Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 October 2020 - Saturday

It's Halloween, I guess.

On call, but customers did not attack.

Ayse and Ken made some kind of Halloween festivities for Jus and Nonny, so Jus was having too much fun for either Zoomwarts or anime.


Watched:

  • Mob Psycho 100 2.1-3: I don't think you can actually manipulate someone into becoming a better person, can you?

Takeaway Thai.


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30 October 2020 - Friday

Having filled out my ballot, I ran it over to the library (which is always further than I think) and tucked it into the sturdy, hopefully fireproof, metal ballot box to be counted.


Microwave food.


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29 October 2020 - Thursday

I finally got my act together enough to fill out my ballot. Did I mention, fuck the Republicans and their pro-business Nazism?


Microwave food.


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28 October 2020 - Wednesday

Finally, the 13th Age Glorantha characters have made it to Nochet, where they are prophesied to meet the person they are hunting. They also have several other prophecies, or at least pieces of good advice, extracted via drumming-based divination, but heal up during the journey.

Ken has been meh about this game, possibly because his character is to a large extent comic relief, or possibly because no one is happy in 2020, so he is going to run Eclipse Phase for a while and we'll see what happens.


Read:

  • Dead Lies Dreaming (Charles Stross): Cyberpunk/supervillains vs horrifying billionaires in the dystopian Nyarlathotep-ruled Britain of the post-Delirium Brief Laundry timeline. None of the characters from the first eight or nine books show up except as brief mentions.

Leftovers.


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27 October 2020 - Tuesday

You, too, can be a muppet!


Mouth much better today, although still pretty bleah. Did some works although not very competently.


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Creamy sundried-tomato chicken and roasted vegetables.


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26 October 2020 - Monday

No work, instead I went to the dentist. The x-rays overestimated the gnarliness of the root situation, so instead of two hours or more, it took less than an hour to extract the unwanted tooth. However, I still have a huge hole in my mouth. Sadly, I was not smart enough to predict this and buy lots of soft food yesterday, but at least I got soup and fried rice, which require little chewing. No milkshake because the ice cream store is closed on Mondays.


Now would be an excellent time for nutrient tabs.


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25 October 2020 - Sunday

After some moderately successful grocery shopping, I tried going to the burger joint that I used to go and sit at for leisurely lunch in the Before Times. I was dubious, but fortunately I have pocket fronds to enable me. I think it was fine, epidemiologically speaking, but eating outside with sun getting in my face and wind blowing stuff around and cooling the food is not as great. I did drink three of the five different kinds of diet Dr Pepper, though.


Read:

  • Phoenix Extravagant (Yoon Ha Lee): Quite different from the Hexarchate books! Secondary-world fantasy based on Korea with bonus Japanese colonizers, magic powered by something horrible, nonbinary protagonist, romance, robot rights (okay, a little like the Hexarchate), and apparently [SPOILER].

I guess.


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24 October 2020 - Saturday

Instead of taking the chance of going shopping, or getting up and working on RCA for yesterday's party, I went back to bed after acknowledging being on-call. It was nice and cozy, but I regret the loss of my morning. As it turns out, Coworker L figured out what the deal was, at least superficially, so now what I need to do is get more information and extract knowledge from the developers. Ugh.


Watched:


Food, I guess.


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23 October 2020 - Friday

HAPPY HAPPY AYSE-DAY!!


On the phone with a customer until well past quitting time. After the first little while I wasn't doing the work, but I felt like I should be there anyway. I may have to spend tomorrow poring over log files.


Read:

  • The Tindalos Asset (Caitlin R Kiernan): Modern-day spooks vs Mythos, very gritty, non-linear, so much doom, inventive horrors.

Microwave food.


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22 October 2020 - Thursday

Why even is work?


Read:

  • Come As You Are (Emily Nagoski): What the science actually says about women's sexuality, so 0% relevant to my life but possibly relevant to characters I write. Starts with a chapter about the anatomy (romance novels, that's not how hymens work), but is mostly about the psychology: excitatory and inhibitory (in the neurological sense) systems, nonconcordant arousal (another thing common wisdom gets completely wrong), spontaneous and responsive desire, how stress makes everything worse, terrible cultural ideas make everything worse too. The main solution is, unsurprisingly, mindfulness. Additional themes/messages: you are normal, everyone (including men) has the same parts arranged in different ways, if you're having trouble having satisfying sex then create contexts with more excitatory cues and fewer inhibitory cues. It seems fairly sensible, so I expect people find it horrifying.

This time I got pizza.


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21 October 2020 - Wednesday

This week in 13th Age Glorantha, a trek across the creepy wasteland of the Shadow Plateau, a disagreement with a troll and a giant mantis in which the trollkin definitely come off worse, and finally a fight with horrifying monsters right outside what they hope is the place they're looking for. Looks like another fight where we have no chance but will get captured instead of eaten.


I was all set to get gaming pizza, but then I remembered I had leftovers and microwave food that were running short of time.


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20 October 2020 - Tuesday

Marith had today off, but apparently she is dead from capitalism. Only my soul was killed by capitalism (specifically, customers who don't read what I write, never mind links I send them).


Microwave food.


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19 October 2020 - Monday

Huh, Monday again. I bet it's still 2020, too.


Leftover Chinese takeaway.


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18 October 2020 - Sunday

We played Scum and Villainy and this time I beat people up more. Everyone took enough stress that induldging their vice was a good idea, and two people took non-trivial harm. Also a hapless microwave was slain and then buried in reentry. Next session, an actual paying job that could even increase their rep with a faction!


Chinese takeaway.


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17 October 2020 - Saturday

Cleaners delayed shopping by being an hour late, but it worked out in the end, I guess.

Bella is still being very oppressed, so much that she was even kind of sensible once or twice, and hardly set anybody on fire. I think she might have ambitions on all the boys, though.


Watched:

  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! 4: Wow,she is really dense. But apparently also beloved, which I hope means this is going to turn out the way I hope.
  • Mob Psycho 100 1.11-12: As expected, episode 10's cliffhanger was not as expected, and although vast psychic power is important, character is even more important. And Reigen's lesson is not one that you often see in shounen anime.

Apparently cookies don't count as dinner for some reason, so I had leftover sausages and leftover rice. That's a protein!


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unfair opinions by marithlizard (Sun Oct 18 23:00:41 2020)

I'll grant you that cookies should count as dinner, and it is tragic that they do not!

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16 October 2020 - Friday

Slow day at work. I actually made an example for a customer instead of just telling them to RTFM.


Microwave food.


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15 October 2020 - Thursday

I finally watched the video Jus made about the last Zoomwarts game, and I don't get recaps that good from my adult gamers!


Microwave food.


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14 October 2020 - Wednesday

Back to the dentist to review the results of the skull integrity check and formulate a plan. It looks like the empty crater of a tooth is difficult to remove, but once removed will leave a good place to put an implant, so that one goes first.

This time the dentist was in the middle of the day, and also there was a lot of plumbing (we're in the future, plumbing involves theremins) so work was all discombobulated even more than usual when I try to do it, and also Marith couldn't go to sleep until a million o'clock in the afternoon.

Everyone had power this week, so we could play 13th Age Glorantha. This session, the PCs make it up to Tarpit, at the very top of the plateau on top of Shadow Plateau, and meet Sir Scissors, the troll trader with a sense of humor comprehensible to humans. He has in fact met with their quarry, who is going by Don Dark again, and who purchased the location of the local Hobobobom priestess. Presuming that the Thanatar cultist wants to steal the knowledge cultist's head, the PCs buy some trollkin to barter for not being eaten, and set off.


Read:

  • The Hollow Places (T Kingfisher): Two T Kingfisher characters end up in a terrible place with terrible things, and they really are terrible, much worse than a mere corpse in the bakery. But very T Kingfisher, or maybe that's just in the way the characters react. Anyway, screaming-intensifies emoji.

Thai takeaway, because what even is money.


Words: Almost, but then the alarm rang to stop preparing for bed and actually go.

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13 October 2020 - Tuesday

Boss is out, so the work slack was quiet, but otherwise nothing different.


Watched:

  • Steven Universe Future 6-8: Ayse says this is going someplace and is not just a bunch of vignettes with obvious morals, so we will keep watching.

Lemon-thyme chicken and broccoli.


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12 October 2020 - Monday

Monday, Monday, Monday.


Watched:

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  • Maya and the Rising Dark (Rena Barron): Middle schooler + mythology, this time African orishas. I did not find the writing compelling, although I suppose a middle schooler might.
  • Things We Think About Games (Will Hindmarch, Jeff Tidball, et al): A couple hundred things people have thought about how to play (mostly) and design games, video, board, and RPG. Obviously the ones that confirm my existing opinions (like, don't slow play to optimize, and let people play their own positions) are correct and valid, while the highers are highly dubious at best.

Salmon and risotto.


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11 October 2020 - Sunday

Completely useless all day. Too much Random Dice. Not enough hydration or writing or anything.

NaNoWriMo is coming. Will I try it this year, even knowing I am doomed to failure on multiple levels?

https://www.the-world-that-was.com/writing-process

Microwave food.


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10 October 2020 - Saturday

HAPPY HAPPY MARITHDAY!!


Zoomwarts! Bella gets a letter from her family. That's good, right?


Watched:


Pizza of celebration.


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9 October 2020 - Friday

Plumbing, whee. It allegedly works now, but for how long? The manager said I should bother him more about things that don't work, although apparently he also had to browbeat the landlord into agreeing to spend money on fixing things.


Read:

  • The Times I Knew I Was Gay (Eleanor Crewes): Cute illustrated autobiography of the author's extremely non-monotonic progress toward coming out.

I guess I ate something today?


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8 October 2020 - Thursday

Did anything happen today? Maybe not.


Microwave food.


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7 October 2020 - Wednesday

I had to get up two and a half hours early to go to Mountain View for a 2-minute irradiation. (I think that company may literally be just a series of tiny offices each with one machine.) Now my plumbing is clogged, and gaming is probably cancelled due to Ken and Dave not having any electrons. On the other hand, I did manage to get some Diet Snapple that's not peach, and a customer solved their problem which was of their own making. You win some, you lose some?


No gaming, power is not expected to be restored to Ken and Dave until a hundred o'clock at night.

Read:

  • A Deadly Education (Naomi Novik): This was not as literary as Novik's past couple of books, but I quite liked it anyway. Look, worldbuilding that actually justifies a magic school with a horrifying survival rate! Also Galadriel is so very put-upon, it's great.
  • Tristan Strong Destroys the World (Kwame Mbalia): Sequel to Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, returning to the fantastic world, but it doesn't add enough new. The next book could be interesting, though.

Leftovers and toaster oven food. Yes, I actually ate an entire tupperware full of farfalle with no sauce.


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6 October 2020 - Tuesday

Ack, it's been three months (or ten thousand years, or thirty seconds) since my last quarterly review. I do not suck more this quarter than last, somehow, and may even suck less, to the point where I could try to gain XP for levelling up.


Watched:

    The Umbrella Academy 2.10: That did wrap a lot of things up, but cliffhanger ending! I hope Netflix doesn't drop this too.

Lemon-thyme chicken, and carrots of many colors.


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5 October 2020 - Monday

This time I went to the dentist for fillings. It was surprisingly quick and almost completely painless. These days they just trowel on the goo, cure it with UV, and away you go.


Read:

  • Dark Banquet (Bill Schutt): All about animals that live more or less exclusively on blood. Sadly, I already knew most of it, although I did not know there are three species of vampire bat. I thought there was only one. Also, invertebrates are super-creepy and gross.
  • Bearly a Lady (Cassandra Khaw): Surprisingly for the author, not horror! Except that a werebear's dating prospects, even a bisexual werebear, in modern London, are pretty dire.

I ate food, I guess?


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4 October 2020 - Sunday

We finally had the whole crew together for the actual campaign of Scum and Villainy. Unsurprisingly, they went for the Stardancer again, but there was a significant minority in favor of the Firedrake, so I obviously need to throw some political stuff in with the urbot stuff. I also need to go a lot harder, because no one even took any harm this time! I am clearly the worst GM ever.


Read:

  • Wait for Night (Stephen Graham Jones): That wasn't what I was expecting from the blurb.

I got a chimichanga because I had never had one, but meh.


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3 October 2020 - Saturday

Shoppingu, shoppingu, la la la!

We made a quick visit to stand in Ayse and Ken's driveway with masks on so Marith could give Jus birthday buttons. They are all still alive, and probably doing better than we are.

Then we had to scurry back home to play Zoomwarts. I'm not sure we made any progress on the plot, but Bella was very extra and managed to slip a secret note to Harry and got only a little more detention.


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Meh, food.


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2 October 2020 - Friday

Hey, look, the work week is over! Time for weekend stress!

Although hopefully the entire Republican party is having a lot more stress. Also, ha ha!


Read:

  • Layers of Force (Lindsay Buroker): Conclusion of the 8-book series! Everything comes crashing together! It really does wrap up all the plotlines, although in a sadly heterosexual fashion. There could be sequels, but they are by no means necessary.
  • Short Stories from the Star Kingdom (Lindsay Buroker): Prequels about the origins of various teams that are already formed when the main series started.

Leftover microwave food. I had plans for more ambitious microwave food, but am too dumb.


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1 October 2020 - Thursday

HAPPY HAPPY JUSDAY!!


Holiday in India so I had to stay at work late, but whatever. Marith is dead from capitalism anyway.


Read:

  • Home Front (Lindsay Buroker): Penultimate book of the series, in which doing the right thing just pisses off the major remaining problem more and more.

Hm, that was too much pasta, and also not cooked quite enough, but now I know better. Also I have pasta to put under leftovers later.


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