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2019-10-29:  "Re: Leverage" by Trip
2019-10-29:  "Leverage" by marithlizard
2019-09-17:  "Full games" by marithlizard
2019-06-18:  "Re: The Mummy" by marithlizard
2019-02-28:  "frittata" by marithlizard

16 November 2019 - Saturday

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15 November 2019 - Friday

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14 November 2019 - Thursday

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13 November 2019 - Wednesday

It turns out that I have gained fifteen pounds since I started this job, so that's not great. No more noms at work, I guess! Also, if it seems like I have some ADHD lately, it could be because I do and several years ago I switched away from Wellbutrin for my brain pills so the ADHD stopped being treated. I'm not convinced, I think I had already switched to Cymbalta for a few years before I stopped braining at work, but neither brain chemistry nor introspection are very sharp. I will still see what an actual psychiatrist thinks before changing my brain pills, because I think the current prescription does the best so far at antidepressing. Finally, I apparently have an enlarged turbinate, which could be why I snorfle all the time and don't sleep well. So overall I am glad I went to the doctor this morning instead of working, even if my job now probably thinks even less of me.


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12 November 2019 - Tuesday

Marith is being virtuous and doing job hunt stuff, so no watching tonight. Will I be similarly virtuous? Signs point to "no", but I have stuffing to eat.


Words: CHECK, somehow. But now I need multiple villainous plans to manipulate my poor protagonist.

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11 November 2019 - Monday

Blah, Monday.


Watched:

  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 4.11-13: No spoilers, but legitimate wow! (Okay, minor spoiler: an energy source so powerful it blew all the gel out of Adora's hair!)

Read:

  • Inverse Fellowship (Jacob Randolph): A followup to Fellowship, with a more specific setting (from Inverse World) and the Overlord replaced with the Horizon, to make it a game of exploration instead of the general case of LotR. Not as revolutionary, but probably a perfectly good game.

Words: FAIL.

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10 November 2019 - Sunday

I tried hard to be useless, but made it to the bus in time to get to Palo Alto for Atlantic City Rollers. This issue, the reality-bending Mav Bilium, having dropped the Dazzlings through a trapdoor into a fractal dimension, declares that she has won the wager the local and Brooklyn mobs had on the Battle of the Bands and is now the Mob Boss of Atlantic City (complete with wide lapels and Stutz Bearcat). Then she drives off with all of the mobsters present, back into her dimensional sculpture.

Huh.

Mav is probably up to something, but no one knows exactly what until her goons try to rob an armored car using strange dessert-themed weapons. Despite the gooiness, the goons are captured, and most of the money is saved. When Feathers analyzes the weapons, they are incomprehensibly bizarre, but when Moth and the Mechanic analyze the goons, they are willing to say where Mav's new hideout is.

Anonymouse sneaks in through the airducts (which are surprisingly large for a residence) and finds a bewildering maze with vents that let her spy on rooms that are not in the same time or climate zone but all contain Mav, in different-colored outfits. Apparently she is sticking with the board games theme. Eventually Anonymouse finds the room with the version of Mav that is briefing her underlings on her plan to do all the important mob boss things, like bank robberies, but without hurting any bystanders. Then Anonymouse tries to escape through the room with the pool, instead of through the ventilation system, and finds herself trapped in Arizona. Fortunately, she can hitch hike back to cell phone service and arrange to get rescued before her family explodes.

At this point, the Rollers are convinced that Mav a) just wants to have a mob boss experience, and b) is strongly influenced by human culture, so they watch a bunch of classic gangster movies and use this knowledge to predict where she is going to attack for each part of her plan and mostly foil her with no loss of life and little loss of property (which is all insured anyway).

Surely next issue, Mav will go away happy with her mob boss tourism experience, and everything will be fine in Atlantic city.


Watched:


Words: FAIL. Unless you count this journal entry.

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9 November 2019 - Saturday

No anime, Ayse and Ken are still full of plague. We did successfully shop for presents for Nonny's upcoming birthday, though.

Ugh, B&N has so much more manga than my local indie bookstore! I know I can browse at the chain and then order through the indie, but that's several extra steps and a minimum of a week's delay. Capitalism, why do you have to suck so much?


Watched:


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8 November 2019 - Friday

Made it to Friday, somehow. It's hard to concentrate and be a good productivity unit when I'm sleepy, though.


Watched:


Words: FAIL.

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7 November 2019 - Thursday

Usually the last part of the day when I stay late is pretty quiet, but tonight we had tickets to work on until I left, and some of my coworkers were still there working on Important Customer X's certificate issue.

Because I get to leave at 19:00 during Daylight Spending Season, I could have gotten home by 21:00 except that the train was massively late because some bozo got their car stuck on the tracks. At-grade crossings: threat or menace?


Read:

  • This Is How You Lose The Time War (Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone): Two transhuman time agents from vastly different post-human futures fall in love through secret messages left throughout the timelines!


Words: FAIL.

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6 November 2019 - Wednesday

The middle of today was taken up with a company meeting, but it wasn't the one where we all get fired, it was the one where we all get crystal obelisks to commemorate the company having survived and even prospered for ten years. Then we all went to Stein's in downtown Mountain View and ate huge amounts of food on the company's dime. It was pretty good food! Also we had the whole outside area, so I was not oppressed by horrible indoors noise.

Somehow I got a little work done after that.


No gaming, Ken is sick, Kelsey is sick, Brooks is trying to not be sick. Boo, germs.

Instead I spent the evening trying to convert Kobo ebooks to Kindle. It works, but it's really manual and clunky. If I don't keep up with books I buy, trying to do a big batch will be really painful.


Watched:


Words: KINDA. I mean, not 100, but I added a few outline things.

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5 November 2019 - Tuesday

I did work today, but it wasn't very satisfying. I'd rather sleep.

On the train, I ran into someone from my job before last. He is doing well, although now he works for a subsidiary of Microsoft.


Watched:

Read:

  • Strata (Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor): A big hardback supplement for Spire, with like ten campaign frames (all with copious content warnings), more setting stuff for the top and bottom of Spire, more depraved cults to join, and an 87% chance of being sacrificed for the good of the Ministry!

Words: CHECK. Writing up an island for a kickstart of fantastical islands that I backed.

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4 November 2019 - Monday

I felt productive in the morning, but then the afternoon stretched on forever.


Watched:

  • Leverage 1.4: The one with the church.

Words: CHECK. Just stupid notes, but they are in Scrivener so they kind of count.

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3 November 2019 - Sunday

Daylight Spending Morning! I slept in until a million o'clock, which was like sleeping in until 1000001 o'clock as far as my body was concerned! Then I had to do work all afternoon, because sometimes on-call is like that. I didn't work very hard on the low-priority case, but it was enough to keep me from doing much of anything else.


Watched:

    Leverage 1.3: The one with horses. And Elliot backstory.

Read:

  • Rapscallion Ashcan Edition (Whistler): Pirates, PbtA! I don't know if the magic is quite my aesthetic, but it seems playable, even in the ashcan edition. I would very much like to give them money for a complete edition! Because pirates!

Words: FAIL.

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2 November 2019 - Saturday

Normal, useless, Saturday.


Chicken fajitas, but I accidentally brought Tortillas of Unusual Size, so they were weird. But still chickeny!

Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 182-183: Uh-oh, new villains! And a new... smol pink-haired girl? Plus Pluto appearing mysteriously.
  • RWBY 5.6-7: Raven spills a bean! People go "aura and semblences, okay, but what do you mean by 'magic'?"
  • My Hero Academia 66: How does that quirk work, anyway? Not well enough to make Deku disrespect All Might!
  • Chihayafuru 3.1: Karuta camp! Will Chihaya having to use her off hand be as much of a handicap as Rion's lack of commitment to the game?

Words: ETERNAL FAIL.

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1 November 2019 - Friday

Wait, what? November? Really?


I failed again at work, but then I worked on rewriting some docs, which go through review and therefore might suck less?


Watched:

  • The Good Place 4.6: That's probably the real one. Depending on what's in the book.
  • The Good Place 1.1: All that stuff happened in the first episode?! I thought that was like half the season!

Words: FAIL. I am not doing NaNoWriMo because I know I can't write that many words before December unless I rearrange my life to an implausible extent, but maybe I can get back to 100 words per day? I think I really have to do some outlining because the worldbuilding and the vague plot of my WiP don't actually go together. But tonight I am journalling and stupiding.

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31 October 2019 - Thursday

We had skulls and spiderwebs and candy at work (and plastic rats, which I found in poor taste for a break area but no one asked me), but no Halloween party and I don't think anyone came to work in costume at all. This is fine with me.


Apparently my boss is not fine with me, though, because he had a chat with me about how I'm not not doing my job, exactly, but I definitely am not living up to my potential. Perhaps he's excessively impressed by my ability to do mental arithmetic, but it's still a fair cop. I guess it's time to make an appointment to get my sleep fail and brain fail looked at! Also this weird thing growing my nose.


India has no notion of Daylight Saving Time (probably because they got to redo their country after WWII), so when the US goes back to standard time, the time for handing over to the India team shifts by half an hour. That happens next week, but this week there was some confusion and we ended up in a halfway state, which was still enough for me to catch a reasonable train. (The train was not reasonable, but hopefully that was an aberration.) Thursday night commute in winter might get me home an hour earlier!


Words: FAIL.

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30 October 2019 - Wednesday

Further adventures of the 13th Age Glorantha Away Team, who are still trapped in the Mad Sultanate no matter how much they taste the sand, and also attacked by nangrels. Apparently nangrels are now the team's nemesis, ever since the trickster got the dog thrown out of the steading in the Hero Plane.

Also Chinese food, from the kind of place where you have to look through Yelp photos in hopes that someone took a picture of the menu with their phone. It was actually not bad!


Read:

  • Black Magic (Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor): Spire supplement. Blood-witches! Drow hearth magic! Demonology! Magic bees!
  • Secrets Kept From The Sun (Chad Walker): Another Spire supplement. Short pamphlet of tradecraft for the Ministry.
  • Codex of the Deep Spire (Jordan Shiveley): Yet another Spire supplement. Mostly rantings of someone who delved too far into the Heart and the terrible things he found there and the terrible things he started noticing everywhere after that.
  • Salvation Lost (Peter F Hamilton): The doom that was foretold in the first book comes to pass, as well as some doom in the future plotline. Also, more aliens are alluded to.
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl vol 5 (Fumita Yanagida): Definite progress! I actually thought this might be the end, but Jun was not ready to go that far.

Words: FAIL.

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29 October 2019 - Tuesday

Watched:

  • Leverage 1.2: Still has plot holes you could drive a truck through, and it no longer seems topical. But Parker is still great.

Read:


Words: FAIL.

Leverage by marithlizard (Sat Nov 2 07:27:49 2019)

Oh, I dunno, the evil mercenaries with government contracts are still thriving even if we gave up hope of being able to do anything about them years ago and they were only really on the American news radar briefly. It's worth reminding people that they exist, even if I was sullen about the unrealistic power fantasy of getting back at them :)

Re: Leverage by Trip (Sat Nov 9 15:21:49 2019)

Leverage is nothing but unrealistic power fantasies of getting back at them, for various values of "them"!

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28 October 2019 - Monday

The weighted blanket doesn't seem to have helped me sleep, but it was definitely very heavy!


Now I have 10 meeples of each of 21 colors. Muahahahaha!


Watched:

  • Leverage 1.1: This doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but I see why people like the characters. Especially Parker.

Read:

  • Gideon the Ninth (Tamsyn Muir): Possibly not as great as the Internet hype claimed, but still pretty good. Lesbian necromancers, intense frenemyship, locked-palace mysteries, possibly the most haunted house in the universe, Gideon gets to beat a lot of people up! I am looking forward to the next book, which is going to be so full of so much doom.

Words: FAIL.

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27 October 2019 - Sunday

Make-up session of Atlantic City SCRPG!

I missed the last session, but apparently there were hurricanes and cockroaches and swamp critters and mysterious transfer students and someone playing Monopoly with the city and turning random streets into modern gravitational sculpture.

This session, conflict between local mobsters and the raygun-toting Brooklynites trying to muscle in is sublimated into a battle of the bands by mysterious women with contagious mind-control magic! The charity concert for disaster relief got turned into a huge competition with national stars and surprising local acts, like the mysterious transfer students and the reality-shaper.

Then there was a big part in the middle where we didn't know whether to try to enter the contest ourselves (no, Moth was the only one with actual musical skill), or back one of the other bands, or stay neutral and just protect the contest against interference. Like, say, the spreading mind control that made everyone in town think the battle of the bands was a great idea and choose sides. At least Feathers was able to make some kind of frequency-canceller to keep the judges from being mind-whammied.

It was probably for the best that Moth's secret ID got eliminated from the contest early on, because it meant she could be in hero ID when the mysterious transfer students started glamouring the crowd and luring them up on stage to serve as human shields and propmpting the two sets of mobsters to fight and generally causing a ruckus. A huge fight ensued, the transfer students combined into a three-headed dragon, Moth displayed surprisingly demonic powers, and then the reality-shaper dropped the dragon into a dimensional oubliette. "Guess I win!"

Dave was not very happy with how this session went, and I can't blame him. It definitely bogged down at points, mostly when we didn't know what to do, or when we made Dave improvise instead of relying on his preparation.

I might be a better GM than Dave, which seems like a terrible thing to think.


I have a weighted blanket! I will have to see if helps with sleeping.


Watched:

  • Elementary 3.5: No Watson at all! But Kitty is not a terrible character.

Read:

  • Spire (Grant Howitt, Christopher Taylor): Apparently I only read most of this, but after playing at BigBadCon I reread it from the start, and it is pretty awesome. Creepy masks! Dark gods! Midwives with too many legs! Exceedingly unwise use of magic on the part of pretty much everyone! Revolution!

Words: FAIL.

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26 October 2019 - Saturday

We tried to take a bunch of stuff to electronics recycling, but failed because the place closes at an inconvenient time. Boo.

Then we went to sushi for Ayse-day (observed) and it was good, and also afterwards there was cake and coloring books.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 181: Usagi! Don't go on dates with stupid boys just because Mamo-chan flew away and never writes back to you!
  • RWBY 5.4-5: Oscar totally has a crush on Ruby. Does Weiss have a crush on Yang? No one likes the White Fang priests.
  • My Hero Academia 64-65: Recap episode! But not too much recap, and some heartwarming. But then, villainous plotting!

Words: FAIL.

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25 October 2019 - Friday

Today there was a surprising amount of work, but I did some of it and didn't die.


Watched:

  • The Good Place 4.5: Okay, I guess that does answer that question, probably.

Words: FAIL.

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24 October 2019 - Thursday

Nobody likes Thursday. Thursday is gross and takes too long.


Read:

  • A Spark of White Fire (Sangu Mandanna): I wanted to like this, because a space-opera retelling of the Mahabarata should be cool, but mostly it just reminded me why aristocrats and monarchs should line up for the guillotine.

Words: FAIL.

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23 October 2019 - Wednesday

HAPPY HAPPY AYSE-DAY!!


Ken took Ayse away for birthday festivities, so we had to have his character run away and hide from the entire session, but whatever. Tricksters. We got Indian food and he didn't, so there!

Also we finished up the fight against the broo (which might have been only one broo and a bunch of Chaos weenies tripping on spores, but they all needed to die and also we will never speak of this again). Then a monk from some weird Lunar place escaped being sold into thralldom and got chased by a Krarshtkid right into the Mad Sultanate. It's a good thing we found her before the other Chaos did!


Started but didn't finish The Night Crossing (Robert Masello). Victorian namedropping, life-stealing Egyptian sorcery, whatever.


Words: FAIL.

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22 October 2019 - Tuesday

I finally finished writing up the con and gave the URL out to people who might want to comment. None of them did, though.


Watched:

  • Cannon Busters: The end! Well, season finale, anyway; no idea whether there will be a second season. The final boss reminded me of the Steven Universe character designs a little, but maybe that's just me.

Read:

  • Salvaged (Madeleine Roux): It looks like space zombies at the start, but it's not, exactly. It's much worse.

Words: FAIL.

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21 October 2019 - Monday

Wait, why is it Monday again already? I didn't order this!

At least I have pesto sundried tomato gnocchi to eat.


Watched:

  • Cannon Busters 9: Prophecies and social hierarchies are no way to run a bottomless hole!
  • Cannon Busters 10: More twisted Western, and weird bounty hunters.

Read:

  • Gleipnir vol 4 (Sun Takeda): Female lead will definitely be okay with this use of male lead's power.
  • The White People (Arthur Machen): Subtitle: "Two horrible old white guys read a teenage cultist's diary". I can see how T Kingfisher expanded it into The Twisted Ones, though!
  • O Maidens In Your Savage Season vol 4 (Mari Okada, Nao Emoto): This episode: Jealousy! Failed seduction! Breast envy! Breast solidarity!

Words: FAIL.

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20 October 2019 - Sunday

No gaming, somebody is busy or dead or something.

I tried to catch up on journaling, but mostly was very dumb.


Watched:

  • Cannon Busters 7: Was it really a good idea to teach SAM to roast her friends?
  • Cannon Busters 8: Good job showing us that the people of Totally-Not-Tiphares are monsters without the road trip having to go there.

Words: FAIL.

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19 October 2019 - Saturday

Ack, cleaners, throwing my schedule off! But at least the apartment is less horrible.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 179-180: Sailor Stars and Inner Sailor Scouts continue to bond, Sailor Stars and Outer Sailor Scouts continue to not bond.
  • RWBY 5.1: Oscar/Ozpin exposition.
  • Shirobako 3: More anime-making details, and a nice tension between the director wanting to make the story better and everyone else not wanting to redo half an episode at the last minute. But it really would be better!
  • RWBY 5.2-3: Weiss vs wasps! White Fang vs White Fang! Motivational speech!

Words: FAIL.

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18 October 2019 - Friday

Yay. Friday. I'm not dead. I haven't done anything about writing up the con, but maybe in theory I will?


Watched:

  • The Good Place 4.4: Oh wow, I completely missed that! I am appropriately chastened to have been outwitted by Jason!
  • Cannon Busters 6: Quick side trip into the horror genre!

Read:

  • Princess World Short Story Edition (Kevin Petker): It's great!
  • Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell): Fanfic writer goes to college, her twin sister is more popular in person than her, her roommate is too hot, her English professor doesn't understand transformative works, everything is terrible. The fanfic she is writing is Carry On, about her world's equivalent of Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, which Rowell later had to actually write. (I was rooting for the hot roommate, but no, it is het romance.)

Words: FAIL.

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17 October 2019 - Thursday

Usual late work, blah. But at least I came home to really yummy salmon, even if I had to eat it at 93492346 o'clock at night.


Read:

  • Carry On (Rainbow Rowell): It's like an alternate universe's version of the end of Harry Potter, where the hero finally finds out what's going on with his prophecy and what the villain is really like and also that his male roommate is in love with him and boysmooches ensue. I appreciate that Rowell addressed some of the questions not addressed in HP, like "Why even are muggles?" and "Chosen one of prophecy? Really?" and "WTAF, Dumbledore?"
  • Wayward Son (Rainbow Rowell): Sequel to Carry On, the three main characters go on a road trip to America, which is huge and terrifying and has guns and VCs and makes no sense to anyone from a sane country. A very different book than CO, and not as much to my taste, but I still like the characters. Even though Penelope completely deserved it.
  • Right to the Kill (Craig Schaefer): Fifth book in the "Harmony Black" series, where the title character and her band of monster hunters get to start taking the fight to the enemy. Also, Harmony may finally be meeting the consequences of going around dressed like That.

Words: FAIL.

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