Previously, in Trip's Life...

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.

Words: 137.

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29 June 2018 - Friday

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

Words: 210.

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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.

Words: 187.

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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

Words: 267.

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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.

Words: 231.

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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.

Words: 262.

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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!)

Words: 225.

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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.

Words: 415.

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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.)

Words: 139.

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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.

Words: 248.

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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.

Words: 283.

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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17 June 2018 - Sunday

Still no PAD&D5. I blame capitalism.

Tabby took us all to dim sum, which was very good. I sat next to Nonny, who was adorable. Everyone was happy, except maybe my tummy. (Dim sum is not health food no matter how you look at it.)

In the afternoon, Marith and I went to see Incredibles 2. It was pretty good, but it didn't raise the bar beyond what the first one did, so it seemed less impressive by comparison. That was a pretty good mole machine, though. And was [SPOILER] trying to lesbian seduce [SPOILER]?

If Marith is to have the master suite as her sealed cat-free zone, then I need to move all my stuff into the second bedroom, which means I need to move the bookcases that go against the far wall first. There should be room for three of them, but I only got two moved (and the second one not repopulated) because I am very lazy.

Words: 100. The assholes next door were having some kind of fun that involved music and loudness right outside my computering nook. I tried yelling at them, but they couldn't hear. Maybe I should invest in a bullhorn.

Weekly total: 1430. Bah. Too many late nights, and also annoying neighbors.

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16 June 2018 - Saturday


Dave's mom "Tabby" is visiting at Monkeycat Towers, which makes Jus and Nonny very happy. And probably Dave too.


  • Sailor Moon S 18: Among all the things Usage is the worst at, "Cupid" has to be pretty high on the list.
  • Laid-Back Camp 3: See, having another person around when you camp isn't so bad!
  • My Hero Academia 21-22: The first round of one-on-one fights were all good. Poor Ochaco, though.
  • ACCA 10: Another cigarette.

Words: 118. Anime started late so I got home late, blargh. As long as I have a social schedule, I probably shouldn't increase my quota past 100.

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15 June 2018 - Friday

Words: 259.

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14 June 2018 - Thursday

The vet says Ghirardelli's horrible neck lump is not a problem, so I guess I will believe her.

It looks like Marith moving in might not be delayed as she had feared. Wum!

Words: 271.

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13 June 2018 - Wednesday

Mike is still Elsewhere, but we have everyone else this week (Kelsey perhaps only in body) so we had chaat and almost had 13th Age, but instead tried making characters for Changeling: The Lost, which is what Ken plans to run after we destroy civilization.

Making characters is hard. I am thinking of someone who was abducted by the Timothy-Leary-esque Keeper, and used for cosmic exploration via astral projection, until they realized that all the worlds they were "exploring" were actually being created by them for subjugation by the Keeper (which reminds me that I failed to see the recent Wrinkle in Time movie). I'm not sure this fits with the theme and/or paradigm, though.

I should probably give up and make a male character.

I found Revenant Gun (Yoon Ha Lee) somewhat more comprehensible than the first two books in the trilogy, possibly because my brain has already been stretched into the new shape. It is still pretty awesome and disturbing, though, full of extradimensional mathematics and extremely sketchy transhumanism and unremarked queerness. Also, a parallel to Ancillary Mercy, which is all to the good.

Night Shift is the first in what is projected to be a series, "Emily Monroe Is Not The Chosen One", about a young woman who unfortunately happens to look very much like the greatest superhero in the city and therefore must obviously be her secret ID. It does not have worldbuilding or writing that makes me want to plummet into a deep pit like Revenant Gun, but it is possibly even gayer.

Words: 111. Without Mike to make us leave at a reasonable hour, we apparently will sit around for half an hour or more after my phone tells us to stop having fun. Also all my writing sucks.

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12 June 2018 - Tuesday

I tried to order books through the local indie bookstore, but they may have been too obscure. We'll have to see what happens.

Words: 182. Apparently going to a bookstore uses up more energy than I thought, or maybe it's that The Revenant Gun (Yoon Ha Lee) came out today, so dying in a pit seems like a viable alternative to writing.

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11 June 2018 - Monday

Bah, work. Can I have Fully-Automated Luxury Queer Space Communism now?

Volume 5 of Worth the Candle (cthulhuraejepsen) is now complete. Oh the doom. But at least not reproductive doom, exactly. Now the PCs have to actually change the world, instead of just wandering around being murderhobos.

Words: 389.

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10 June 2018 - Sunday

Today, I am mega-useless! At least I did a little bit of work, but it's hard to feel that I am making the world any better by doing so.

Words: 295.

Weekly total: 2181.

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9 June 2018 - Saturday

Unlike some recent weeks, this was a perfectly ordinary Saturday for me. Jus and Nonny got to do an obstacle course, though, which apparently was super-fun.

  • Sailor Moon S 16-17: Ganbatte, Makoto!
  • Laid-Back Camp 2: New characters appear!
  • ACCA 9: None of this conspiracy based on shared lust for power or wealth! Our conspiracy is fueled by... BREAD!
  • My Hero Academia 19-20: You can tell it's proper superhero genre fight when you need to whack the mentalist first.

In volume 2 of Fire Punch (Tatsuki Fujimoto), we see that the doom of the world is not exactly what it seemed before, and also that some relics of the old world remain to keep fucking things up.

I don't actually know anything about the telenovela genre, but maybe Free Chocolate (Amber Royer) is it? Family drama, celebrity, bio-exploitative economics, incursions by alien powers, hot (and extremely sketchy) guys, .... My tiny white brain might be excessively swayed by the use of Spanish in with the future slang. Anyway, it was not quite my kind of thing, but for people whose kind of thing it is, perhaps it is their actual thing!

Words: 427.

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8 June 2018 - Friday

The medtech(?) who took my stitches out seemed to think I had healed well. I guess being bathed in sweat is good for surgical incisions? Anyway, now my cranium is symmetricish.

Words: 263.

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7 June 2018 - Thursday

Yay, Avalon is still alive! Just very busy all the time.

Only one of the stories in The Red Brain (ed ST Joshi) is explicitly in the Cthulhu Mythos, and it's not the title one, but they are all cosmic horror and morbidity and death, so that's good.

Words: 337.

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6 June 2018 - Wednesday

Voting seems to have mostly worked out, I guess? Except that at the national level, the Nazipublicans are still building up to a second Holocaust.

Mike is out of town, Kelsey is busy with her thesis, and now Brooks is busy with family stuff or something, so no 13th Age this week. Instead I went shopping and went home and died in a pit.

Finally, I have all the planets in Walkr! (Until they add some new ones.) But only about half of them are level 7, so there's plenty of walking and tapping yet to do. (My clever plan is to upgrade planets forward from the beginning using money and time, and backward from the end using energy in the lab. It could work!)

Words: 291.

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5 June 2018 - Tuesday

I voted. Hopefully it went a tiny way toward beating back the Nazipublicans, although it was mostly only primaries.

This is for Marith.

Volume 2 of Astra (Kenta Shinohara) is a little better with the characterization, and maybe with the energy budget of the alien biology. Also, additional intraparty conflict!

Fire Punch vol 1 (Tatsuki Fujimoto) is Mad-Max-ish post-apocalypse, except that instead of fighting over water in a desert, the scattered bands of depraved and murderous survivors are fighting over food and fuel in an ice age. Also, some people have superpowers (one apiece), which adds to the potential depravity.

I finally got the Star Sea set in Love Nikki! But now I need something else to work on.

Words: 216.

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4 June 2018 - Monday

Once again I have failed to do voting research until the last minute. But you'd think the Internet would be more useful for this. I should have asked Wonkette.

Words: 352.

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3 June 2018 - Sunday

Doing something useful today was obviously not going to happen, but I avoided lying around the apartment all day by going to see Deadpool 2 and Infinity War. (Avalon disrecommended Solo, so it didn't make the cut even though it is currently playing.) Unfortunately, someone seems to have turned on the summer, so I also sweated 57 million gallons.

Deadpool 2 was much like the first one in many ways, so if you liked that, you'll like this. I probably wouldn't object to what happened to Vanessa if fridging weren't a thing; really it might have been the most realistic part of the whole movie. Domino was awesome, Yukio was adorable, Juggernaut was annoying (and may return in Deadpool 3?).

I did not expect the ending of Infinity War! (So, good job not spoiling me, tumblr.) I'm pretty sure there will have to be another movie, soon, which undoes it all; I can't imagine that they'd leave the MCU in that state.

Sadly, Thanos's plan was stupid from the very beginning. With such a huge budget, you'd think the writers could have afforded some advisors. Oh well.

Words: 234.

Weekly total: 2126.

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2 June 2018 - Saturday

Nonny and Jus went to the beach today. Apparently it was very fun, so hurray!

  • Sailor Moon S 14-15: Witches 5! I'm not sure why they translate Eudial as Eugeal in this version, though.
  • ACCA 7-8: Jean's big secret is out! To the viewers, at least.
  • My Hero Academia 16-18: All Might said, "Tell the world 'I am here'", but that's clearly the same as saying, "Come and get me", even if he got through the first two trials with cleverness instead of powers. Frog-girl is still best anyway.

Words: 332.

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1 June 2018 - Friday

43% mucus, with bonus coughing.

The Cackle of Cthulhu (ed Alex Shvartsman) is an anthology of humorous Mythos stories, which are actually amusing. Sadly it did not help me revive SCOOS, because I am too dim and probably also it was a terrible idea to begin with.

Words: 280.

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