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2020-05-26:  "recipe" by marithlizard

21 September 2020 - Monday

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20 September 2020 - Sunday

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19 September 2020 - Saturday

Ugh, only one cleaner was available so it took forever and I didn't get shopping until forever o'clock. I hope it's not because all the other cleaners have the rona from having to clean crazy white people houses.


Jus made the most amazing video for Zoomwarts, which I cannot share with you because Internet privacy of minors. Your loss, because it is amazing.

This week, Bella browbeats some more house elves, spills some more beans to Dumbledore, and completes another week of survival at Hogwarts.


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.24: Go Yuki! Go Machi!
  • Mob Psycho 100 4-5: Reigen had actual good advice, surprisingly enough. Better than the lack of advice the new character received, certainly! Also, the grass is always greener on the other side of the corpus callosum.

Read:

  • Fly Me To The Moon (Kenjiro Hata) vol 1: Despite the back cover blurb, the female lead appears to have to supernatural powers except being a girl. Fortunately repressed Japanese boys take 2x effect.

How does eating even work?


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18 September 2020 - Friday

At least today's distressing news got me to donate a bunch (on a human scale) to the critical Senate races?


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Leftovers.


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17 September 2020 - Thursday

I don't think my analysis from yesterday was useful to anyone.


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  • Tamora Carter: Goblin Queen (Jim C Hines): Middle-school roller derby girl and her autistic brother against creatures of stinkiness and magic. It's not really much of a contest.
  • Scum and Villainy (Stras Acimovic, Lohn LeBoeuf-Little): Criminal space adventure, Forged in the Dark! The setting is very Star Wars-like, but not so much that I have to hate it despite the usual problems of scale when non-technical people write about space. It's a good thing I've read it, since I have to run it on Sunday.

Chicken fried rice.


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16 September 2020 - Wednesday

Went back to the dentist to admit that I haven't started flossing, or contacted the other dentist about replacement teeth, and also to get touched up (not in the fun way) and polished. I did at least make the appointment for the other dentist, and being flossed wasn't that bad so maybe I'll be able to do it.


In 13th Age Glorantha, instead of the PCs being murdered for being so sketchy, they were given a theoretically minor delivery task in exchange for an excuse to meet the person they want to talk to. This seemed great until the package started flopping around weirdly and trying to escape in the wrong direction and getting through containment. Then there were minotaurs, but Mernyr managed to turn it into a scuffle between one of them and Jorendona, which ended when she cut off his beard and the other minotaurs laughed at him.


Microwave food.


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15 September 2020 - Tuesday

Spent most of the afternoon working on analyzing a thing. Wrote a shell script, which eventually worked.


Watched:

    The Umbrella Academy 2.5: Just because repressing your emotions ends catastrophically doesn't mean letting them out will end happily, Vanya. Even especially when you've been listening to Klaus.

Tilapia with lemon butter and potatoes and stuffed gnocchi.


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14 September 2020 - Monday

Marith got home at 23:00 last night and had to be at work at 9:30 this morning. Capitalism must die.


Read:

  • Prime Deceptions (Valerie Valdes): Sequel to Chilling Effect. Serious story and characterization, with silly elements embedded in the setting (like acronyms) to distract from the mass murder. Almost exactly the same genre as Scum and Villainy. Serious human-alien romance where the alien is not just a prosthetic forehead.

Microwave food.


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13 September 2020 - Sunday

I did a little more shopping, which I guess justified my existence.


Nachos.


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12 September 2020 - Saturday

Getting up earlier to go shopping does work better and isn't actually more unpleasant.


Zoomwarts! Bella only threatened to murder Rosamund a few dozen times, and she successfully smuggled treacle tart to Harry Potter. No lizards were harmed in the making of this game.


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 2.23: Yep, that was somewhat Cinderella-like. But with extra Hanajima.
  • Mob Psycho 100 2-3: That was quick! Also surprising in other ways, but now we see the theme of the series. Maybe.

Rosemary chicken.


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11 September 2020 - Friday

Yay, it's Friday. Now I can fail at important things instead of just work.


Microwave food.


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10 September 2020 - Thursday

Sky is retreating to previous levels of smokiness. Alas, I cannot blame the air quality for my tiny brain.


Leftovers and salad and doom.


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9 September 2020 - Wednesday

As Kelsey said, "Who opened the hellgate and forgot to close it?" That is not the color the sky is supposed to be!


This week in 13th Age Glorantha, Mernyr and her band of misfits make it to Wilmskirk and try to find out where Olfir the Wanderer is through both official and unofficial channels. Both bear fruit, surprisingly, and next session they might get a meeting set up, and if not (and if they don't get crushed by the wealth of Gold Goddi) they have a good idea where to start looking for him.


Read:

  • The Black God's Drums (P Djeli Clark): Airships, atmospheric warfare, and African magic in steakpunk!New Orleans.
  • Tuesday Mooney Talks To Ghosts (Kate Racculia): Not fantasy, probably. Geeks and mysteries solved and unsolved and how to ethically billionaire (compared to what we have now, anyway) and I like all the characters except the antagonist, which is why it is so agonizing when [SPOILER].

Microwave food.


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8 September 2020 - Tuesday

It's like Monday, but at least it's not quite as hot. (Instead it's smoky.) The work meetings were like Tuesday, anyway. My manager is back from vacation


Watched:

  • The Umbrella Academy 2.4: I don't think we knew that about Vanya. (Possibly Vanya didn't know that about Vanya.) But trust Luther to make even literal laughing gas a downer.

Read:

  • Wonderland (Yugo Ishikawa) vol 1: Suddenly, everyone is tiny? WTF? Also augh cats! Societal breakdown! Government conspiracy? And who is this? WTF?

Salmon of seared tastiness and cinnamon squash.


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7 September 2020 - Monday

It is Labor Day, but I did not do anything to tear down the tyranny of billionaires. In fact, I really didn't do anything at all because it is SO FUCKING HOT. The end.


I tried to get Thai food again, but failed. Instead I have Chinese.


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6 September 2020 - Sunday

I did run Princess World and wrapped things up, but it was pretty terrible. Dave did most of the talking, which is not something you expect from a gaming session. I am failing to bring new gamers into the PBtA community! Anyway, they did save the galaxy for the time being, but did not have enough fun doing it to want to do it again.

Since people want more stabbing, we are going to switch to Scum and Villainy. We'll see how that goes.


Read:

  • Spy x Family (Tatsuya Endo) vol 2: I feel a little bit sad for Anya, having to know so much about humans.

Salad and leftovers.


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5 September 2020 - Saturday

I really need to set an earlier alarm for shopping. But some of the shopping did get done, and also all of the Thai iced tea.

In Zoomwarts, Bella found out who had her family photo and was using it for personal gain, got rid of the girls Dumbledore assigned to keep an eye on her, found a possible solution to being set on fire by ghosts, and did not turn completely evil. Keeping a list of people who need to be set on fire is not giving her the moral high ground.

But fortunately all I really have to do for Zoomwarts is have peple not tell Bella about the unforgivable curses, and Jus is happy. Tomorrow I have to run Princess World, which will probably be terrible.


Watched:

  • Fruits Basket (2019) 22: More Yuki character development in the conclusion of the conversation with Student Council Guy. Marith thinks all the parts involving Soma family secrets were internal monologue and she's probably right, but I think it would be awesome if they just told people.
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These 1: Pretty visuals, and much faster-moving than the original, but the space combat is very dumb WWII rehash. We will not be watching more of this despite the homoeroticism.
  • Mob Psycho 100 1: I hate the animation style, but the first episode was interesting enough that I'll buy into the hype for now and presume it gets even better. We all hope that guy gets his come-uppance, though.

    Salad and leftovers.


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4 September 2020 - Friday

It's extra Friday, because long weekend. But I have to run two games this weekend so it will be full of failure.


Leftovers.


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3 September 2020 - Thursday

Reduced work meetings again because boss is out. Wheee.


Read:

  • Hair in All The Wrong Places (Andrew Buckley): Middle school werewolf. As is usual for books with male protagonists, the female characters are more interesting. Humorous, although there is some violence.
  • Gateways to Abomination (Matthew H Bartlett): Short stories and vignettes about impossible, hallucinatory, and generally horrific goings-on in New England. Only a couple of bits are explicitly Lovecraftian, but the stuff about WXXT could totally be a CoC module.

Microwave food because I forgot to eat leftovers.


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2 September 2020 - Wednesday

In this week's 13th Age Glorantha, the band disregards Garstal's warning about the attack bats and heads south to the Emerald Earth Temple to consult with Sernernalda, the wyter specialist, only one day late (which is completely Mernyr's fault). They engage in a ritual to sort through spirits to find one that would be a good wyter, end up rejecting a snake spirit, and finally settle on a more abstract Harmony spirit. (This will give the Trickster something to subvert in his spare time.) In exchange for drunken singing, the spirit will help the band communicate and know when someone is in trouble, and help with group skill checks. Surely this will help them track down the missing coin purse.


Tilapia and veggies that Marith made earlier before she expired of capitalism.


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1 September 2020 - Tuesday

No stress about meeting with my boss because she's on vacation all week!


Read:

  • Sisters of the Vast Black (Lina Rather): Eccentric nuns and their slug-based bioship vs fascists. Sadly, another Tor novella pried as a novel.

I actually boiled raviolis, although I probably did it wrong. But they are full of goat cheese and sundried tomatoes and beside italian sausage.


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31 August 2020 - Monday

Ooogh, Monday.


Read:

  • "A Cup of Salt Tears" (Isabel Yap): Tragic kappa love.
  • "The Commonplace Book" (Jacob Clifton): Alternate future Lady Babbage with steampunk quantum AI?
  • "A Stroke of Dumb Luck" (Shiloh Walker): Lady monster hunter vs sleazy wererats.

Microwave food, but also panzanella.


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30 August 2020 - Sunday

Today I did pretty much nothing.


Watched:

  • The Umbrella Academy 2.3: Dallas in 1963 pretty much sucks for black people. Also, Luther is a dumbass.

Read:

  • "In the Sight of Akresa" (Ray Wood): I'm good with queer characters, but not when the only point is secondary-world homophobia.
  • "Intestate" (Charlie Jane Anders): It's hard to repossess someone's body, legally speaking, at least the first time.

Mustard chicken and confused salad.


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29 August 2020 - Saturday

Blugh, on call.

Blugh,shopping. I really should do it earlier in the day.

Blugh, Zoomwarts. In this episode, Bella gets more detention, doesn't see Harry Potter, spills almost all the beans to Dumbledore, terrorizes some house elves, but doesn't quite turn completely evil. She might have if I hadn't had to end the session due to work call, though!

My coworker K stopped by to get quarters, since his bank is entirely online and thus he cannot get quarters from it. I guess there's some advantage to being old-fashioned after all.


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  • "Old Media" (Annalee Newitz): Part future robot romance, part Ouran Highschool Host Club fanwork. So I guess the prose equivalent of a Questionable Content strip.
  • "The Ruined Queen of Harvest World" (Damien Broderick): Cordwainer Smith homage, with uplifted murder cats and the mythic future using some language of science.

Pizza, which is a perfectly ordinary thing to fetch.


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28 August 2020 - Friday

I am always ready for Friday.


Read:

  • "The Time Invariance of Snow" (E Lily Yu): The Snow Queen, with physics metaphors.
  • "Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom" (Micaela Morrissette): Problematic behaviors of pet humans in a nominally enlightened future.
  • "A Kiss With Teeth" (Max Gladstone): Vlad Dracula, family man.
  • "Feature Development for Social Networking" (Benjamin Rosenbaum): Facebook programmers remain dedicated to fucking with the UI even during a zombie apocalypse.
  • "Jubilee" (Karl Schroeder): Short piece in the Lockstep universe, showing how big the difference gets.
  • "As Good As New" (Charlie Jane Anders): It's always good to be able to take time to think about your three wishes.
  • "A Beautiful Accident" (Peter Orullian): The spirituality of consensual torture.
  • "The Best We Can" (Carrie Vaughn): What if humanity is too self-absorbed and capitalism-hobbled to deal with first contact?
  • "Angel Season" (JT Petty): Father-son bonding over rural supernatural murders (not considered murder in the US).
  • "Brimstone and Marmalade" (Aaron Corwin): They should have gotten her the pony.
  • "Cold Wind" (Nicola Griffith): Long-term supernatural serial killings.
  • "The Cairn in Slater Woods" (Gina Rosati): Spooky woods and short skirts.

Toaster oven and leftovers.


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27 August 2020 - Thursday


Read:

  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (E Lockhart): An ambitious girl at an elite school isn't content being adored by her boyfriend who she happens to know is in a secret society, she wants to be respected and included. So she takes action. This was not a super-comfortable book, but you know, fuck teenage tumbrel-bait guys.

Maple chicken and potatos and asparagus.


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26 August 2020 - Wednesday

This week in 13G, Kelnalynn talks to an expert about getting the team a wyter, Mernyr gets smooches and most of a new arm, Garstal and Kuji get library access, and I'm not sure what Jorandona gets.


Read:

  • Shadow Captain (Alastair Reynolds): This volume of the trilogy is more about how piracy is never a victimless crime, and live ammo is not a toy. But, the sisters are getting closer to the answers they want, even if they have to destroy the entire financial system to do it.
  • Bone Silence (Alastair Reynolds): This final volume is much more space opera than pirate, but then the second volume showed why piracy is not so great. It is also full of answers, which are not necessarily like solutions.

Microwave food.


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25 August 2020 - Tuesday

Work meetings, work meetings, la la la.


Watched:

    The Umbrella Academy 2.1: Huh, okay, that's a lot of doom. I think Five may have an unfortunate affinity for apocalypse.

Tomato-basil chicken.


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24 August 2020 - Monday

Another increment in this timeless whirlpool of dystopic eternity.


Read:

  • Spy x Family (Tatsuya Endo) vol 1: I read a scanlation of this a while back and am glad it's getting published for real.
  • Revenger (Alastair Reynolds): Reread in preparation for reading the sequels. I had forgotten what a good pirate story this is: running away from home, ominous black sails, hidden cursed treasure, cold-blooded plots, bloody revenge.

Did I eat food? Probably. Maybe Chinese leftovers.


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23 August 2020 - Sunday

Second session of Princess World! It was not completely disastrous, even though the players still could not fail a roll to save my life. Hazel got more into it, most of the nonsense I came up with held together, and people wanted at least one more session.

smoky

Last of the Chinese for dinner.


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22 August 2020 - Saturday

Whee, on call starting at 7:30. But the cleaners will be here at 8 so it's not that much extra pain as long as the customers are quiet.

Oh, hm, the cleaners did not show up at 8. Oh well, I'm up, might as well go grocery shopping.

I survived grocery shopping, although it is still much too August, but ugh. Saturdays are always stressful.

We successfully played Zoomwarts, and Bella caused more trouble by getting haunted and set on fire in the middle of class.Then there was a lot of running around trying to get in touch with the Golden Trio in their dungeon to ask Hermione's advice, and Bella dropped her family photo in the hall and couldn't find it. Surely it won't mean anything to anyone who happened to pick it up, right?

Then Marith was dead because of capitalism, so we stopped gaming and had no anime, only Zuul.


Chinese takeaway for lunch and dinner.


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