Dungeon World + Elementary 1.1

Nov. 27th, 2014 04:31 pm
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- recent gaming
My sister ran a one-shot of Dungeon World! I believe she used one that someone else had written, involving the party breaking free from slavery in mines owned by an evil lich. (I have to specify "evil lich" because there was that one FIDONET AD&D netbook full of adventure hooks featuring a good lich and the trouble he got into. I wish I knew where to find that netbook again. It was hilarious.) I don't think Dungeon World is a crunchy enough system to satisfy Joe, but we had fun. But for a more casual one-shot, it was fine. I'm not terribly crunchy myself.

Even funnier was the lizard, who played an "elven" "ranger," by which I mean her RP was actually appropriate to a kender thief. (Are there any kender who aren't thieves? I've never read the Dragonlance RPG materials, as opposed to the novels.) My favorite was the giant spider Joe and I (paladin and fighter, respectively) killed without her help because she ran away, and then after the spider was dead she asked, "Is there any loot?" She asked that a lot, just that time was the funniest. And Joe gave her a gem he found and her initial reaction to the blackened idol of a fallen god with gems for eyes was still, "Can I take the eyes?" I talked her down to just touching the eyes and at least that didn't trigger a deathtrap, ZOMG. I sense we are not yet ready for Grimtooth's Traps. Heck, I'm not ready for Grimtooth's Traps. I've never even read Grimtooth; I just know of them through reputation via a friend of ours in college.

Also, unrelated to gaming, I ordered two bottles of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Yule 2014 Strawberry Sufganiyot:
A sugar-dusted pile of sufganiyot, trickling bright rivulets of strawberry jelly.

Even if it doesn't work on me, I will probably be able to trade it for something else. But honestly, it sounds delightful. I have probably sold a story (it's slightly convoluted) so I felt like celebrating.

- recent viewing
Elementary 1.1. Hey, I loved this. My sister brought it to show me. :) She wasn't sure I would like this, but I loved it from early on--the dynamic between this Sherlock and Joan is awesome. My sister said that Joan has style and smarts and can hold her own against Sherlock, and that's how I'm feeling already. Does anyone have nonspoilery Sherlock + Joan icons? :D

photo of the day

Nov. 27th, 2014 03:50 pm
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In honor of the tasty, tasty goose we ate for Thanksgiving lunch. =) I roasted vegetables in the same pan (so delicious! drenched in goose fat and drippings) and I made pork sausage stuffing in the slow cooker.

I am very full now.

Foxes are totally trustworthy.
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Dubiety the Cat attempted to ruin genocide day by not urinating for over twenty-four hours. I got him to the vet and back before the meal was ready, though. I ruined his plans. We ruined genocide day ourselves, the traditional way - by discussing politics at the dinner table.

(The libertarian cousin said about what you'd expect your libertarian cousin to say. I scolded her from the couch, where I had retreated in the company of the baby, the dog, and $3 wine.)

Happy Thanksgiving

Nov. 27th, 2014 10:24 am
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stained glass depicting a cup, grapes, and grain
Happy Thanksgiving
to those of you who observe

I am so much WORD about this

Nov. 27th, 2014 07:02 pm
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This is a notion given currency night after night in fictional accounts of what we do. The idea propagated by series such as House – showcasing the heroic doctor as mercurial medical detective – is that disaster is averted by acts of impromptu brilliance performed by radicals who have little regard for conventional practice. In fact, more lives are actually saved when doctors adopt a step-by-step systematic approach based on the evidence of what works.* It is less glamorous and involves hard, unremitting effort.

*O HAI, John Snow, Ehrlich&Hato, Ms Nightingale and her statistics...

I am pretty sure my dearios have already seen me (and probably more than once) whinge on apply sophisticated cultural analysis to that whole 'maverick saves the day by driving a spaceship through boring restrictive ol' rules' trope of enormous annoyance wherever it is found.

Even if mercurial brilliance is somewhere in the process, there's usually, either before or after, a lot of plodding carefully away either getting to the flashpoint of EUREKA, or afterwards, working out how it can actually be put into practice. (Sometimes, we concede, the mercurial flash and the steady working-through are undertaken by different hands, let us contemplate that example I so often cite of Fleming's apercu, finally rendered practicable therapeutics by Florey, Chain and Heatley.)

From Kate's brother

Nov. 27th, 2014 09:38 am
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Kate got this note from her brother:

Don't let this opportunity go unrealized:

Sudden craving for pad thai and pickles? "Brain Surgery"

Caught watching "My Pretty Pony"? "Brain Surgery"

Tell everyone it was a sunflower seed you put up your nose when you were four, or an absorbed twin.

When you come out of surgery, don't recognize anyone and claim your name is Ethel Shapiro.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

thanksgiving, 2014

Nov. 27th, 2014 09:34 am
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Ah, parenting small children on this particular Thanksgiving morning. Lazing about in bed, cuddling, being a wrestling referee ("NO BITING!") explaining that people want to shut down the Thanksgiving parade because the police keep killing black guys, explaining that their parents are sad and what death means. Relaxing!

And Rocket is cutting FOUR molars, poor little thing. No wonder he's been so fussy and demanding. I keep trying to tell myself that there will come a day when no one wants any of my time, and I probably won't be happy about that either, so I should try to enjoy this while I got it. True, I don't really want two or three decades of that, but could I have like a weekend of it right now, though?

The Junebug verbally asked me for a hug the other night, for the first time ever, though. It was wonderful, although also pretty funny, because I think the cunning little bugger played me. We were out getting burgers for dinner, and he went to grab my arm with his greasy little hands, and I said "DON'T touch my sweater with your greasy hands, you know the rule!" And he said "Mama, can I have a hug?" And I knew this was manipulation and you know what, it didn't matter. When they offer you the bait you want just that much, you see the hook and you take it anyway. Because it's worth it. Didn't even hesitate; hugged the crap out of him and he hugged me right back and I'm pretty sure I got grease and ketchup all over my sweater and in my hair and I didn't even care.

To be fair, it's not that he doesn't ask for cuddles. It's that the way he does it is, he says "I'm the lobster and you are the shark that ate me." - or the lion that ate him, or whatever. This means he will curl up on my lap in a little ball and I will wrap my arms around him and tell him that he's in my tummy and he was delicious. This is because no matter how Freudian my life gets, parenting is one long streak of the universe telling me it's just not Freudian enough yet.

Got to see some friends last weekend that I don't get to see nearly often enough, which was wonderful. Why is distance? :(

Rocket got his first haircut and I held him on my lap and he did not even cry once. He's a hero!

Wednesday post

Nov. 27th, 2014 09:24 am
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Colonoscopy ended with a clean bill of health. Yay. I look forward to not having blue jello and sports drinks for another five years.

I am well rested and sort of goofing off today. We get to go early, so yipee! I am back to being giddy about not being in charge.

(Watches clock.)

Thank you [personal profile] firecat, Little Inferno was perfect for me during the prep day.

I'm still in love with Panoche hills, but wonder when i will go next. Holidays seem likely to be filled with people wanting to shoot guns. The trio we noticed with high powered rifles dressed in cammo with balaclavas was worrying for Christine. (Why a balaclava? I was wearing short sleeves? It wasn't by any stretch *cold*.) Fie.

In Memoriam

Nov. 27th, 2014 08:31 am
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 P.D. James, novelist (mysteries)


Nov. 27th, 2014 04:04 pm
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Yesterday I did not manage to leave the house in an out-the-front-door sort of a sense; I went out briefly in the mid-afternoon and faffed with the compost, whereupon our VisitCat headbutted me a bit and briefly attempted to use my corduroy trousers as a scratching post (but responded appropriately to being firmly rebuffed). So far, so good: it was a nice amount of VisitCat, and more than we get most days.

And then I opened the back door again briefly in the evening, when it was raining and I was tidying up the kitchen, and was baffled to hear something moving behind me. ... VisitCat had decided it was miserable out and they wanted to be IN MY WARM HOUSE; I am not entirely clear why it wasn't happy going to its own home, but I wasn't complaining, because - I spent about two hours with an increasingly dry and fluffy cat curled up in my lap purring enormously (seriously VisitCat was sufficiently happy with this state of affairs that when I picked them up so we could move from a chair to me being horizontal on a bed all it did was sniff the new surroundings briefly before curling back up on my lap and falling asleep). I have removed the tape blocking the catflap in the interests of potentially more VisitCat, though it seemed baffled by the concept last night, but -- aaaah warm fuzzy purring aminalfrnd. It was very, very restorative.

Which does, of course, mean that I am pondering the etiquette of VisitCat! It has a collar and a bell and is generally simultaneously sleek & butch in fairly impressive combination, incredibly fluffy for a short-haired cat, and clearly not unhappy with its lot in life. It also clearly really likes the relative quiet of our house and getting scritches. Is it okay for me to have unblocked the cat flap? We're not going to feed it or put out water bowls or whatever, but is it okay to have cat treats? Etc etc. HOW DOES INTERFACE WITH CAT BELONGS TO OTHERHUMAN.

(I will attempt to get photographs next time VisitCat swings by! This time I kinda unexpectedly ended up with a lap full of cat and didn't feel like disturbing it.)

Happy Thanksgiving

Nov. 27th, 2014 07:24 am
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I’m thankful to people preserving traditional knowledge, especially languages, as they encompass different ways of thinking. Here’s an article about young Native American women working to preserve their culture. (Hat tip to Juliette Wade.)

I’m also thankful for libraries. This tale of the Ferguson library gives me some hope for humanity. They’ve also published a third wish list if you wish to contribute more specifically.

There are many other things I’m thankful for, but those two seem particularly important today.

This post by Chuck Wendig about -ists is an excellent read. I’ve been meaning to write a response to Faruk Ateş’s post What Being Cis Means to Me because I can go to a different place. Maybe if I say this in a blog post, I’ll actually write it.

Originally published at deirdre.net. You can comment here or there.

[poem] &

Nov. 27th, 2014 12:29 pm
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What joy, this, to learn what others find in you:
to watch people I love adore anew, to take reciprocal
delight as you illuminate each others' facets
too often hidden from my view by busy-fingered fates
and orbital mechanics. Yes: this too
expands the borders & horizons of
my familiar faithful heart. I'm astounded
by how much I can encompass; by how large
I grow. I learn from you.

Without: the patchwork of the comforting dark,
the sheets of rain, stitched firm
with nets of light we've wrapped round trees
as reminder, to help us find our path.
Bubbles, catching street lamps, float like stars.
Look up. You blaze. You, too, are a landmark.

Cheap labor

Nov. 27th, 2014 06:12 am

He did everything

Nov. 27th, 2014 06:06 am
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Remembering Frederik Pohl on his birthday

Thanx to Tor.com.


Nov. 27th, 2014 08:54 pm
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I like lots of different kinds of music, including laid-back saxophone music.  :)   And tonight, I'll be off to a concert with saxophonist Trần Mạnh Tuấn, whose music I first heard in a taxi, in the taxi's CD player.  Ahhh... it felt wonderful... so cooling  (maybe it was hot day?) and calm.  :)  I loved it so much and enthused so much to the taxi-driver that he wanted to make me a present of it, which just goes to show how mellow saxophone music can make us.   (Thank you, Adolphe Sax.)  I'm not exactly sure, but I think what was playing then was this album.

And to those having Thanksgiving dinners today, or tonight, may they be wonderful and cool (errr...maybe cool is not exactly what's wanted in some places, as the northern hemisphere nudges towards winter) and calm and mellow:   dulcet, mellifluous, smooth, warm, rich, says the online thesaurus -- genial, affable, pleasant, relaxed, easy-going...   Yep.  That's what I'm wishing for all of you, whether at Thanksgiving dinners or not!



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