Witcher 3

Sat, May. 28th, 2016 02:38 pm
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A link to the promised Witcher 3 video on Tumblr (13 seconds, no need for sound).

That occurred as Toby was running Geralt around and around the herbalist's cottage examining stuff, trying to get used the the way the controls are set up on the game. And of course you run the character into various obstacles to see how he reacts. :)

Also note: he has semi-long, semi-loose hair RIGHT NEXT TO CHAIN MAIL. That's got to be getting caught ALL THE TIME.

Riften, here we come!

Sat, May. 28th, 2016 02:27 pm
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So, after kitting out his brand-new house, Murderface decided that something was missing, but he wasn’t sure what. This time he is, yet again, heading towards Riften to fulfill a hit contracted by a kid.
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A note on Skyrim

Sat, May. 28th, 2016 01:39 pm
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I'm going to try to get a few writeups posted in the next couple of days, because I'm 5 or 6 play sessions ahead of the writeup. :) So look out for Murderface spamming you.

Also, something I forgot to point out in the Skyrim Home And Gardens tour of Murderface's newly decorated digs:



This is the table in his second-floor reading nook. The plate beneath the sweetroll is missing because Murderface accidentally picked it up when he was trying to read the book. Also, the designer that the Dragonsreach steward hired to put all this stuff in the house has an odd aesthetic sense, because that is a DECORATIVE BOWL OF POTATOES.

(Also: be on the lookout for an amusing short video I took of Witcher 3 last night that proves Toby and I are both twelve at heart. I'm just waiting for Tumblr to decide whether or not it wants to auto-delete it. it's loads easier to just upload video directly to Tumblr and link here than to upload it from my phone anywhere else or transfer it from my phone to my computer.)

Saturday Yardening

Sat, May. 28th, 2016 12:58 pm
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Is mostly being done by a crew of tree guys, who are making fantastic progress.  Our part is just occasionally walking around to supervise and give further input. 

Dream Home Google Spiral

Sat, May. 28th, 2016 01:02 pm
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My parents recently downsized and in so doing sold my childhood home. I am still in denial and every few nights I have dreams about the house, despite the fact that I haven't lived there full time since high school. This has resulted in me going through various websites trying to figure out what my dream home is and if I could afford it.

The answer is I have no idea what my dream home is, I am still fuzzy on what I could afford, and regardless of either of those, I would definitely have to move away from NYC to make this happen.

I quickly realized that websites like Zillow don't get me what I want. You can filter by zip code and price and number of bedrooms, but you can't filter by "does this look awesome" or "was it once a church or a barn or a bank" or " is it earth shelterted" or "dome homes that aren't the standard off-white color"? These are important questions Zillow and I demand answers!

As I look I tend to fluctuate between "oh look this house has 7 bedrooms and is just over $325,000, clearly a good deal!" and "1,000 sq feet is so large, I want something smaller". I also jump between "this was built in the 1700s, ~heritage~" to "I could totally just build my own home from scratch". Other jumps have included: "clearly I want a house boat" to "definitely I want to live in the middle of Canada" to "but seriously, it would be hilarious to live in a former church" to "HOBBIT HOLE" to "is there a spiral staircase" to "is there a turret" to "what if it used to be a lighthouse" or "but actually what if it was a treehouse". I am currently looking up the cost of natural swimming ponds and pools, which, were I to ever own land and with that land decide I needed to install some kind of swimming thing, I will definitely look back on this google spiral and be grateful for what I have learned.

It is a good thing that I have zero plans to purchase or build a home anytime soon and possibly ever, is probably what you should take away from this.

If you want to follow me down the spiral, some links to start:

Circa Old Houses — if you really want a home that used to be a church and/or if you want to look at really interesting old buildings. I was surprised that there are some homes listed that are under $200,000! Most homes are significantly more than that, unsurprisingly. Millions of dollars, if only I had you.

Tiny House Listings — tiny homes are either your thing or they are not your thing. I tend to find them either really appealing or really off-putting, depending on the particular design/home in question. I also find it ridiculous that so many tiny homes are so expensive.

Land Watch — for when I buy land and get a natural swimming pond, clearly.

Cost Calculator for Monolithic Dome Homes — I'm not really sure how much I trust this, but I do find it interesting that this seems to suggest that if I went with the basics of what I'd need this would be within my very theoretical price range. (Assuming the cost of the land wasn't astronomical.)

Pictures of Natural Swimming Pools & Ponds - I want them all, wtf.

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Sat, May. 28th, 2016 10:02 am
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I think we’re going to have to do our library trip today. Scott’s parents want us up there as close to noon tomorrow as we can manage, and that leaves no time for a trip to the library since that doesn’t open until noon. This means that I really, really want to try to watch some of my library DVDs so that I can return them. Everything except Deadpool can be renewed (or could be the last I checked), but I feel like I’m stacking up things that I should get to and never will. I may give up on the Miss Marple set because the second movie in the series has me seriously bogged down in the watch two minutes and pause for twelve hours sort of way because I’m embarrassed for the main character (not Miss Marple, someone else) and just can’t deal. Sadly, it was this movie that I got the set to watch, so I’m disappointed.

I’m a little annoyed with the Ingress program right now. There’s some sort of glitch in how it counts things at the moment. There’s a portal that I’ve owned for two weeks now (I keep checking back, and I still own it, so it’s not that someone took it from me and I didn’t notice), but Ingress stopped counting the days I’ve owned it at twelve days even though it’s definitely been fourteen. I was really hoping that I’d get to twenty days and the next level badge for holding a portal. The portal in question is off the beaten path and not near any other portal or busy street, so it seemed possible. The closest I’ve gotten before was eighteen days, and that was a fluke because that portal was on a busy street.

Yesterday’s migraine started to come back around 10:00 last night, so I took an Amerge and headed for bed. I was up and down more than I usually am, but I feel fairly well rested, so there’s that.

I’ve got a moderate to do list for today. I think I’m going to try to get Scott out to the library before noon. I’ve got a writing thing online at noon that I would very much like to be here for as I pretty desperately need to write. Also, we still haven’t gone for bubble tea for my birthday, and that’s cheaper between 11:00 and 1:00.

All of Cordelia’s unexcused absences have been changed to MED, meaning medical and excused. I don’t know that the ones that were for making up standardized tests ought to be labeled that way, but I suppose they don’t have a specific code for that. Well, I really don’t think those ought to count as absences at all since she was at school and accounted for, but… I don’t really have the resources to try to fight that battle.

I’m trying to charge my phone, and it’s charging really, really slowly. In an hour and a half, it’s gone from 22% to 46%, and I’d have expected it to be more than twice that far along. As far as I can tell, there isn’t anything energy intensive active, so I don’t know.

I’m not sure when Scott and I are going to finish Deadpool. We don’t want to watch it while Cordelia’s in the room, and it’s due Tuesday. Cordelia’s going to be home at all the times we might watch it. She might stay in her room; she might not. I suppose it won’t hurt if she sees a little bit of it. I’m pretty sure that it won’t take much for her to decide that she doesn’t want to watch it with us.

Hm. I kind of want to go back to bed now. I think I’d better get moving on my to do list before I fall asleep again.

Hah!

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 10:31 pm
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We just started playing Witcher 3, and spent an inordinate amount of time seeing if we could make Geralt ride his horse up a flight of stairs.

Answer: yes, but we couldn't get it to make a 90-degree turn or go back down again so we abandoned the horse to respawn later.

Also Toby is still getting used to the controls for this game, so Geralt is reminiscent of Murderface in the way he bangs into walls, and he just ran a lady off the road with his horse.

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Poem: "Veranderings"

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 08:03 pm
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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More Fallout 4 Tobyisms

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 09:01 pm
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Aimed and shamed!

Oh that's a head on a pike. I was Awesome! He's not moving! But, crap.

No no stay there stop moving. Damn.

Yes! That was a head shot! That was a helluva head shot!

Are these guys still pissed off at me? Of course they are. Yeah, nobody here but us chickens, Steve.

Oh fine, leg, leg, arm, arm, you're not going to survive that long.

(aiming) Oh...just your gun arm.



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QUESTION: Fanfic AUs

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 05:17 pm
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So! Relevant to somethings that are happening this weekend, I have a question that I'd like you all to weigh in on:
  • When you think of "standard" fanfic AUs - the kind that show up in multiple (or every?) fandom - what comes to mind?

Leave your ideas in the comments! This is the "informal poll" style of thing, so no insight is necessary, but if you also want to chat about things or why you are a fan (or not), feel free to do so!

friday list

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 01:06 pm
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  • Lenscrafters:
  • Glasses in about an hour
  • Orrrrrr 10-14 days
  • they didn't have my frames in the store
  • but they were inexplicably $20 cheaper than they were this time last week
  • so there
  • I did that

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Fri, May. 27th, 2016 03:49 pm
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On the plus side, my body has finally settled down in terms of the migraine. On the minus side, I’ve gotten nothing done beyond posting and reading here and emptying the dishwasher. Well, I fed myself, too— Hamburger for breakfast and collard greens with salt and mustard for lunch. I’ve been eating lunch very, very slowly over the last two hours or so, and I still haven’t finished. I suspect I won’t. I think that drinking a lot of water is what finally killed the nausea.

I got myself together to email my doctor about the food/fatigue/brain fog thing. I didn’t explicitly ask about seeing an endocrinologist, though. I couldn’t quite get myself to. I poked around online a bit. I found not a single website, in pages of results, that talks about fatigue/brain fog that is resolved by eating. Almost every single thing talked about having issues after eating particular foods which is not my issue in the slightest. The closest I got to my issue was stuff talking about eating disorders causing brain fog and fatigue in teenage girls.

Hits and Misses in Fiction

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 01:51 pm
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[personal profile] sartorias aka Sherwood Smith has a fascinating discussion going over on her LJ about when you only like one (or, if they're prolific, two or three) of an author's works and bounce off the rest. So far the responses have mostly been people commisserating and sharing which authors and which books affected them this way, but there's also been some discussion of why this happens.

I don't think there's any one answer to that question myself -- the reasons are as diverse as the individual readers. Sometimes the author undergoes an ideological or philosophical transformation between books (or even just becomes bolder about expressing the views they already had) which leads to a irreconcilable conflict of my thinking and theirs, or pushes my tolerance for those differences over the limit. (See: Philip Pullman.) Sometimes it turns out that the things I loved best about the author's first book -- the style, the tone, the atmosphere -- don't carry over into subsequent novels because they were a feature of that story, not the author's writing as a whole (such as Beagle's The Last Unicorn, which I mentioned in the comments of Sherwood's post). And sometimes I eagerly expect certain things from a series or sequel to a book I really loved, only to find that the author had a completely different plan and veers off in a direction that doesn't interest me at all (I've heard several readers say this about Maria Snyder's Study books, for instance).

Then there's the rarer phenomenon when you love an author's prose but not their poetry (or essays, or what-have-you); or you think them brilliant scriptwriters (or lyricists) but terrible novelists, or the other way around. The ability to put together words in an arrangement that pleases you in one medium doesn't always carry over to others, and that can cause this kind of dissonance as well.

What about you? If you have a much-loved book or books by a certain author but found that most or all of their other works left you cold, what were your reasons for feeling that way? Feel free to comment on either my post or [personal profile] sartorias's as it pleases you; I'll see it in either case.

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Fri, May. 27th, 2016 01:25 pm
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Yesterday was quite a good day. Scott and I dropped a box and bag of books at Cordelia’s school and two bags of books at the downtown library. We mailed three packages (I managed to misplace the receipt for that, so I haven’t emailed tracking numbers to the recipients yet. I will). We bought more bus tokens for Cordelia. Then we parked in the library structure and walked to State St to go to Totoro. It was unpleasantly warm, but I really needed the walk.

I had a salmon teriyaki bento. Scott had a chicken teriyaki bowl with vegetables and rice. My sister (the one who just had surgery) called right after we sat down. She and I arranged for me to call her back when we got home.

My sister seems to be recovering really well from her surgery. She sounded happy and energetic. From what she said, the main problem has been the gas left in her abdominal cavity. Oh, and the hospital transitioned her from I.V. painkillers to ibuprofen at OTC concentrations even though the doctor had given her a prescription for percocet. She couldn’t get pain relief until she got home which is pretty stupid.

Scott and I watched part of Deadpool. We wanted to evaluate whether or not Cordelia would be interested in watching it with us. My verdict is that she might want to watch it but would absolutely be mortified to watch it with us. I’ll probably talk to her about that. I don’t think the level of violence is more traumatic than, say, The Hunger Games, and I’m a lot more concerned about that than about sex/innuendo and swearing.

I lay down to nap, and then my mother called. We talked for most of the time that I had for napping. She thinks I need to see an endocrinologist. I was surprised to hear from her. This is only the second or third time in my life that she’s called me on my birthday.

We ended up going to Bob Evans for dinner because I wanted pancakes. I also got a hamburger, carry out, that I ate for breakfast this morning. I felt okay doing that because Bob Evans costs about half as much as the places we generally go for birthdays and other special occasions.

Scott gave me Langston Hughes’ Collected Poems, the Rurouni Kenshin New Kyoto Arc DVD, and the Weiss Kreuz DVD thinpack (some of my old DVDs don’t play reliably any longer, and this was under $20, so I thought it was worth doing given that I’m not going to stop writing in the fandom). He told me that he’s still expecting one more item, and two packages arrived today, one addressed to me and one to him. I don’t remember any pending orders, except some shirts from Blair that only shipped today, so I’m not opening the package addressed to me until Scott gets home.

I discovered last night that Cordelia’s English teacher had marked four of her five PT absences as unexcused. She told me that it’s because I didn’t call the office about them and that I’d better do that now. I’m fairly pissed off about that because I walked into the office every single time and told them that Cordelia had physical therapy. I signed her out each time and then back in after the appointments. The office, when I called them, confirmed that they knew she was going to PT and that those absences should be labeled as medical and thus excused. The lady I talked to fixed those in the computer records immediately. I just shouldn’t have had to do that.

There are also, from the same teacher, some unexcused absences when Cordelia was doing mandatory standardized tests that she had missed due to PT. The teacher claims that she is utterly helpless to address that problem and that the absences will remain unexcused. Every other teacher in the school has correctly marked all of those absences, both PT and testing related.

I woke with a migraine this morning that hasn’t quite dissipated. At this point, it’s more nausea than headache, but I really don’t feel well at all. The only reason I haven’t gone back to bed is that I’m not convinced it would help. If I’m going to feel rotten, I might as well do it while watching TV or listening to music. Plus, there’s no way to charge my cell phone in the bedroom, and I would like it to be at at least 50% charge when I take it in there with me.

I am thinking that my mother is right that I need to see an endocrinologist. It will be a PITA because of where that clinic is located and because I suspect my primary care doctor won’t want to refer me. She thinks my thyroid issues are simple. I’m just wondering if there are other issues we should be digging at. I have pretty constant fatigue issues. If I don’t eat regularly and sufficiently, I stop being able to think even enough to watch TV. My diet skews to the foods that experience, going back to high school in the early 1980s, tells me will help the most.

The first time I ever tried to diet (under a nutritionist's supervision), I failed an exam in a college physics class because my brain wouldn't function. I had the option to retest because it was an independentish course where one could take tests at any time and retest as often as one needed to. I went and bought a bottle of pop and drank it. I passed the retest less than an hour after failing the first test. The nutritionist didn’t believe a word I said about it.

I tried Provigil at one point (my psychiatrist considers the fatigue a big deal. No other doctor has ever paid any attention to the matter), but I couldn’t tolerate the smallest dose made— 100 mg— and half tablets weren’t helpful at all (my psychiatrist wanted to get me to 3/4 of a tablet, but the tablets were oblong and not scored for cutting. They also tended to crumble when cut. Quartering was not a viable option). There was a period, a few years back, when I was taking Provigil and drinking coffee right on getting up and still ending up back in bed for a two to four hour nap about an hour later (right after getting Cordelia to school) at least four days a week. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the creamer I add to my coffee each morning is more effective at waking me up than the caffeine. I suppose I could test that by skipping the coffee and just drinking the creamer one day and just black coffee another day, but the creamer is kind of unappealing on its own, and black coffee makes me feel sick.

Elementary, my dear Murderface

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 11:15 am
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In the last episode, Murderface bought himself a house! Today, he takes up an additional line of work when he stumbles onto murder most dire and is tasked with investigating it. Because he’s so good at figuring stuff out.

Also: an ethical dilemma!
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Poem: "TMIwork"

Fri, May. 27th, 2016 03:17 am
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This poem was inspired by a conversation with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer about how tiresome it is when the supposed good guys fight in front of the bad guys, and how differently that would go in Terramagne. It also fills the "marriage" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: Graphic marital conflict is the whole point of the poem.

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