Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 July 2020 - Friday

Marith has to work tomorrow, so the social things we usually do on Saturday afternoon and evening had to happen today.


Watched:

Read:

  • "Deriving Life" (Elizabeth Bear): I know, but I bought it a long time ago. Anyway, it's kind of like those symbiote guys in ST:tNG crossed with the Tasmanian devil face thing, with lots of grieving.
  • "A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers" (Alyssa Wong): Enough power to rewrite the world is still not enough to keep humans from being shitty.
  • "For He Can Creep" (Siobhan Carroll): Certain lines of For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry taken literally.
  • "The Glass Galago" (AM Dellamonica): Mystery/intrigue in the world of Child of a Hidden Sea.
  • Champions Now (Ron Edwards): OSR Champions, but not a retroclone. It starts from 3E, but instead of making it more complex and GURPS-like, streamlines it and gives the GM more say. There are only a few stats, no figured stats (okay, technically, Stun and End are multiples of Body, but you can't buy them separately or anything), Strength and Presence are bought in dice because they're really powers, only a few broad skills that give narrative permission to make Int/Dex/Ego rolls instead of bonuses, strict limits on how many extra active points you can cheese into your character with limitations, Speed only goes up to 6. There's no more free recovery at the end of each round, and reducing End cost is expensive, so End is a major constraint. Special effects are always true (your laser Teleport acts like a laser, your high-pressure gas jet Energy BLast is high pessure) but how much impact this has is up to the GM unless you buy the advantages and linked powers and whatnot. Campaigns are based on present-day Earth, one statement about powers/supers, and one statement about the social context, go! It still has some of the clunky bits (OCV+11-3d6, ugh), but seems like it could work with sufficient attitude.

It's convenient having a pizza place right around the corner.


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30 July 2020 - Thursday

I sort of had some idea how the product works today, which is more than can be said for certain customers.

The thing that I have to stay at work to do on Thursdays has been moved from 19:30 to 18:30 while Coworker T is out for the next few weeks, which in theory gives me an extra hour to do non-work stuff, but in practice I may not be that bright.


Read:

  • "Waters of Versailles" (Kelly Robson): Even actual magic isn't enough for the hereditary aristocracy.
  • "Triquetra" (Kirstyn McDermott): Snow White, the sequel.
  • "Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome" (John Scalzi): The backstory to Locked In.

Microwave food.


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29 July 2020 - Wednesday

In 13th Age Glorantha we finished last session's fight. The duck did shank Mernyr, but Garstal screwed up his attack with some exquisitely-timed Trickster bullshit, and Mernyr stayed conscious, which was a surprise to the dragonnewt trying to take her hostage. The fight didn't last long after that, with the rock lizards dead, the duck surrendered, and the dragonnewt catatonic.

The duck is glad to give up everything he has to save his life, but this does not include the holy purse the PCs were sent to fetch. He denies all knowledge of it, and claims to be smart enough to not steal holy objects from shrines. When unrolled, the dragonnewt confirms the duck's story. Also, neither the duck nor the baboons know anything about disabling wards by means of carefully drilled holes. However, the duck and his sidekick did hear about the baboons' planned assault from some mysterious character by the name of Don Dark, who might have been an Irripi Ontor (Lunar knowledge god) cultist and had what the dragonnewt claims were "constructs" as bodyguards. Also, the shrine the purse was stolen from is where the horrible Chaos apparition that stole Mernyr's Air rune manifested. Well, crap.


Read:

A bunch more "Tor.com original" shortpieces.

  • "Uncanny Valley" (Greg Egan): Not of the body, but of the mind.
  • "Ecdysis" (Julianna Baggott): Reread, too metaphorical(?) for me, but definitely about transness.
  • "Do Not Touch" (Prudence Shen): Reread, art problems and the poor staffers who have to fix them.
  • "Any Way The Wind Blows" (Seanan McGuire): Reread, interdimensional dirigibles.
  • "Among The Thorns" (Veronica Schanoes): Jewish women's magic in historical Europe.
  • "Burning Girls" (Veronica Schanoes): Jewish women's magic in early C20 America.
  • "The Colonel" (Peter Watts) Reread, humans vs posthumans, I think a side story to Blindsight.
  • "A Burden Shared" (Jo Walton): Parental love and pain transference apps.
  • "These Deathless Bones" (Cassandra Khaw): Necromancer justice.
  • "Loss of Signal" (SB Divya): Cyborg courage.
  • "Dark Warm Heart" (Rich Larson): Person lost in snowstorm and presumed dead makes it home.

Microwave food.


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28 July 2020 - Tuesday

Extra-early all-hands meeting today, but we all still have jobs, so that's fine. I guess. Even though I got hardly anything done today.


Read:

  • The Dispatcher (John Scalzi): Suddenly, people who are killed by another person start resurrecting. This has implications for people dying of natural causes in a capitalist system.
  • The Last Emperox (John Scalzi): Conclusion of the trilogy, in which many things and people change, although the oncoming disaster set up in the first book is not averted. Kiva remains awesome.
  • "The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir" (Karin Tidbeck): A short story about a living spaceship and some of the people who travel in her.
  • "Adult Children of Alien Beings" (Dennis Danvers): Someone is told that his parents were aliens. Belief ensues.
  • "A Clean Sweep With All The Trimmings" (James Alan Gardner): How can you go wrong with Damon Runyon style and space molls?
  • "Combustion Hour" (Yoon Ha Lee) reread: I think the shadow puppets are a metaphor, but that doesn't make it any less creepy.
  • "The Martian Obelisk" (Linda Nagata): Art vs humanity.
  • "The Nearest" (Greg Egan): When your brain turns against you.
  • "Variations On An Apple" (Yoon Ha Lee): Posthuman space Iliad in which Paris makes different choices.
  • "The Word of Flesh and Soul" (Ruthanna Emrys): Dangerous language and tenured thick-headedness.

Microwave food.


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27 July 2020 - Monday

Boo, Monday capitalism.


Read:

  • City of Stone and Silence (Django Wexler): The protagonist of Ship of Smoke and Steel was committing her many heinous crimes so her little sister could grow up as a proper lady with no crime. The little sister turns out about as well as you might expect while the big sister is fighting zombies and all sort of crazy stuff in the crazy place the ghost ship dumped her.
  • Ashes of the Sun (Django Wexler): Similar to the other series in that biomancers are hated and feared, there are remnants of a magically advanced lost golden age, and girlsmooches, but also Jedi and rebels and dungeon crawls and siblings reuniting after many years.

Toaster oven sausages and sauerkraut.


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26 July 2020 - Sunday

I had to go grocery shopping today, which was less ideal than going on Saturday, but I guess it worked well enough. We have food, anyway.


Watched:

  • Leverage 4.3: Characterization still not great. Get your act together, writers!

Read:

  • "The Ones Who Look" (Katharine Duckett): Surveillance capitalism didn't need to be any more than a matter of life and death, really.
  • Ran and the Gray World (Aki Irie) vol 4: The action plot is really taking off now.

Crispy salmon and soupy squash.


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25 July 2020 - Saturday

On call from 7:30, so no grocery shopping today, but the cleaners didn't come until 11:30, so I got to lie there next to my phone being completely useless.

Jus finished her adventure in which we had to save Chibi-Hana from being a Galaxy Sister, and Beep Boop did not get ultimate power. We did defeat the evil android queen by singing, however.


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.7-9: Beach house doom grows and grows, but has not exploded yet. Really, the curse is just Akito, isn't it?

Thai takeaway for lunch and dinner both.


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24 July 2020 - Friday

Yay, it's Friday. I tried to do a thing for work and didn't do a very good job, but it sort of got done.


Read:

  • Houses Under The Sea (Caitlín R Kiernan): A collection of her more explicitly Lovecraftian short fiction. The ocean is really creepy.
  • "Home" (Martha Wells): The short story supposedly only available in the hardcover edition of Network Effect. (Insert shifty eyes emoji here.) MurderBot takes such good care of its friends.
  • The Fox's Tower and Other Tales (Yoon Ha Lee): Flash fiction in the 1-2 page range, almost all fairytales, mostly not as grim as the Hexarchate books.
  • Ships of Smoke and Steel (Django Wexler): Is this sufficiently advanced magic, or sufficiently advanced technology? It's really hard to tell! The main character reforms awfully fast, but then, she is hanging out with an awfully strange princess.
  • Expanded Adventurer (Trevor Murray, Ben Rosenbloom): Fourteen compendium classes for Dungeon World. Again, varying quality, but one is based on Steven Universe, so I can't complain.

Salad lunch, microwave dinner.


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Martha Wells story by marithlizard (Sat Jul 25 23:24:17 2020)

Huh, I have the hardcover edition of Network Effect, and it does not contain that story! Fortunately we have pocket fronds.

Re: Martha Wells story by Trip (Sun Jul 26 13:35:53 2020)

I think it was something stupid like you had to enter your preorder number on the website and they'd send you the story as a PDF.

Artificially limiting distribution of stories makes me froth and hiss.

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23 July 2020 - Thursday

I have another weekly meeting, but it's right after one of the existing weekly meetings, so it doesn't spread the annoyance too much.

The think I have been working on (not very cleverly) for ages has finally come to fruition, and I'm pretty sure the problem is the customer's and not ours. Hurray?


Watched:

    The Untamed/Chen qing ling 1.4: The villainous clan is properly color-coded, I see. But is their princess immune to our main character's roguish charms?

Read:

  • Incomplete Adventurer (Trevor Murray, Ben Rosenbloom): Eighteen new playbooks for Dungeon World, which I find of varying quality. I don't like the "treat your summoned creature as another character" mechanic; the Ranger approach seems much more DW to me.

More chicken to go with the extra tomato balsamic sauce.


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22 July 2020 - Wednesday

Despite having to go into the office for work (insert screaming llama emoji here), Ken made it to gaming, so we had everyone for 13th Age Glorantha. This session: into the Rainbow Caves! The spoiled meat did work to lure most of the horrible armadillo creatures out of the way, and the rest were easily dealt with, or at least Mernyr didn't get swarmed. There were some mushrooms that no one has been poisoned by yet (although the trickster did pick some), some human-sized lizards that didn't seem inclined to tangle with a whole bunch of things as big as them, and eventually Jorendona tracked the duck and the dragonnewt to their lair (just barely into the rainbow part of the caves, yellow shading to orange).

Unfortunately, once the dragonnewt stopped doing yoga poses, he was able to get all the lizards to attack, which made things much dicier. This was especially true for Mernyr, who had charged the duck right off and got pinned in a corner with the duck, the dragonnewt, one lizard, and apparently no sense of self-preservation, but two attacks per round (which incidentally means twice the chance of getting the earth priestess's favor). When we broke for the evening, she had chopped the lizard into bits, but was down to 1 hit point because I forgot one of her like two remaining class powers is the ability to spend a recovery as a quick action.


Wow, a lot of people really don't like Dungeon World. Of course some of the vituperation is because Twitter, but I think a lot of it is people being disappointed that DW isn't an improvement over D&D on every conceivable axis, which since it was advertised as "old-school feel" is not something I ever expected.

That said, I'd definitely be interested in a 2e or equivalent.


Read:

  • The Zeppelin Deception (Collenn Gleason): The finale of the Stoker & Holmes series, in which everything is answered, even things nobody asked. However, it doesn't wrap things in up in what I consider a satisfying way, so meh.
  • Ran and the Gray World (Aki Irie) vol 3: Jin's whirlwind romance!

Microwave food. Marith slept entirely through dinner time.


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21 July 2020 - Tuesday

Work meetings. Work. Customers. Blah.


Watched:

  • The Good Place 2.7-8: Derek is ridiculous, but I kind of like "Let's same place real now" as a parting.

Read:

  • A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking (T Kingfisher): A heartwarming children's book about murder, pogroms, governmental misfeasance, necromancy, siege warfare, and poop. It is very T Kingfisher.
  • The Carnelian Crow (Colleen Gleason): Fourth of five in the Stoker & Holmes series. A bunch of stuff happens, villainy is thwarted, Evaline cannot escape her terrible fate.

Balsamic tomato chicken.


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20 July 2020 - Monday

Monday.


Read:

  • Samurai 8 (Masashi Kishimoto, Akira Okubo) vol 2: I gave it another chance, but no, it is not interesting enough to overcome the bad composition of the panels.

Microwave food.


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19 July 2020 - Sunday

Final session of the Atlantic City Rollers! This time, the time is split up when they go to a bifurcated future: Feathers, the Mechanic, and Red Fang 13 end up in a radioactive wasteland, while Moth, Anonymouse, and Nighthawk are in a pleasant landscape inhabited by humans who already have statues built in their honor and have been negotiating the ritual games to decide ownership of Earth between the last remnants of humanity and the newly-arrived saurians.

The non-human members of the team take the first opportunity to return home, as "if you've seen one blasted radioactive hellscape with a beacon warning anything trying to leave the planet will be vaporized, you've seen them all" and try to figure out what happened to their friends.

"Meanwhile", the human Rollers are trouncing the saurian athletes, who have no superpowers. It's not entirely fair, but the honor of humanity is at stake! However, although the remaining humans (the last scions of one of the secret Himalayan orders the Mechanic keeps talking about founding) are glad for the win, they don't actually want to hog Earth until they die out, and the saurians don't think there are any humans left offworld — warm-blooded species seem to just vanish eventually. Too much scurrying, probably.

Back in the present, Feathers has figured out that there are two almost equally possible futures, probably spawned from a single decision. What could result in the Earth being nuked into oblivion and interdicted by the galactic powers? Goo, obviously. Destroying samples is sad, but she consigns the remaining goo to the plasma torch and makes a new timecube to retrieve her lost team members.

Apparently that was the crucial decision, because the time machine retrieves Moth, Nighthawk, and Anonymouse, along with a hundred or so strangers who will need to be treated as refugees but are glad to be among other humans. Maybe eventually some of them will be interested in this plan of the Mechanic's...

And there we have it.


I sent email about future gaming. We'll see if it gets any response.


Read:

  • Catfishing on Catnet (Naomi Kritzer): Surprisingly wholesome and heartwarming for a book about hacking a sex-ed robot (not like the one in Spaceship Agga Rutter!) and the complete lack of privacy in the Internet age, because it is actually about friendship and saving the world and a little about AI philosophy.
  • Not Your Idol (Aoi Makino) vol 1: It's about internalized misogyny and the idol philosophy and other things that are damaging to women in modern Japan, so it may turn out to be a very feminist manga but it is not grabbing me as fiction.

Microwave food.


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18 July 2020 - Saturday

Apparently I can get right up when the alarm goes off and get showered and dressed, just not to WFH. (Reminder: you don't hate mornings, you hate capitalism.)


Marith had to work extra so there was no anime tonight.


Read:

  • Ironclads (Adrian Tchaikovsky): The conceit is that knights again rule the battlefield in the cyberpunk dystopian future, except instead of the shitty murderous children of nobles with plate armor and horses trampling all over the common soldiers and ransoming each other back, it's the shitty murderous children of billionaires in impenetrable powered armor. It's a proper European conflict, though, in that the Finns are bloody terrifying.

Leftover Chinese takeaway.


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17 July 2020 - Friday

Yay, we made it to Friday. Also I logged in to work by 9:00 every day this week. The customers are still being annoying, though, so I had to foist a case off on my coworkers in order to log out by 17:3055 to game with Jus because we can't game tomorrow because capitalism.

This was a continuation of the game Jus was running a while back, where it turned out Chibi-Hana was a Galaxy Sister and everyone got swooped to Outer Space Town. The Galaxy Queen has gotten a retcon between sessions, though, and is now demanding, unhelpful, and sinister. Still, the PCs agreed to go get a feather from the Magic Goose because maybe they could hold it hostage or something to keep Chibi-Hana from undergoing "The Ritual", which sounded sketchy even before the robot chicken guarding the Magic Goose used the word "sacrifice".

The magic goose feather makes machines work better, so the plan for next session is to use it to give Beep Boop ultimate power power up Beep Boop so he can... hack! the! chicken! It is bound to go well.


Watched:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 1.14-15: These episodes were mostly about Aang &heart; Katara, but also about family and giant mole creatures and rationality and Iroh hitting on women way too young for him.

Read:

  • "68:Hazard:Cold" (Janelle C Shane): Unsurprisingly, it is about robots. And language. And cold places. And error codes.
  • The Goblin Emperor (Katherine Addison): I had been vaguely meaning to reread this and then fronds were talking about it in my pocket, so I did! Apparently it's only been six years since I read it last, but I may have evolved as a person because I now I was able to be appalled at the specific instances of misogyny, homophobia, hereditary aristocracy, and other human fuckery (the characters are called elves and goblins, and have exotic coloring and expressive ears, but are very very close to human), instead of just going, "yup, historical societys sucked". The linguistic worldbuilding is still very, many of the secondary characters are awesome, but the best part of the book is still Maia trying hard and being a good person despite being emperor.

Salmon of tastiness.


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16 July 2020 - Thursday

I finally got so sick of the ads that I uninstalled Numberzilla, which of course made me want to play it immediately.


I think I ate something?


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15 July 2020 - Wednesday

All my Walkr planets are finally at level 7! No more manual harvesting! Until the new planets ripen, but they're taking more than three weeks each at this point.


13th Age Glorantha!

Surprisingly, after returning from his mysterious errand, the pawnbroker was not overly critical of our handling of his house full of loot, but he was very upset that the duck had made off with one of his own magic items. After some haggling, an arrangement is made with the one captured baboon, where if she and her tribe help retrieve the lost item so the PCs can restore it to its owner, he will pay them enough money that they can buy the tooth the baboons want (and they don't care about) amd give it to them for their help. The baboons are highly dubious, but they really want the tooth, so they guide the PCs (with a detour for something to lure gross armadillo monsters away) to the Rainbow Caves, where the gross armadillo monsters live and the duck and the dragonnewt are hiding. Only a newtling responds to the baboons's attempt to lure the bandits out, but it reveals that the duck is lairing in a drier cave than the newt-types, and they don't care what happens to him and might even help attack him if the bodies of their kinsnewts are fetched from town before being eaten by humans.

Now they have to decide whether getting the help of the newtlings is worth another day's delay to travel back to town.


Read:

  • Unconquerable Sun (Kate Elliott): Space opera about people who are really in charge of things (whether they like it or not) and intrigue and complicated politics and space battles. The tech is a little sketchy, but overall I liked it a lot, and not just because it has many elements somewhat in common with the thing I was trying to write. Also everyone is queer.
  • Komi Can't Communicate (Tomohito Oda) vol 7: Yah, still not getting any more interesting, just full of more weirdos.

I forgot to eat, which means I probably didn't need any food. Right?


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14 July 2020 - Tuesday

Tuesday is the day of meetings at work, so I had to wear a shirt. I am getting to almost not dread the weekly meeting with my immediate manager, especially because this week was quarterly review time, and she did not make any note of my many glaring deficiencies as an employee!


Watched:

  • Leverage 4.2: The writers for last season were definitely better.

Read:

  • Komi Can't Communicate (Tomohito Oda) vol 6: I Liked this series initially, but it's not moving on. Other than there being more characters in every scene, this could be the third volume as easily as the sixth.

Honey mustard chicken, pasta salad, asparagus.


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13 July 2020 - Monday

Monday the 13th, most cursed of days!

Also week seventeen of shelter in place, which is a more auspicious number except it's too large and also not large enough.


Read:

  • The Chess Queen Enigma (Colleen Gleason): Third in the Holmes & Stoker series, in which some hot guys become unsuitable for romance and also one of the heroines gets her butt handed to her in her field of expertise. This villain is really doing their best to be unsympathetic!

Microwave food.


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12 July 2020 - Sunday

Atlantic City Rollers time travel adventure, this time without time travel! Having finally come back with information about where the gannok got the goo, the team tries to figure out what or where the centuries-old (in the future) facility would be in the present day, and it seems oddly familiar. In fact, Feathers is certain it's Maxis's fixer-upper base, where Nuclear Robot George came from. Since the present day is within the error bars for the base's age, the Rollers mention to Maxis that they found some hints that there might be unexploded supertech or other hazards in the base, and they'd like to check it out. Since they have a good working relationship with Maxis, the Rollers and Feathers' pile of equipment are allowed in, and soon find a suspiciously plain closet. Anonymouse activates it, and is immediately swept into a gauntlet of deathtraps prepared by a 1950s mad scientist for his nemesis, the Midnighter, complete with ten-minute self-destruct timer.

Moth finds that the evactuation has already started, so she handles making it run smoothly, while grilling Maxis about his suspicions that there was another base beneath the base. Her help is especially useful when Feathers and the Mechanic hack into the sub-base's archaic systems and discover that the deathtraps are still operational because they're powered by a fusion reactor.

With some advice from Nighthawk watching through the gloating system, Anonymouse makes it through a variety of death traps and winds up in the kitchen, where she is accosted by a cyborg well past its Best By date. By this time, a path has been opened up for reinforcements, and everyone comes down to defeat the cyberzombies and keep the base from blowing up. Victory!

And, when the post-war mad scientist's records are recovered, it turns out that he was trying to steal all superpowers for the Fourth Reich using disgusting goo, which has been percolating in a vat for seventy years. Victory over the future goopocalypse? Looks like one more trip to the future is called for!

Also Dave announced the end of the campaign, after one more episode to wrap up the current collection. Apparently I will be running next, since "...unless anyone else wants to" never goes anywhere. My hope is to get input from Edie and Hazel about what they would like to play, because the rest of us have already played a bunch of every genre. Oh, and we should see if Deirdre wants to game now that we're starting something new and she wouldn't have to drive.


Food, food, what is food?!


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11 July 2020 - Saturday

Apparently what I am running is Zoomwarts. Okay, then!

This session, the first-years tried to explore the mysterious corridor beyond the kitchen of the house-elves but were stopped by a walking statue that wouldn't let them past. They named it Christopher. It really wouldn't let them past, to the point that it broke Bella's leg, but Polkadot Lizard managed to shrink down and crawl under the mysterious door, where she found a giant floating armillary sphere glowing with green mist.

On the way to get Bella's leg repaired, they overheard Snape trying to get Harry expelled, and "his little girlfriend, that Riddle girl", but Rosa managed to keep Bella's rage in check.

Since Buckbeak was due to be executed the next day, Bella figured Harry, Ron, and Hermione would be going out on an ill-fated rescue mission. She was right, and intercepted them at the front door, where she ended up giving them the cloak back because it really is Harry's.

Rosamund was haunted by the ghost that looks like Bella, Bella was tormented by nightmares of jackals eating her Dark Mark, the lizards got a good night's sleep.

In the morning, the school was in an uproar because three students had been captured breaking into the Ministry of Magic and the execution of Buckbeak had been moved to the front courtyard at noon that day to show that there's no disobeying the Ministry. After a lot of panicking, and also insulting Harry (yet getting the cloak back from him?!), someone made a plan and Buckbeak was turned invisible, shrunk down, and lured into the forest by tasty, tasty lizard tail. We ended the session with Buckbeak escaping into the woods, still invisible.


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.4-6: Now we've seen Rin, and the highly misinterpretable scene with Shigure, and are embarking on the Beach Vacation of Dooooom.

Read:

  • Ran and the Gray World (Aki Irie) vol 2: Huh, I remembered the main plot taking longer to get going! And Tamao's arrival being later too!

Microwave food.


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10 July 2020 - Friday

It's actually Friday! We have survived week sixteen of shelter in place!


Watched:

    Leverage 4.1: Wait, this characterization seems different. Did we miss an OAV or something?

Feta chicken!


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9 July 2020 - Thursday

Thursday is almost Friday! Except I have to stay at work longer. The customers are still restless.


Read:

  • The Spiritglass Charade (Colleen Gleason): Next book after The Clockward Scarab, spiritualism and vampires and hot guys. Mina and Evaline still don't get along.

IDK, was this the night we had fish? No, that was Monday, this was the night we had panzanella! And Marith tried shrimp with coconut curry sauce, but it did not work for her.


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Thursday 7/8 by marithlizard (Sat Jul 11 22:34:07 2020)

My notes say this was the night of coconut curry shrimp and panzanella!

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8 July 2020 - Wednesday

As predicted, this session of 13th Age Glorantha was a fight against an entirely new set of enemies. These ones just wanted to loot the place we were guarding, with no excuse like retrieving stolen ancestral treasures, so fuck those guys. Things looked a little dicy until Jorandona loaded up with damage bonuses and then critted against the centaur, completely murderizing him with a single arrow. Then they still looked dicy, because dragonnewts are kind of terrifying, and also the baboons had come back, and a mysterious Chaos apparition destroyed Mernyr's connection to the Air rune, depriving her of most of her powers (including her special anti-dragonnewt attack). In the end, the murder duck and at least one baboon got free, carrying some amount of treasure but maybe not the extremely valuable baboon item.

I'm not sure what Mernyr is going to do now, even though I knew this was coming.


Oh, yah, dinner would have been a good idea. Well, maybe tomorrow.


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7 July 2020 - Tuesday

Where are all these customers coming from? Don't they have anything better to do?


Read:

  • The Clockwork Scarab (Colleen Gleason): She's the niece of Sherlock Holmes, she's the sister of Bram Stoker (and a straight-up Buffy-style slayer), together they fight steampunk crime. But that doesn't mean they get along! In an amusing parallel to books about male secret agents, most of the guys they have to interact with are hot, and many are also mysterious. There is obviously an overarching plot, but it's not clear how many books it will take to wrap up.

See, this is what I get for filling this in after the fact. I think it was leftovers because Marith wasn't up to cooking?


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6 July 2020 - Monday

Boo, Monday. How is getting up okay?


Read:

  • Attachments (Rainbow Rowell): A love story in which the guy who has no particular redeeming qualities except knowing what a computer is during the late 90s gets the beautiful girl. It was okay charming, I guess, although not as good as the author's later YA books, but I found it depressing for obvious reasons.
  • Ran and the Gray World (Aki Irie) vol 1: Rereading since the last volume just came out. Yikes, Otaro is more eccentric than I remembered.

Microwave leftovers. Pasta with goat cheese, bacon, and asparagus. Also fish.


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Monday 7/6 what even are dates by marithlizard (Sat Jul 11 22:37:16 2020)

I think this was the night of the so-so baked cod and the excellent mac-and-cheese with goat cheese and bacon and asparagus.

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5 July 2020 - Sunday

Another super-useless day! Also more about the entire SFF culture is full of horrible people. Really, do we even need humans in the arts? (I was going to say "men", because that's more clear-cut, but then discussion moved to JK Rowling being TERFy all over twitter, so...)


Watched:

    Leverage 3.15-16: Season finale! Two-stage operation against the main villain! A completely shocking development between team members! Marith was annoyed by how much worse the plotting was this time than usual and may not want to watch another season.

Chicken adobo and baby broccoli.


Words: Sure.

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4 July 2020 - Saturday

Instead of pretending I was going to get up at a reasonable time and then setting my alarm for another hour and another and another, I just set my alarm for way too late and slept without getting interrupted, and sure enough by the time the alarm went off, I was ready to get up. Or at least switch to reading manga.


I know it's the national holiday of a country founded on gun crime, but do there have to be quite this many fireworks?


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.1-3: Hurray, it's more Furuba! Although I'm not sure I can count myself as a fan, as I haven't memorized the manga the way Marith and Dave have. (And Ayse, but we are still in the Plague-Ridden Hellscape of 2020 so she can't watch with us.) I think everyone should marry Tohru, though.

Read:

  • Tomo-chan is a Girl (Fumita Yanagida) vol 7: An actual confession! And hey, if Jun doesn't work out, Tomo has apparently quite a few girls she has awakened things in.

Chicken with bones! Also lemon and thyme and squash boats.


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3 July 2020 - Friday

Yay, it's a holiday! I celebrated by being completely useless until mid-afternoon, when I finally went shopping. New manga is being produced, but many of the groceries were sold out, so bah.


Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 4-5: Another hot boy shows up to cause trouble, but despite that, Yurara's identity, varied affections, and spiritual powers are all sorted out by volume 5. Not everything has to run for 400 volumes like Bleach or One Piece!

Microwave food.


Words: Check, I guess.

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2 July 2020 - Thursday

We get tomorrow off, so today is almost Friday, except it has all the Thursday stuff like the Display My Ignorance meeting (not too much ignorance today) and working late.


Watched:

We heard that Amazon Prime was getting rid of Leverage, but it seems to still be here. For now.

  • Leverage 3.13-14: The one where Parker is a pretty good corpse, and the Christmas special. Go Parker!

Read:

  • The Night Land (William Hope Hodgson): Published in 1912, but written in an archaic style that is not one of its strengths. I can see how this would be cool and original back in the early days of SF when the dying Earth subgenre was less explored, and it's still a little creepy and definitely full of unexplained peril, but it's amazingly wordy and the future society seems to run mostly on the inexhaustible stores of patriarchy bequeathed by their ancestors. Apparently John Wright has written fanfic of this, and although I like his SFness, I am afraid to read it because I suspect he was inspired entirely by the patriarchy "romance" of the latter half of the story.

Salmon and dill and zucchini.


Words: A little. Kinda. I guess.

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1 July 2020 - Wednesday

This week in 13th Age Glorantha, Mike turns off all the special effects and the PCs fight some baboons! Half the baboons got in before Mernyr got to the attic, but she kept the other half at bay while the entire rest of the party struggled with the ones who got in. (To be fair, Mernyr had cover and was facing the ones who weren't bold enough to leap right in, while the people inside were facing the leaders.) But then, more trouble arrived and the baboons scarpered, probably without retrieving their stolen magic item, to leave the PCs to face it.

No gaming next week, Mike is travelling and Kelsey is moving.


Read:

  • Yurara (Chika Shiomi) vol 3: Another hot guy appears, but he is not making the love triangle any complicated than it already is, which is surprisingly complicated.

Leftovers.


Words: Check. Ish. I guess.

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