Previously, in Trip's Life...

30 April 2020 - Thursday

I did some work stuff, almost but not quite like I knew what I was doing.


Watched:

  • Founder of Diabolism 3: Still posing as the person who gave up his body to him, our antihero goes to martial arts training, where he flirts with cute guys and causes trouble.

Words: FAIL.

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29 April 2020 - Wednesday

13th Age Glorantha! Takeaway burrito of death!

Suprisingly, it was the trickster who had the plan, but then the bar was set by the Humakti and the Storm Bull, neither of whom should be trusted with a delicate ransom negotiation. Anyway, Brogandi and Gosik were restored to the bosom of their clan, and Brogandi only owes Harmast the Thrice-Defenestrated a favor worth a dozen or so cattle. Perhaps the Lunar scum will also get in trouble for pocketing the whole wergild instead of just the transfer fee, but that might be too much to hope for.


Words: FAIL.

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28 April 2020 - Tuesday

I did work, but otherwise this day was a complete writeoff.


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27 April 2020 - Monday

Beginning week seven of WFH/lockdown. What even is time anymore?

(I've heard that March lasted a million years because everything was always changing, but April was over instantly because everyone had settled into a lockdown routine. If so, I hope May is also short, but I have the horrible feeling the Trumpists will screw everything up in multiple ways over the course of the month.

Marith is working late all this week, so I will have to find my own entertainment. Or die in a pit.


Watched:

  • Founder of Diabolism 1-2: I don't know where Marith found this, and the Chinese subtitles overlaid with English ones make me think this is probably a bootleg copy, but it's pretty swell. If I were sacrificing my life to bring someone back to inhabit my body, I'd probably leave a note saying what I wanted them to do, but it seems to be working out anyway.

Words: FAIL.

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26 April 2020 - Sunday

Instead of setting the alarm for when I thought I should get up and then screwing with it to waste extra time not sleeping, I set it for the latest time that seemed reasonable, and woke up then. I didn't actually do anything useful for the rest of the day, but at least I was awake to do nothing!


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.8: Well, at least Eliot wasn't also an expert race car driver. I wanted Hardison to get an apprentice though.

Read:

  • Inside Mari vol 4-5 (Shuzo Oshimi): More nudity, this time not all of it unappealing, but bringing with it a creepy clue. Also more of Yori's backstory and why she is so prickly.

Words: FAIL.

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25 April 2020 - Saturday

Weirdly, there was no line at Trader Joe's today. There were people inside (mostly old people who shopped like it was 2019, or maybe that's just me) and everything seemed fine, but it was weird.


Maybe Thursday and Friday were days of low morale because I forgot to take my brain pills (because I keep screwing around with my morning alarms to avoid getting up)? I didn't think the brain pills wore off that fast, but maybe the effects only take a long time to start and end immediately. I could look it up, but it would be depressing.


Based on the pictures I pick in Happy Color and how long I've spent going through ArtStation, it seems incontrovertible that my method of coping with quarantine is looking at pretty girls on computers. Because I do suck.


This time Marith ran for Jus (and me), and was able to shamelessly rip off the media of our youth. "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you kids and your meddling lizards!" But Jus let the villain off the hook and even promised to bring him groceries.

Next week I have to run. I had an idea, but now I'm not sure if I like it. I'm sad that Princess World involves so much drawing together and colored pens and stuff.


Watched:

  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 1: Marith does like it, even though it is gory!
  • Keep Your Hands Off The Eizouken! 4-6: Now we know where the title comes from, and Kanamori shows us how the Eizouken is going to get that way! Also she is probably the only person who could get the other two to compromise on their artistic vision in order to finish in time to blow the student council away. Plus, excellent ranting on the tragedy of giant robot anime!

Read:

  • Inside Mari vol 3 (Shuzo Oshimi): The obvious thing that might have happened, doesn't seem to have been what happened. Except what the main character remembers doesn't match other memories.

Words: FAIL.

coping methods by marithlizard (Sun Apr 26 00:03:22 2020)

As someone who copes with pictures and stories about attractive animated people, I don't see the problem! Neither do any of the thousands of other AO3 readers and Tumblr users. Your brainweasels are the ones that suck.

Re: coping methods by Trip (Sun Apr 26 20:42:50 2020)

No, I'm pretty sure that's different.

Re: coping methods by marithlizard (Mon Apr 27 18:01:54 2020)

Is the difference is "all those other people are not me"? :)

Re: coping methods by Trip (Sat May 2 21:40:34 2020)

And therefore might not be terrible.

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24 April 2020 - Friday

Today was a day of even lower morale. Ayse kindly listened to me whine and talked about mindfulness meditation and gave me foncy choco. I didn't do any of the meditation, but talking about it helped.

I spent the rest of the day flailing uselessly at one problem from yesterday that should have been trivial. Late in the afternoon I remembered that my alleged core competency is reading the god damned error message, and from that point it was like five minutes until I finished the repro and wrote the customer back that my original theory was 100% correct in every regard and everything was fine.

I guess I'll write up the KB article Monday.


Words: FAIL.

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23 April 2020 - Thursday

I understood things in meetings today, so I guess that's good. I did not accomplish many things, though. Except Happy Color, I accomplished a lot of that. It was a day of low morale.


Read:

  • Inside Mari vol 2 (Shuzo Oshimi): Apparently Mari was acting really weird before she got this NEET in her body, and now he's probably ruined her social life but at least he's experienced one of the terrible parts of having a female body. There is nudity, but it's... not appealing.

Words: FAIL.

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22 April 2020 - Wednesday

13th Age Glorantha happened successfully, but Mernyr was thwarted, and nothing came of the whole Travelling Stone thing. On the other hand, the away team made it back to their usual Lunar-robbing grounds, so we switched to the home team, where Brogandi is being dragged off to be tried in court for aggravated defense of clan treasures. Surely the other PCs will rescue him!


Words: FAIL.

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21 April 2020 - Tuesday

I got up for the early meeting this time, and it was moderately useful. Then there were more meetings. And less brain.


Watched:

  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 6-7: That is not a thing I have seen undead do very often before! Also, social strain because a train full of PTSD is not a very stable society. I have been watching this on my own because I think it is too gory for Marith, but what if I'm wrong and should watch it with her? Except she works until late every night.

Read:

  • Inside Mari vol 1 (Shuzo Oshimi): M/F body swap has been done many times in the comedy genre, but here it's bizarre and traumatic and where did the other mind go and why is this weird girl bullying him about not ruining the life he's taken over and augh.

Words: FAIL.

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20 April 2020 - Monday

Week Six of WFH/lockdown begins. Will it be almost the same as the previous five, but slightly more terrible? Signs point to yes.


Watched:

  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 1-5: Trains vs zombies! Well, steampunk vs undead — they act like zombies but are more like vampires in some ways and unique in others. There's a male and female lead, but so far no romance. Lots of death and gore, though.

Words: FAIL.

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19 April 2020 - Sunday

I wasted the entire morning on sloth (definitely my sin of choice in my old age, although gluttony also has its place) but was not the last person to log into Roll20 for Atlantic City Rollers. In fact, I beat the GM, so technically I wasn't even late!

This issue, aliens invade! The Rollers are interrupted at the mayor's re-election party by news of fighting in space, and then an enormous flying saucer, nearly a kilometer in diameter, descends toward Atlantic City!

Fortunately, although they have a very large starship, these aliens are not particularly competent, and the Mechanic is able to decoy the small pods into shooting off one of the saucer's engines, while Feathers guides it to crash out at sea instead of onto the city. (Yes, she used a Macbook.)

Unfortunately, the crash released the terribly radioactive space amoeba that was powering the ship, so the heroes have to defeat that before it gets loose on Earth, while saving the hapless aliens from the sinking saucer. It isn't easy, but the Atlantic City Rollers save the day once again!


Watched:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 1.4-5: Sokka gets fed his words by a girl, Zuko shows why nobody likes the Fire Nation, Aang meets an old friend.

Read:

  • Spooktacular (Ewen Cluney): A very simple, non-infringing, retroclone of the Ghostbusters RPG. You have etheric zappers, you have a funky car, you get paid (sometimes) to bust ghosts.

Words: FAIL.

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18 April 2020 - Saturday

Got up early to shop, it went pretty well, I went back to sleep for a couple of hours, and that was half the day gone.

Forgot to wash my mask after shopping so that it could dry while I napped, spent a big chunk of the afternoon waiting on that, eventually did some more shopping.

More masks arrived, courtesy of extremely excellent pocket frond. Hurray!

In the afternoon, we met up with Jus via zoom to play No Thank You, Evil! and it worked out very well! But possibly I should run something for her to model a different course, so she doesn't turn into a Mike-style, roll for every single little thing, GM.

In the evening, we somehow managed to watch anime with Dave (and apparently Jus), probably because we did not get metastream involved.


Watched:

  • Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! 1-3: It definitely falls into the "anime about making anime/manga" genre, but it's much less about doing it for real and much more about the enthusiasm and imagination.

Words: FAIL.

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17 April 2020 - Friday

What is Friday even?


Watched:

  • Elementary 3.23: A fiendish and convoluted plan, involving arthropods. Also intrigue in the NYPD.

Read:

  • Spirit Circle vol 1-3 (Satoshi Mizukami): I read the first volume a while ago and liked it, and finally noticed I had two more, so I read them! Kouko continues to hold a grudge against Fuuta, who experiences more of his past lives, including some that don't entire follow the pattern, but still cannot get to the answers he seeks. I will have to figure out how to get more volumes without involving Amazon.

Words: FAIL.

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16 April 2020 - Thursday

I was pretty blargh today because after all the crying I still had to stay up late playing 13th Age Glorantha (trolls played trollball all over our camp, it was horrible) and then get up on time earlier than I would prefer for a company all-hands meeting (turns out quarters still end and have financial indicators, just like in the Before Times). But I did a thing at work, so yay me, I guess?


Watched:

  • Leverage 3.7: They missed a chance to have some real Sovereign Citizen bafflegab in there, but I suppose it would have been too unbelievable.

Words: FAIL.

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15 April 2020 - Wednesday

Aspen

??? 2006 -- 15th April 2020

She Will Always Be Missed

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14 April 2020 - Tuesday

The vet now has a chat thing on their website so I didn't have to make a phone call to confirm that Aspen needs to go in, but that had no effect on whether Marith is working today. We will have to take Aspen in tomorrow morning and wait in the parking lot forever, because did you notice the country is being run into the ground by one political party so nothing works?

Also I roasted broccoli, and it turned out very well. Maybe someday I will be ready for recipes that involve two steps!


Words: FAIL.

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13 April 2020 - Monday

I was supposed to get up early but failed because I suck. Also it's Monday and I think Aspen isn't eating. (But somehow, she is still pooping. Disgustingly. On my bed.) By the time I progressed past worrying uselessly into deciding to call the vet despite our current dystopia, it was too late to do anything useful, but at least my pocket fronds are supportive.

Ayse has introduced me to Happy Color which may be even more addictive than Tile Craft.


Read:

  • Americana (Liam Ginty): A game for playing teens investigating the death of their friend in (1950s America + fantastical creatures and magic - (racism + sexism + homophobia)). It's a very simple system but heavy on helping each other, and Your Dead Friend is written up as a character who can provide assist dice with flashbacks. The concept is very good, but I'm not sure it makes me brave enough to try to run a mystery and expect it to be satisfying.

Words: FAIL.

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12 April 2020 - Sunday

So useless. More useless than that.


Watched:

  • The Case Files of Jeweler Richard 10-12: Everything is resolved, and then some more stuff is resolved, and almost everyone ends up okay. The End! (Apparently there are multiple light novels, so I guess there could be additional seasons, but they don't seem to be on Crunchyroll.)

Words: FAIL.

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11 April 2020 - Saturday

Got up early to grocery shop, wearing my shiny new mask. I must have been wearing it right because it made my glasses fog up, but it wasn't too uncomfortable. Cleaning an individual mask is a pain, though, so I should try to get my pocket frond to make enough that I can just wear a new one each time I go out and then launder them all at the end of the week (or even twice a week). That would not be selfish at all, right?

Finally we got organized with Dave and just set up a zoom meeting for discussion and for pressing play on videos at the same time, and finished RWBY! Next up, probably Hands Off Eizouken.


Watched:

  • RWBY 7.11-13: The grand finale of the season in which everyone fights and then there's a cliffhanger! Marith thinks some of the fighting was completely out of character, but I only agree with some of her positions.

Read:

  • Giant Spider & Me vol 1 (Kikori Morino): A young girl living alone in the post-apocalyptic wasteland pleasant forest meets a peculiar spider-creature and makes friends with them through the power of Japanese cooking. Recipes are included, as is a cliff-hanger ending that will probably be resolved without harm to anyone in the next volume.

Words: FAIL.

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10 April 2020 - Friday

I did not manage to do anything even slightly useful today. I mean, I did work, but that's just capitalism.


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9 April 2020 - Thursday

Apparently I talked too much in the team meeting today. Who am I, and what have I done with Trip?

At least I remembered to go for a walk today.


Hurray, the masks from our pocket frond arrived! I will wash them and then I can wear on if I ever remember to go outside again.


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8 April 2020 - Wednesday

I gave in and bought a paid Zoom account for gaming, but I don't like it.

Roll20 has introduced lighting and vision and darkvision and all kinds of knobs which Mike likes to twiddle with, confirming my belief that he should really be designing computer games. However, we stuck with 13th Age Glorantha for this session, in which our travelers met some Lunars who were also tourists at the Traveling Stone, although probably with nefarious intent.

Best line of the evening: Lunar wyvern-rider: "I was a con artist and criminal, and then the Lunar empire gave me a purpose and now I am a scholar." Garstal: "My family were scholars, but then the Lunar empire killed them and now I'm a con artist and criminal."

Worst line of the evening: anything Mernyr said to the cute Lunar archer. She's seventeen, so good judgement is not to be expected, but I feel like her companions should be more concerned that all the people she wants to sleep with are Lunars.

Anyway, despite the obvious perfidy, Mernyr agreed to watch the site for the return of the Traveling Stone for a few days in exchange for a huge pile of cash. It's not like they can't betray him later (although Elsas sticking around makes that harder).


Read:

  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology vol 1-4 (ed Joe Yamazaki, Jeremy Haun, Jason A Hurley): So RWBY was translated into Japanese at some point, and then people made fan comics in Japanese, and now those have been translated back.into English in four volumes (one per main character, in order). They are cute, but not really that great.

Words: FAIL.

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7 April 2020 - Tuesday

Hurray, the cleaners came! Boo, they did not do social distancing or even have masks! I tipped them a lot anyway, because I am not a Libertarian Logic Bro.

We finally have started quarterly reviews at work, so this one actually covered my whole year. It was pretty fair, I think, although this company has actual standards and are not amazed just because I know what to do with a command line.


Watched:

  • Elementary 3.22: In which Joan and Sherlock perceive completely different things about Marcus's secret squeeze, and also for-profit prisons and police corruption are normalized by everyone except Sherlock.

Words: FAIL.

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6 April 2020 - Monday

Marith was working until late, so I roasted some broccoli to go with my chicken strips. I think I used too much olive oil, but otherwise it worked well. Ish.


Watched:

  • Dropkick on my Devil!! Dash 1: Probably very funny to Japanese people? Or maybe not even. Surely there was something more interesting to do with a summoned snakelady, though.

Read:

  • Necrotic Edifices of Iron and Moon (Sean Richer): An adventure for Troika! that is so surreal I have no idea what it is even about, never mind being able to run it.
  • The House of the Red Doors (James A Pozenel Jr): A less surreal Troika! adventure, for one player, about a magical test in which the character can win some or all of what they desire, or just die miserably. Actually, this adventure might be too coherent for Troika.

Words: Check, just barely.

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5 April 2020 - Sunday

Zoom took away the automatic override of the 40-minute limit on free accounts! This does not make me want to upgrade my account, and fortunately Edie already had a paid account for school so I didn't have to!

In this issue of Atlantic City Rollers, the Rollers are all chilling in their dimensionally-complex base while Veela tries to unravel the intrusion into her comm system (see last issue). The hack starts reraveling itself as she works, and finally she discovers that it's under active supervision when two weirdos teleport into her lab and start trashing the place! One summons abstract-looking minions that emit energy beams, and the other opens portals that spew out seeker missiles and otherwise annoy the heroes.

Somehow, none of the twenty rooms in the house is more than three away from any other, and Anonymouse, at least, knows all the secret doors (is she an elf? that would explain why she's so short!), so soon everyone is there to pile in. It looks bad for the good guys, as the minion-maker keeps churning out his simple geometric shapes and the teleporter hides behind his portals, Anonymouse falls into the brownies' subdimension, and gravity inverts itself, but in the end, no one can withstand the pounding fists of the Mechanic, especially when he's giving them a swirly in the garbage-disposal wormhole.

The minion-maker escapes through the last-ditch portal, but Moth tackles the portal-maker and he is captured. It turns out that Central and Portal Meister belong to a villain group called the Exec, who all have powers that let them hack reality like a computer system and are organized enough to have a fast-response team on standby.

So, not only have the Rollers made another enemy, but their base may be more unstable than they thought.


Watched:

    Leverage 3.6: In which Eliot is a country music heartthrob and Parker is Bjo--eccentric.

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4 April 2020 - Saturday

No cleaners, they will be here on Tuesday instead.


It took me like five hours to go grocery shopping, although part of that was because I thought the bus schedule was merely unreliable, when in fact it is a work of purest fiction, and the only way to find out what buses are doing is to call the helpdesk and wait on hold for twenty minutes. But it's not like I had a lot of stuff that needed doing today.


Read:

  • Hook: Dead to Rights (Melissa Snark): Peter Pan fanfic. Captain Hook and her undisciplined pirate crew try to save human kids from the faerie horror that is Peter Pan, but it's not easy. Unsurprisingly, she talks more villainous than she acts.

Words: Check, amazingly.

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3 April 2020 - Friday

Survived another week, so I'm doing better than many.


Watched:

  • Orphan Black 3.1: Oh the doom. But more of the doom is taking the form of physical violence, which is not okay by Marith. We might have to find something else to watch.

Read:

  • Electric Bastionland (Chris McDowall): You are in Bastion, the only city that matters, surrounded by the archaic Deep Country, beneath the Living Stars, above the machine-haunted Underground. You have a failed career, 1d6 money (and probably some trinket from your failed career based on that same d6 roll), 1d6 HP (and probably some trait or something ditto), and you are collectively 10,000 pounds in debt. Becoming a treasure hunter is your only hope. The aesthetic is vaguely early C20, with bonus Kafka-esque beauracracy, intelligent animals, aliens, and lots of general weirdness. The system is extremely simple, and the designer advises using it as little as possible anyway. It's not at all PbtA but comes from a similar philosophy, I think.

Words: FAIL.

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2 April 2020 - Thursday

I tried to heat up soup, with disastrous results. Maybe I should stick to cold food. Or just not eating.


Watched:

  • The Case Files of Jeweler Richard 8-9: Wait, so after episode 7, Seigi is pretending to be straight again? But at least that only lasted one episode, now he can prove his devotion to Richard again.

Read:

  • Princess Jellyfish vol 1 (Akiko Higashimura): I'm not sure what I was expecting from this, but what I got was a house full of women who better things to do than be feminine, an invading glamour girl, combat makeovers, and econo-political machinations. Also some romance, maybe.

Words: FAIL.

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1 April 2020 - Wednesday

The world has relatively few stupid April Fools jokes this year, and that is just fine by me.

We tried to have the company meeting again, with more technical success. My job does not appear to be in any danger, because our company makes stuff that lets other companies profit from people being online, and guess what? Everyone is online because of social distancing!

I may have recorded this in my status report as "Company Meeting II: Electric Boogaloo".


Our second attempt at playing 13th Age Glorantha via Roll20 and zoom was also more successful than the first. Mike even had a map prepared so we could have a fight scene (in which we trounced the terrible pig-people).


Words: FAIL.

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