Previously, in Trip's Life...

30 September 2010 - Thursday

Work: I spent most of the day writing code to make future maintainers shake their heads sadly turn an almost-useless web page into something we can easily work with.

Visual Entertainments: Slayers Next 25-26: The really alarming victory!

Next week: Slayers Try!

Food: Toasted herb slab, heirloom tomato, sea salt, salad, and win!

Cats: Miau miau miau!

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29 September 2010 - Wednesday

Work: Partial check.

Modern Medicine: I still have two eyes, at least for the moment. I have a followup appointment in like November (which should indicate the urgency of the situation). Also, sleep consultation on Friday.

Textual Entertainments: Roadkill is the fifth book in Rob Thurman's "Cal Leandros" series. The major threat was destroyed at the end of the fourth book, but there is still plenty of fallout to make Cal's life miserable, and plenty of other threats to annoy everyone. Also: UNDED KITTEH CAN KIK UR ASS.

Visual Entertainments: Completely failed to catch up on Chrome Shelled Regios because I'm not very bright.

Food: Um. PB&J on sourdough is like food, right? (I considered chicken strips, but my apartement really didn't need more thermions.)

Silly Computer Games: Check.

Cats: It is definitely too hot for plush cats like Ghirardelli. I bet Aspen is doing well now that I have cut so much of her matted fur off, though.

meep eyestalks! by marith (Thu Sep 30 17:15:33 2010)

Binocular vision is important! What can they do to fix it?

Re: meep eyestalks! by Trip (Fri Oct 1 08:17:27 2010)

Enh, not that important. I rarely interact with your puny three-dimensional reality anyway.

(But if it does need fixing, it may involve LASERS!)

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28 September 2010 - Tuesday

Work: Why do people break their clusters in the afternoon, not in the morning?

Fortunately(?), the brokenness turned out to be more than could be immediately fixed, so I only stayed an hour late before escaping into the night early evening.

Textual Educations: Misquoting Jesus (Bart Ehrman) is definitely popular-level, but a good introduction to the generations of inadvertant (copying errors, "corrections" of what were obviously previous copying errors) and deliberate (literary and theological harmonization, pre-emptive denial of talking points for heretics) changes between what was first written down in the first century CE and what's worshipped as the New Testament today. I really don't see how anyone can think of it as anything other than pure human invention, but then I wouldn't, would I?

Visual Entertainments: Bah, lateness.

  • Soul Eater 45-46: Only five episodes to go, so I guess it's not surprising they've started wrapping up plotlines. I would have expected more screen time for dealing with such a long-running villain, though.
  • Higurashi When They Cry II 12: That explains a lot locally, but doesn't even address the global elements of the setting.
  • Shakugan no Shana II 9: It really shouldn't be any surprise that Margery is not a nice person. Also, is that plot there?

I missed Chrome Shelled Regios 14-15 but Dave gave them to me on a thumb drive, so I can catch up.

Cats: Twelve toasty paws! Ghirardelli seems to be the exception to the rule that cats don't like fans, as he will often come and sit near me when I have a fan on me to blow the thermions away. Sometimes Marmalade will too, but he won't sit right in front of the fan.

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27 September 2010 - Monday

Work: Check.

Silly Computer Games: Check.

Cats: There doesn't seem to be much fighting any more. Also, Aspen is very adorable when she rolls on her back and puts her paws in the dead-squirrel pose.

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26 September 2010 - Sunday

Gaming: Some of the PCs are now entangled in intrigue surrounding the soul-sucking rock of doom and the city elections. Also, elves and shadow monsters jumped them at the old pumphouse, which was exciting because I didn't trim down the monsters' horrible attack of horror when I converted them from elites to normal lurkers. Next session: elf interrogation!

At least Paul didn't show up to watch me flail. But it might have given him confidence to know that there was someone worse than he could possibly be even with half the players. (Nine PCs?! He's crazed!)

Textual Educations: A biography with the fairly obvious title of Molly Ivins, by Bill Minutaglio and W Michael Smith. I thought I hadn't read many biographies, but this book seemed to fit my idea of what a biography is like, so I guess I know at least the cliches. I don't feel that I got a very good impression of Ivins's personality, but perhaps that wasn't the point of the book. It was interesting to learn what kind of background she had come from, though, and it wasn't anything I would have guessed from just reading her columns in the 00's.

Look, I read another library book!

Food: Crackers and cheese are like nourishment, right?

Silly Computer Games: Check.

Cats: Twelve paws saddened by thermions!

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25 September 2010 - Saturday

Gaming: It turns out that buying money, then using that money to buy more money, then buying provinces is a pretty good strategy for Dominion. However, in the second game Dave triumphed with his freakish Throne Room-Ironworks-more Throne Rooms-more Ironworks-Gardens deck.

Cats: Jinian and Aime are almost as good as my kitties!

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24 September 2010 - Friday

Work: I got scolded by my boss for being insufficient diligent, so I did a bunch of stuff. We'll see if it sticks.

Gaming: I should be preparing for Sunday, but instead I'm lame.

Silly Computer Games: Check.

Cats: Twelve paws!

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23 September 2010 - Thursday

Work: Check.

Textual Educations: The Sociopath Next Door (Martha Stout) is alarming, but apparently supported by many references. There are details and case studies to make the points, but here's the summary: 4% of the general population have no consciences and cannot feel love, so all they want from you is for you to dance to their tune. You can't reform them, you can't redeem them, all you can do is get the hell away from them. The best sign by which to identify a sociopath is that after doing something horrible, they'll try to make you pity them, but Stout recommends that if someone does something selfishly horrible three times you kick them out of your life on general principles.

Visual Entertainments: Slayers Next 23-24: It's not so much a doom spiral as a straight doom plummet. Only two episodes to go!

Cats: Twelve paws!

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22 September 2010 - Wednesday

Work: Check.

Silly Computer Games: Check.

Cats: Twelve paws!

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21 September 2010 - Tuesday

Work: I did a thing. I almost did another thing, but was foiled by the lack of available machines.

Textual Entertainments: Third book in Tchaikovsky's "Shadows of the Apt" series, Blood of the Mantis. Look, more doom!

Visual Entertainments:

  • Soul Eater 43-44: Go Crona! You can do it!
  • Chrome Shelled Regios 13: The plot is definitely thickening, although it's hard to say what the final consistency will be.
  • Higurashi When They Cry II 10-11: If that's been true all along, it would explain some things.
  • Shakugan no Shana II 8: Yay more Margery! (Even if it does involve a flashback within a flashback.)

Cats: Cats whose food dish is empty are much more affectionate and also talkative!

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20 September 2010 - Monday

Work: Cow orker P, formerly in India, is here in San Carlos to help us for a couple of months until we get some more people hired.

Cats: Twelve paws of scampering!

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19 September 2010 - Sunday

Work: Revenge of Weekend Brain!

Gaming: Weekend Brain was epidemic among the population, so instead of Thrace we played the Ravenloft board game. We were entertained for a couple of hours, but it's not that great as a game. Maybe we (all except Ken) lack the positive associations with 2nd ed Ravenloft that define the target market?

Cats: Twelve fuzzy paws!

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18 September 2010 - Saturday

Work: I meant to work on some stuff I failed to complete on Friday, but no. This is my weekend brain.

My, the Internet really is full of things: Like cosplay pictures.

Silly Computer Games: All Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, all the time. I finally got a game good enough that I bothered to write scripts to preserve and restore saved games, though. Yay spear of venom!

Cats: Twelve paws!

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17 September 2010 - Friday

Work: The guy who's been our interim manager since our last Support manager got laid off has been confirmed in the position. Also we want to hire more people for him to manage, so anyone who knows both Linux and databases and needs a job should contact me, even if you aren't local.

Cats: Marmalade has become quite talkative lately. Also, snuggly!

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16 September 2010 - Thursday

Work: Check.

Textual Entertainments: It turns out Adrian Tchaikovsky's "Shadows of the Apt" series is not a trilogy. I was misled by it being fantasy and having only three volumes out at the time I went to Powell's. Anyway, the second book, Dragonfly Falling, continues the doom with some additional doom. The first derivative of doom with respect to time may be decreasing, but if so that just means there will be a sudden explosion of pent-up doom in book three or four.

Visual Entertainments: Slayers Next 21-22: Dragon Slaves: 0, Ragna Blades: 2. Now the shape of the doom is becoming clear.

Food: Ayse demanded Burmese food, and so it was delivered unto her.

Next time, five orders of samusas.

Cats: I can always tell when Aspen has been sleeping on the bed because she leaves the remnants of the mats I cut out of her fur there. I've never seen her groom herself, so perhaps Marmalade does her fur for her.

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15 September 2010 - Wednesday

Work: Stuck at work until 68923658923 o'clock. Fortunately I didn't have any plans for the evening.

Gaming: I really need a better way to organize my notes for PAD&D4. Something like a wiki would be good, except for when it came time to carry the notes to gamings. Maybe I could just always take my work laptop. (Or, yes, I could buy an iPad, or some kind of teensy laptop thing, but I'm trying to avoid buying large chunks of consumer electronic.)

Information is so complicated.

Food: FAIL.

Cats: Twelve fuzzy paws!

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14 September 2010 - Tuesday

Work: Check.

Visual Entertainments:

Apparently I'm incapable of reading a list, but we made it all work out in the end. Kinda.

  • Shakugan no Shana II 6-7: The romantic comedy episodes are cute, but where is our plot?
  • Higurashi When They Cry II 9: That's a rabble that has definitely been roused.
  • Chrome Shelled Regios 11-12: I guess that's as close as you get to a hot springs episode in a completely artificial environment.
  • Soul Eater 42: And so they plummet inevitably into the spiral of doom.

Food: Double mushrooms on a pizza is a whole lot of mushrooms.

Cats: Twelve paws!

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13 September 2010 - Monday

Modern Medicine: For the first time in 561834292935 months, I went to the doctor. I appear to still be not dead, and my ichor pressure is lower (almost as though I had started walking 5km a day). I need to get more consumables for my ichorometer and measure the dessert nature of my ichor, and go back in a month to be properly phlebotomized. (By that time my current ichorologist will have retired, but he says his replacement is good.)

Also made an appointment have my eyestalks examined, and started the process of getting an appointment to have my spiracles experimentally pressurized.

Work: Got in to work late because of doctor visit, but no one actually died.

My, the Internet really is full of things: Welcome to the Underdark.

Also, Sean McMullen isn't dead.

Cats: Twelve paws!

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12 September 2010 - Sunday

Work: I got up this morning to find two cases of the highest priority and one of the next-highest. AAARRRRGH. Stupid humans and their stupid mechanical minions.

Gaming: HUGE FAILURE! I mean, my players are probably better off this way, but it is still sad when plans fall through.

There are no time slots free until the next scheduled session, so we cannot even have a make-up session.

Later in the evening I went over to entertain Ayse (because Ken is in Doomtown) and she and Marith and I played Unspeakable Words. I used all seven of my letters on the first turn with CHLAMYS for 16 points, but started an unstoppable trend of failing San rolls. Still, I made it all the way up to 91 points (out of 100 needed) before losing my last little purple plastic Cthulhu guy.

Food: We tried to have very promising sushi but they failed us by being closed on Sundays. Bah! We had to fall back on Country Gourmet. I got spicy-encrusted salmon on a bed of ravioli and creamed corn, which was pretty tasty, but not like sushi.

Cats: Aime has very pointy paws!

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11 September 2010 - Saturday

Work: No explosions today! Perhaps it will be an okay on-call weekend!

Gaming: Okay, that's like preparation. I can note down some names tomorrow.

Textual Entertainments: An Empire in Black and Gold, the first in Adrian Tchaikovsky's trilogy about steampunk industrial revolution, insect-themed psionic powers, and fascist wasps.

The setting would work pretty well for an RPG, I think. The various races are about as different as D&D races, they all have exciting powers, and there are giant bugs.

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10 September 2010 - Friday

Work: Check. But I have to be on call this weekend, bah.

Cats: Apparently it is the season for Aspen to go snuggle next to Marmalade when he sleeps on the bed!

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9 September 2010 - Thursday

Work: Check.

Food: Salsa fresca and vegetarian burritos.

Visual Entertainments: Slayers Next 18-20: Finally we meet the main villains of this season's plot arc, but there are still six episodes to go so they can't really get blown up yet.

Cats: Jinian is still an excellent cat.

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8 September 2010 - Wednesday

Work: Check.

Cats: Twelve paws!

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7 September 2010 - Tuesday

Work: You can run from Monday, but it will always catch up.

My, the Internet really is full of things: Life on Titan?

Visual Entertainments:

  • Soul Eater 41: Soon, the doom.
  • Higurashi When They Cry II 7-8: It's important to offer hope in a horror story, so it can be CRUELLY CRUSHED.
  • Chrome Shelled Regios 10: Wow, Shante is obnoxious. But she probably won't be eaten by a Pollution Beast. Maybe.
  • Shakugan no Shana II 4-5: I'm pretty sure everyone in this show would be better off if they listened to Yuji's mom more.

Cats: Twelve paws!

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6 September 2010 - Monday

Work: Holiday!

Many fewer things were broken by customers today.

My, the Internet really is full of things: I am appropriately ashamed.

Sequential Entertainments: STONe (Sin-Ichi Hiromoto (don't look at me, that's how it's spelled on the cover)) is like Star Wars crossed with Dark Sun.

Textual Educations: Yes Means Yes! (edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti). You'd think it would be obvious that "well, she didn't actually kick me in the balls" is a pathetic standard for sexual consent and everyone would be better off if they only did things that everyone involved was enthusiastic about, but way too many humans are both stupid and evil.

The thirty or so essays in the book are from a pretty diverse lot, ranging from someone who wrote "womon" and "womyn" apparently completely seriously all the way to men, but they're mostly not crazy, which is doing pretty well for a sampling of thirty people.

Also, yay IMPACT!

The Tyranny of Things: There were 45 books in the box of stuff from Powell's, so I had to find 45 books to put into the outgoing pile. Since I haven't been doing this regularly when I bring new books into the apartment, I really need to get rid of a lot more, but it's a start.

Cats: Four paws of suspicion, but eight paws of affection!

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5 September 2010 - Sunday

Work: Argh, why do customers break things on weekends?

Gaming: Thrace! We went up the other fork of the river, past the village of the Chaotic Good crazed anarchist cult, to the creepy village of creepy children. It was very creepy. Lycoris used her disguise magic to get the creepy kids to let her into their creepy village, but instead ended up in the gnoll war of centuries past and escaped with one hit point left. We suspect bizarre and possibly unsavory time magic.

One advantage of using a mod of Apocalypse World for Dark Sun is that hours of min-maxing would no longer be productive or even possible. I suppose opinion is divided on whether this is actually a feature.

Textual Pillagings: The shipment from Powell's arrived today! I have so many new books! I don't have any new places to put them!

Food: Beef stew with potatoes and tastiness!

Cats: Aspen chased Ghirardelli down the hall and into my room! So cute!

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4 September 2010 - Saturday

Work: Either nothing is happening over the long weekend, or email is hosed, but my test message made it through.

Gaming: Finished the Dark Sun monster book. Look, monsters that will eat you if you go out into the blasted wastelands of Athas! Or even if you don't!

I found the Dark Sun mod someone did for Apocalypse World, but it seems only so-so. Admittedly I haven't played Apocalypse World, so maybe I don't understand the awesomeness, but I'm pretty sure making defiler mages and preserver mages different classes isn't as good as the 4th ed system. Also, I don't think using D&D stats for AW really works, although obviously it's technically possible.

Textual Entertainments: I should probably get a real copy of Child of Fire, since what I have is an ARC that some random guy handed me in the bookstore a couple of years ago, and I think Connolly should get all the moneys.

These are the books I would write if I were able to write books and also were much cooler than I actually am.

Visual Entertainments: Planetes 13-14. Sadly, it looks very unlikely that there will be anything like that human presence in space within the next 66 years. Possibly not even within 660 years.

Cats: I haven't been separating Ghirardelli, since he was with the others all the time I was gone, and things seem to mostly be going okay.

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3 September 2010 - Friday

Work: Apparently we got a new [SPOILER] while I was out. Huh.

Textual Entertainments: Game of Cages, the second book in the "Twenty Palaces Society" series by Harry Connolly, is just as awesome as Child of Fire. In fact, now I have to go back and reread CoF because there is no other Connolly to read!

Anyone who wants to run Call of Cthulhu should read these books so they can understand what happens to NPCs in a universe like that.

Cats: Twelve paws!

harry connolly by kit (Sat Sep 11 12:13:49 2010)

moo hoo hoo i have access to book 3 :)

Re: harry connolly by Trip (Sat Sep 11 18:21:12 2010)

Augh! You are TAUNTING me! You fiend!

Re: harry connolly by kit (Tue Sep 21 03:37:04 2010)

Yes. Yes, I am taunting you. moo hoo hoo hoo hoo!

Re: harry connolly by Trip (Wed Sep 22 08:04:04 2010)

Because you are a FIEND! A fiend in Kitful shape!

Re: harry connolly by kit (Wed Sep 29 05:06:59 2010)

Yes. Yes I am, in fact. :)

If it makes you feel better, despite having access to the book, I don't seem to have the ability to read anymore, so it doesn't matter...

Re: harry connolly by Trip (Wed Sep 29 16:17:33 2010)

Don't worry, Spawnling will eventually stop hogging the brain!

I dreamed that you wrote an entire series of books I was unaware of, but some fool set off an alarm clock so all I remember is that they were about space pirates and were apparently fantasy because you had to have special powers to fly spaceships. There was also something about needing identity papers.

space pirates by kit (Fri Oct 1 14:22:36 2010)

I could write that, sure. :)

Re: space pirates by Trip (Fri Oct 1 19:56:07 2010)

No doubt! What was surprising in the dream was that you had written many of these books and I had never heard of them at all!

Re: space pirates by kit (Sat Oct 2 03:01:54 2010)

ah was SNIKY!

Re: space pirates by Trip (Sat Oct 2 15:13:21 2010)

Like a space pirate! or a FIEND!

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2 September 2010 - Thursday

Work: They don't seem to have died without me, which I guess is good.

Cats: Jinian and Aime also seem to be fine!

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1 September 2010 - Wednesday

Travel: Because we are super-organized (sometimes) we got our rental car turned in and made it to the terminal with plenty of time to spare. Julia was once again the best baby on the plane.

California: Man, walking in Portland was so much nicer. Why did we come back?

Gaming: I finally finished my own copy of the Dark Sun Campaign Setting book (I forgot to take it to Portland). Look, it's like sand pirates, only more doomed!


It took Marmalade and Ghirardelli a while to forgive me, but eventually I got love from them. (Aspen will never forgive me for either having someone else take care of her OR coming back, but what can you do?)

Marith is an excellent cat-sitter!

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