror. The horror.

When I got home, all of my cats were still alive, so Marith must have done a good job taking care of them!


On the train (besides playing way too much Empires & Puzzles), I finished Starless (Jacqueline Carey), which is something almost unimaginable in the modern world: a world-saving fantasy epic complete in one volume. Also, [SPOILER] protagonist. It's a pretty good setup for fantasy adventure: the stars are gods, but they've all been cast down to earth, where they physically inhabit their individual islands, inevitably shaping both the environment and the local culture according to their divine natures. I may have to steal it.


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5 July 2018 - Thursday

HAPPY HAPPY JOSH-DAY!!

During the day, we went to the fabled Taylor's, so that Ayse could get a Dr Pepper freeze, which she certified as being completely 90s-tastic. But then, eventually (fourteen people, four of them kids, nothing moves quickly) we went to Josh's birthday sushi, and then, after disposing of the kids, played Cities and Knights of Catan until it was too late and we had to declare Josh the victor.

But we did not have Ken for any of this, because he had to go back to San Jose and work like capitalism. (Dave thought he was going to have to work, but decided not to.)


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4 July 2018 - Wednesday

After the usual indolence, we managed to play Caverna (a descendent of the Agricola clade, I think). Even though it involves dwarves and digging and getting food from the outside world, it is not actually Dwarf Fortress: The Board Game, but a low-randomness worker placement game. I went heavily into rubies and sheep, which somehow got me second place. Alas, I did not have enough sheep to justify building the Cuddle Cave, which holds one sheep per dwarf. (Maybe if I had successfully bred extra dwarves earlier...) Then there was grilling and fireworks, because GFY Donald Trump King George Day.

The usual fireworks have been discontinued due to I don't even know what, so we had to drive to a nearby town to get Jus her yearly does of explosions, and it was quite an experience. Apparently it was too small of a town to have anyone responsible for safety, because the launchers were pretty much right at the edge of the park full of onlookers, and a fine rain of ash punctuated with larger bits of debris fell on us throughout the show. But fireworks are amazing from that range.


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3 July 2018 - Tuesday

Ayse and Dave took Jus and Nonny up to Roseville in the afternoon, but Ken and I were burdened with capitalism and had to go up separately in the evening. We had ramen while waiting for traffic to calm down, and Alice Isn't Dead 2.9-3.2 on the way up, so it wasn't all bad!


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2 July 2018 - Monday

Monday is Monday, but at least tomorrow is virtual Friday!


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1 July 2018 - Sunday

Since I was protesting putting kids in concentration camps yesterday, I had to go grocery shopping today, and then work on putting things in places. I haven't completely moved over to the new bedroom and bathroom, but I'm much closer. I just need to throw away a bunch of stuff.


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30 June 2018 - Saturday

Although my lack of organization was remarkable, I did make it to the San Jose Families Belong Together rally. Because what the fuck, Republicans? Didn't we have a war just a couple of generations ago about how concentration camps are not okay?

The most engaging speaker was a Catholic priest, which I feel very conflicted about, but at least his sky fairy is telling him to be on the right side of this particular question.


Ken has a new grill, so he can grill in a manly way. Except he's from California, so actually we had skewers marinated in a variety of tasty substances, and became quite round.


  • Sailor Moon S 21: Finally, the Talismans are revealed!
  • Laid-Back Camp 5: Parallel camping FTW.
  • ACCA 12: I could have sworn there were 13 episodes in this series! Well, whatever, The End. Also, Jean's secret revealed.
  • My Hero Academia 25: End of the sports festival! I really don't see how Bakugo hasn't died of the apoplexy already.

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29 June 2018 - Friday

Yay, it's Friday! Boo, my brain is very small!


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28 June 2018 - Thursday

I haven't moved everything from the master bedroom to my new room, but I have moved enough that I could finally move the bed. With bookshelves on two walls and a queen-sized futon in the middle, there's just barely enough room to walk on both sides, so it would definitely not have worked for Marith's bioexclusion zone.

So many things to move, blugh.


My agreement with the tastes of the top web fiction voters is not great, but The Wandering Inn has been high on the charts for a while, so I gave it a try, and kind of like it even though it is LitRPG. The first main character, after getting inexplicably transported to MMORPGland, ends up getting levels in the Innkeeper class and trying to make friends with people through the power of food. She still has to fight, because it's kind of a terrible world, but maintains an inclusive anti-murder stance that the local murderhobos just don't understand. (Later there is another main character, who is also confusing and weird to the locals, if less charming.)

I just started book 2, which looks like it will have more about the overarching plot that brings Earth humans to the LitRPG setting.


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27 June 2018 - Wednesday

Kelsey and Brooks were both unavailable, so instead of 13th Age, we had Burnt Rice (which is better than the name) and Erin and Terraformed Mars. Er, we didn't eat Erin, she was just there to play board games. Ken won, but I wasn't dead last, and if I had gotten my cards from turns 6-8 on turns 1-3, I might have it to the middle of the pack.


Words: 163. Eight turns of TM is a longer evening than I hoped.

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26 June 2018 - Tuesday

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25 June 2018 - Monday

I did not do a very good job of moving stuff. Or, really anything else today. But I did pet a cat or two.


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24 June 2018 - Sunday

Marith has an official move-out date for her current apartment, so I guess I better work harder on getting the master suite cleared out for a bioexclusion zone.


Despite having many bookcases to move and such, I spent all afternoon at the water park with Jus and Nonny and their parents. This time, I came close to using enough sunscreen, which is definitely progress. Also, I became very very soggy. The chlorine and sunlight made my eyes pretty unhappy by the end of the expedition, though. Maybe I need to get prescription tinted goggles? Or just prescription goggles and a waterproof hat.


Avalon is not dead, although she still works way too much. I definitely blame capitalism.


Words: 364.

Weekly total: 1936.

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23 June 2018 - Saturday

  • Sailor Moon S 19-20: Secret identities revealed!
  • Laid-Back Camp 4: It's nice that the solo camper has not been forcibly added to the group. They have cell phones, they can split the party!
  • ACCA 11: I don't remember whether I thought this the first time I saw it, but I have to wonder how this all comes across to the original Japanese audience, with the Shogunate and the figurehead sacred emperor in their history.
  • My Hero Academia 23-24: And now we can see that this is going to take longer than just the 1½ seasons for Deku to achieve his full mightiness.

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22 June 2018 - Friday

The planking challenge at work is going okay, I guess. We planked for 60 seconds and I didn't die after 8 reps, even though some other people did. (I wasn't at the bottom of the distribution! Go me!)


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21 June 2018 - Thursday

I did not accomplish very much today, but there's no gaming Sunday so maybe I'll be more useful then? Nah, seems unlikely.


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20 June 2018 - Wednesday

Kelsey is still trapped in Thesistown, but Mike is back from That Other Coast, so we gathered for 13th Age and Greek food. This session was more politics and planning, but it looks like we may finally be going to do something.


The Privilege of Peace (Tanya Huff) kind of wraps up the spinoff series. There could be more, but the major plot threads seem to be wrapped up. (Pheromones still don't work like that, though.)


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19 June 2018 - Tuesday

Demon Princess Magical Chaos: The Tentacle Awakens (JJ Pavlov) is in the well-travelled Japanese-teenager-reincarnates-in-fantasy-world genre, but this time the teenager is reincarnated as a shoggoth wizard, daughter of the demon queen who is corrupting and eating the world. A strong moral compass is not a feature of this existence, but a harem of dark elf cuties apparently is.


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18 June 2018 - Monday

Argh, the three bookcases will not quite fit on that side of the second bedroom, because of the stupid baseboard heater that I never use anyway! This is not tragic, because I can swap with a smaller bookcase on the other wall, but it is very annoying.

I'll still have two bookcases to find new locations for. Maybe I should take out all the small bookcases on that wall and rehome them instead? It would be easier. Also perhaps I should dispose of comics I'm probably not going to reread any time soon so I can have fewer bookcases overall.


Rescues and the Rhyssa (TS Porter) is exactly the kind of SF that Vox Day and his suckweasels want to eliminate: humans are not the dominant species, none of the ones we meet are white, few of them are cishet, even the aliens are queer, social skills are important. Not that it would make it to the Hugos, it's not very subtly written and has a lot of smut, but it is good that such SF exists.


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bookcases by marithlizard (Wed Jun 20 14:06:40 2018)

You can leave one or two bookcases if you want! Either way, some bookcases are going into storage, and it doesn't much matter whose. (Or we could sell/freecycle them. If I had more spoons I would try to freecycle my sofa.)

Freecycling by Jeremy (Sat Jun 23 21:46:32 2018)

I don't suppose either of you wants an enormous armoire? It's a pretty nice piece of furniture but would require careful measurements to make sure you could get it into the apartment. I watched the consignment store delivery guys get it into its current location, and I'm pretty sure there was non-Euclidean magic happening during saccades. Edie has since decided she'd like enough room in her bedroom to turn around....

Re: Freecycling by marithlizard (Sun Jun 24 15:45:10 2018)

Alas, we are both trying to get rid of furniture right now rather than add more. But thank you for the offer!

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