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25 February 2021 - Thursday

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24 February 2021 - Wednesday

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23 February 2021 - Tuesday

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22 February 2021 - Monday

Standard Monday.


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  • Claws and Starships (MCA Hogarth): Assorted short pieces set in the Peltedverse. One of them explicitly addresses that fact that you don't get genetically-engineered anything without producing a lot of defective ones first, which you don't see acknowledged much in a lot of SF.
  • Excalibur Lost (Glynn Stewart): Novella, enslaved human remnants find their legendary Really Big Battleship and try to make a bid for galactic prominence again.

Leftover Indian food. Reheating stuff in the oven worked pretty well, but not as well as devouring it fresh would have been.


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21 February 2021 - Sunday

As always, I failed to either get up or sleep in properly.

Since I hadn't prepared anything for Scum and Villainy, it was even more unfocused and useless that usual, but we did get to a point where they have a job to make the engagement roll for next session. Now I should figure out the shape of their doom for the four possible rolls so I can pretend like I know what I'm doing.

Then I went to do all the shopping I usually do on Friday night and Saturday morning, but it went okayish. Except Safeway is never in stock.


I finally made it to the Indian restaurant while it was open! Chicken tikka masala, naan, samosa, onion pakoda, various bits.


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20 February 2021 - Saturday

First one customer needed help, then I forgot to set a timer so I overslept in until a million o'clock, then three customers attacked at once. I did not go grocery shopping. I did not get Thai lunch. I did not run Zoomwarts. I did not prepare for Scum and Villainy tomorrow. I did not accomplish anything except obeisance to capitalism and brainless fittering.


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Pizza.


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19 February 2021 - Friday

Now it's Friday! But I failed to shop.


Watched:

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  • A Deadly Education (Naomi Novik): I still like on reread, although it reminds me to die in a pit instead of trying to write because I never have any ideas. Also I want to call more people absolute spanners.

Instant-potted honey garlic soy chicken, marinated squashes, salad.


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18 February 2021 - Thursday

Did I have a brain today? Probably not. Why isn't it Friday? Gaming was two days ago!


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  • Hunter's Oath; Noble's Honor (Glynn Stewart): rest of the trilogy that began with Changeling's Fealty. Ever-increasing power, ever-increasing conspiracy, and so many murders.

Lemony butter cod, salad, garlic bread, stuffed gnocchi.


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17 February 2021 - Wednesday

Do I just not know how to sleep? Drinking Dr Pepper during gaming last night surely couldn't be related!


Read:

  • Spoils of War (Terry Mixon): Spinoff of the "Empire of Bones" series, starting off in the realm of the major enemy, but they are just inverse-of-all-alleged-American-virtues Commie Others like you might expect from US military.

What even is dinner?


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16 February 2021 - Tuesday

Monday on a Tuesday again. Why don't we always have long weekends?

In Eclipse Phase, we finally found somebody who is up to something, so we can go talk to him and ask what is going on. Also Svafa was massively awkward with a giant wolf monster, to the point that he updated his public profile in the middle of the conversation to indicate he's ace.


Microwave food.


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15 February 2021 - Monday

Loathsome, lethargic, space slug day.


Read:

  • Komi Can't Communicate (Tomohito Oda) vol 11: Some good Komi stuff, some stuff with Komi's brother.

I tried to get Indian food, but it is both Monday and a holiday, so I ended up eating cheese and crackers instead.


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14 February 2021 - Sunday

I slept in forever and then went shopping, which was a walk, but not as successful at getting groceries as I hoped. Then I lapsed into a sludgy torpor for the rest of the day.


Read:

  • Valentine's Day (Lindsay Buroker): Spinoff from the "Star Kingdom" series, with a satisfying amount of the most eccentric couple, but not enough catgirls.

Leftover tom kha kai.


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13 February 2021 - Saturday

Oh no, the bus stop right outside has been decomissioned, so I have to walk a WHOLE BLOCK to catch the bus. This definitely makes grocery shopping much more difficult. (No it doesn't.)

Will Bella believe that she made a mistake by sending the ghost after Dumbledore and she really does need to break Partha out of the dungeon? Or will she decide that's stupid and go back to bed? What will the little Rosamund in her head think?


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  • When Luck Runs Out (Terry Mixon): ...there's always gratuitous and OP alien nonsense, and weirdness about human reproduction. The end.
  • Futaribeya (Yukiko) vol 7: Sakurako seems content but I still feel a little sorry for her because Kasumi is so very ace.

Pizza.


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12 February 2021 - Friday

Yay it's Friday and I don't have to do on-call any more! Until tomorrow.


Read:

  • Race to Terra; Ruined Terra; Victory at Terra (Terry Mixon): Yep, this section of the plot is all about post-apocalyptic Earth,and the horrible things that happen there. Yet somehow not as horrible as the large-scale villains planned.

Tacos. Because I could.


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11 February 2021 - Thursday

Third day of on-call in a row, but I am done for this week! Until Saturday, anyway.


Watched:

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  • Hidden Enemies (Terry Mixon): More plot twists, more daring thefts, not a lot of actual space battles.
  • Kozmik Objects & Entities (Nate Treme): Strange places for not-very-serious space games, and the strange things you might meet there.

Salmon! And marinated vegetables and unmarinated garlic bread.


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10 February 2021 - Wednesday

I was on call during the day today because coworker k is taking the week off for his birthday. Which is perfectly valid in the world of unlimited PTO, if you aren't worried about your coworkers deciding they can live without you!


Read:

  • Recon in Force; Behind Enemy Lines; The Terra Gambit (Terry Mixon): Weddings, aliens, and way way too many cultural references to one tiny fraction of a percent of human history.

Fridge sandwiches. Not made of actual refrigerators, probably.


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9 February 2021 - Tuesday

We had no Kelsey for Eclipse Phase this week, as her father just passed away. :(

The rest of us did investigation, and apparently asked the right questions with the right skill rolls to find out what is happening to people and make some theories as to what people are doing as a result. Now if only we knew where people went.


Read:

  • Ghosts of Empire; Paying the Price (Terry Mixon): More exploration, politics, cyborg marine combat, etc.
  • Extreme Meatpunks Forever Quickstart (Heather Flowers, Aura Belle): I don't think Philadelphia is a semi-biological world drifting in sunless space, but nevertheless this game has Big Gritty Energy. The general combat move is "Fuck Around and Find Out". The standard PbtA dictum of "give every NPC a name" explicitly excepts fascists. The stats include Chill and Awkward. I think it's based a video game? Whatever. Stomp Nazis with your meat-mecha.

Mustardy chicken.


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8 February 2021 - Monday

Yuck, Monday. I think it's Monday. Time, how does it even.


Read:

  • Command Decisions (Terry Mixon): More doom, more trauma, more genocide, more conspiracy, more space.

Microwave tamales. Surprisingly satisfying.


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7 February 2021 - Sunday

As always, I planned to get up early at a reasonable time and then slept way so I barely made it to Zoom on time. Because I am dumb.

I did, however, get through most of the plot points I had prepared for Scum and Villainy, and also made the characters feel threatened. It turns out "the sniper shoots you for level 3 harm, would you like to roll to resist?" really does work, even though it's not what I naturally do at all.!


Read:

  • Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama) vol 7: Finally, some of Qifrey's backstory, in between dodging like heck. Coco's determination to be a great witch is renewed.

Leftovers and way too many snacks.


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6 February 2021 - Saturday

The cleaners were late and took a long time so I was late leaving my clean apartment for the wider world of grocery stores, but I was so sleepy it hardly mattered. I did find cavatappi, which has been on the list for ages. I thought it was large elbow macaroni, but it's actually a slightly fluted helix! :mind blown emoji:

In Zoomwarts, Bella did manage to rescue Harry Potter by clever use of house elves, but then tried to make Cho Chang look bad and did not succeed in driving a wedge between her and Harry.

I sort of prepared to run Scum and Villainy tomorrow. I'm sure it will be fine. Or at least adequate. Well, not completely inadequate. Maybe.


Watched:

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  • Veil of Shadows (Terry Mixon): Book 2, the main characters begin to find out how terrible the universe is.
  • "A Question of Faith" (Glynn Stewart): Spin-off short from the series about perfidious Terrans, showing how sometimes humans can avoid murdering each other.
  • Heaven's Design Team (Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, Tarako) vol 2: More failed attempts at mythical beasts, more actual weird beasts, some drama.

Meh, food.


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5 February 2021 - Friday

I successfully both took a shower and went grocery shopping in the evening, but it felt like that was all I could accomplish because suddenly I had no brain and also it was 7365238 o'clock at night.


Read:

  • Empire of Bones (Terry Mixon): A different, yet not dissimilar, milSF writer, with a different, yet not dissimilar series about space navies and space marines and space hereditary aristocrats, but more mystery and exploration.
  • Changeling's Fealty (Glynn Stewart): Urban fantasy set in Calgary, standard vampire/lycanthrope/fae/wizard/politics/humans must never know world, hapless protagonist who is secretly OP.

Milkshake, sausages, cheese, and crackers. Totally healthy.


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4 February 2021 - Thursday

Another early-morning meeting, this one an all-hands company meeting which did not say anything significantly different than the previous ones. Since that message is "things are going fine" I can't object, but didn't help me wake up at all.


Watched:

    Hilda 2.12-13: That's a cliffhanger ending, all right! I hope Netflix doesn't screw it up.

Read:

  • Agents of Mars (Glynn Stewart): Finishes the spin-off series, although some of the characters show up back in the main series.
  • Hench (Natalie Zina Walschots): Are superheroes actually good for the world? If not, can that be quantified? If so, what can be done about it? And what will that course do to the main character? This is about a fairly specific conception of of superheroes, but one that's common enough to have bite.
  • The Way of the Househusband (Kousuke Oono) vol 3: Yeah, needs a new gimmick, although I like when the ostensibly civilian wife is tough.

Ground turkey onion tomato sauce pasta.


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3 February 2021 - Wednesday

Yesterday was gaming, so today is Thursday and tomorrow is Friday, right? Right?

Not only can I not tell time, I can't install filter faucets. It looks like the washer inside the connector is too tall so the threads can't reach the ones of the faucet. Bah.


Read:

  • Mage-Provocateur (Glynn Stewart): Sequel to Interstellar Mage, more crime and intrigue. Seems to be happening between books 2 and 3 of the main series.

Microwave food.


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2 February 2021 - Tuesday

Had to get up early for a training presentation before normal work hours. Since presentations put me right to sleep at any time of day, this was not ideal.


This session of Eclipse Phase was mostly investigation. Possibly I would have been more into it if I hadn't gotten up early.

Eclipse Phase is very investigaty, I wonder if anyone has tried converting it to GUMSHOE? ...apparently yes. But I still don't appreciate Gumshoe and would rather use some kind of Forged in the Darkthing.


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  • Interstellar Mage (Glynn Stewart): First of a spin-off series from "Starship's Mage", following one of the secondary characters who lost their ship at the end of the first book, because their plot arc turned out to not be over.

Inspired by discussion on the slack, I went to get a milkshake and chicken tenders before gaming. The shake was good, the chicken tenders and fries were apparently not what I actually wanted. Oh well.


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1 February 2021 - Monday

Surprisingly quiet for a Monday. Maybe the customers are hiding from the inclement weather.


Read:

  • Operation Medusa (Glynn Stewart): Climactic conclusion, and it really is pretty conclusive, although there is a lot of setup for more books in the universe. Sadly, it's probably too late for the author to learn how electical power or quantum mechanics work.

Microwavish food.


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31 January 2021 - Sunday

I slept in even more than usual for a Sunday, because of how stupid I am, but eventually I managed to go do extra grocery shopping at the far Safeway. I did not manage to eat beforehand, with the expected results.


Read:

  • Q-Ship Chameleon; Rimward Stars (Glynn Stewart): Okay, the good guys can be pretty perfidious too. but strategy is like that, I guess.
  • Camp Flying Moose for Girls of All Kinds (Alicia Furness): A simple PbtA game about queer girls at summer camp in a cryptid-inhabited forest. It is not at all a fighty game.

I ate an entire tub of hummus with crackers after getting back from grocery shopping. I guess it was healthier than eating the entire cheesecake. Probably.


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30 January 2021 - Saturday

I did that thing where I plan to get up early and then keep sleeping in just a half hour more and then it's a million o'clock, but shopping was accomplished.

This week in Zoomwarts, everybody gets lost in the secret passages, Bella and her rival agree to stop pursuing Harry, and then Harry and Polka-Dot Lizard got lost too, just as everybody is about to have to go back to their dorms!

Staying up too late will definitely make tomorrow morning more productive, right?


Watched:

  • Dennou Coil 9: Test of courage episode! Also, Isako does something that seems terribly unwise.
  • The Promised Neverland 1.3-4: Sister Krone of the questionable character design is here, but who is the spy?!?

Read:

  • Heaven's Design Team (Hebi-Zou, Tsuta Suzuki, Tarako): I mean, boo, creationism, but it has actual weird biology, so that's something.

Watsonville Apple pizza. Bonus points for not eating enough to make myself sick.


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29 January 2021 - Friday

Hey, look, it's Friday again. I think this should happen more often. (Because I am dumb and bad at capitalism.)


Read:

  • Stellar Fox; Battle Group Avalon (Glynn Stewart): further, increasingly desparate, space battles. Also some romance, kinda.

I guess I ate food today?


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28 January 2021 - Thursday

Yay, new garbage disposal.


Read:

  • Space Carrier Avalon (Glynn Stewart): Yet another milSF series, no hot aliens in this one, but plenty of perfidious Terrans.
  • In/Spectre (Kyo Shirodaia, Chashiba Katase) vol 12: A couple of side stories with the "dying message" gimmick, and an obnoxious but cute yuki-onna.

Microwave food, but it got cold and bleah so then I ate snacks. This was probably not the best decision.


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27 January 2021 - Wednesday

So much yawning, so I was very unproductive and had to stay logged on to work forever to have something to send a customer. Also our garbage disposal did not get replaced today.


Watched:

  • Hilda 2.11: Another reincorporation from first season! I want to see the spinoff show set in the Juvenile Void, though.

Read:

  • Demiurge (Michael Shea): Collection of Mythos stories mostly set in the near past in SF, although some in Antarctica. They are well-written, but I feel like many of them could have been shorter. Maybe I just don't appreciate slow-burn horror, though.
  • Dragonflame (Alex Raizman): A princess raised by a dragon, vs alien invaders that have conquered the world. It's definitely fantasy, but it feels very Star Wars in several places.
  • Dear Noman (Neji) vol 1: Somewhat standard teenager-gets-drafted-into-secret-anti-monster-organization, but yuri and the tall, black-suit-wearing partner may technically be tsundere but her tsun power is pretty weak.

Leftovers and microwave soup.


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26 January 2021 - Tuesday

Now that the Eclipse Phase characters have finished the trippy intro, it's time to figure out what is actually going on and why there are murders instead of emotional bonding.

The storm stole Kelsey, but we were almost done anyway. Hopefully she gets Internet back by next week.


Mustard chicken and asparagus.


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