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The kids have been watching Adventure Time after I brought home some of the Ryan North-authored graphic novels from the library because, well, Ryan North; I hear such good things about it but seeing it over their shoulders definitely gives me a lot of sympathy for people who can't with Steven Universe because of the character designs. Perhaps I should do what I did with SU and just listen while stitching until I get into it . . .


Finally, we are visiting family in Florida, and I very much enjoy this picture of a baby gator that Chad took.


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I have another three three-month subscriptions to the Shatner Chatner to give away; comment here WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS -- comments are screened -- and if I have more than three by Wednesday night, I'll ask the RNG.

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My new motivational reminder is "be the competence porn you want to see in the world," because I realized that I get the same nice warm glow when I accomplish what I know that I'm capable of. (Shocking, I know.) We'll see how long that is effective.

Meanwhile, rec your favorite competence porn, ideally text because time and access, and ideally not dude-heavy, as I have just finished an Aubrey-Maturin skim/skip re-read and am likely about to embark on a Dick Francis binge.

Also, speaking of Dick Francis, rec me your favorites. I think all I've read is Proof--or at least if I've read more, I don't remember a thing about them. I've already checked [personal profile] rachelmanija's tag and seen [personal profile] skygiants's review of The Edge.


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[personal profile] skygiants had a dream that "Will Scott, in the Lymond Chronicles, was just a pet rock that Francis had hallucinated was a human being," and now all I want to do is think of other works that would be improved by, or at least lend themselves to, characters actually being pet rocks.

Here's what I've got so far:

  • Draco Malfoy, imagined by Harry;
  • Moby Dick, imagined by Ahab? (I haven't read it);
  • Appa, imagined by Aang; and
  • take your pick of Steven Universe spoilers, and not only for the terrible pun.

What else?

(I did not realize until now that 3/4 of that list are not actually, uhh, human beings; but I think it's within the spirit of the thing.)


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The most recent show in the Proctor's subscription. It entirely lives down to its premise, and that's not only all I have time to say, it's really all there is to say.

Kids liked it, though.

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Amal El-Mohtar's review of Black Leopard, Red Wolf is, as I'd expect, beautifully written and useful: "the experience of reading this book . . . is more like if Toni Morrison had written Ovid's Metamorphoses: Painful and strange, full of bodies shifting from personhood into meat, and somehow, always, still, upsettingly beautiful."


Via [personal profile] telophase, the offical Captain Marvel movie website is hilarious and fabulous.


Thanks for all the game recs last time, I'll sort through the rest of the comments when I'm less busy!


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I feel personally attacked by this Liz Climo comic.


The post-dinner game of the moment is Monopoly Cheaters Edition, in which I literally cannot cheat blatantly enough for the kids to catch me. That's mostly because they're not sufficiently vigilant (SteelyKid was playing with slime all during tonight's game), but they also never cheat themselves. I feel like collectively those things probably say something.


Quick on various family games:

  • Sorry. Surprisingly enjoyable yet kid-friendly from really quite a young age? We've been playing it since at least the Pip was in kindergarten and probably earlier. Also, if you deliberately attempt to let kids win or lose less badly--I realize there are things to be said on various sides of this question--it's fairly easy to do so here by tweaking your strategy or flat-out stacking the deck.

  • Hanabi. Cooperative card game, we play without the timer element just because it seemed complicated and I was looking for something very low stress. I don't find it very interesting but the kids enjoy it, so I'm willing.

  • Exploding Kittens. Fun, quick & easy silliness.

  • Qwirkle. Place tiles to match colors or shapes. The rules say have 6 tiles in your hand at a time, we play with a dozen to speed things up. The Pip has thoroughly and legitimately kicked my ass at this on multiple occasions.

  • Incredibles Save the Day. Cooperative board game; very little strategy but, again, cooperative and low-stress and the kids enjoy it.

  • Sushi Go Party. Card game where you assemble sets to score points, while passing the cards around the table. This is really fun, and the difficulty can be adjusted by judicious selection of the menu (and stacking the deck).

  • Monopoly Cheaters Edition. The thing that interests me most about this is the rule tweaks to make it faster (though that's relative, tonight's game was still 90 minutes). An unsold property goes to auction if the person who landed on it doesn't want to buy it immediately; once all properties are sold, the game stops once everyone's gotten back to Go; and one property on each side of the board has a starting boost (free hotel or reduced purchase price). All of those could be imported into regular Monopoly just fine.

    The Cheaters part: there are cards in the center of the board with allowed cheats, like taking an unsold property card or moving someone else's piece. There are specified penalties and rewards for cheating with and without getting caught. I adjust the difficulty by quietly not playing Chance & Community Chest cards that would be too mean and--unsuccessfully, as mentioned above--trying to get caught cheating.

  • Bonus: Blokus Trigon. Place differently-shaped colored tiles on a board so that the same colors touch only at points, not along their sides; try to get as many on as you can. Can be played cooperatively or competitively; we haven't played this enough to really get a feel for it, but I can see the potential. Also I'm very bad at spatial things so I think that will level the playing field.

If you have any recs for board games of similar difficulty, please comment!


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This animation of a dragon accordioning into a wall is, as they say, a mood.


Via Courtney Milan, did you know that Stacey Abrams also writes romance novels published by HarperCollins? Because I didn't.


Abigail Nussbaum raises important big-picture questions about S3 of The Good Place that I hadn't gotten as far as because I was being grumpy about smaller-scale stuff. Spoilers, obviously.


I haven't had much time for stitching lately--at home I've been working on my Christmas Nanoblock set--but I really like this freebie curly heart from Mary Corbet. Into the ever-growing stash it goes . . .


Finally, I had a root canal a few years ago, and in the late fall the tooth got infected again. Happily, the endodontist went back in today and didn't find any fractures or other stuff that shouldn't be there, so I guess it was just one of those things. And it only took four and a half hours for me to be able to fully move my face again!


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I have three three-month gift subscriptions to Daniel Ortberg's newsletter to give away. Comment if you'd like one by, say, Friday night; I'll do RNG if necessary as usual.
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Yesterday, there was a fire in the house of someone I've known for a long time; heartbreakingly, her father and pets were killed. Here is a GoFundMe (organized by someone trustworthy); if you can boost or donate, it would be appreciated.
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I was going to write something about the kids taking up skiing, but Chad beat me to it. (I am too uncoordinated to take up an activity that involves strapping sticks to my feet and, more importantly, too old to do something that involves falling down a lot. The Pip can fall down every five minutes and bounce right back up without complaint, I really really cannot. Even though downhill looks like a lot more fun than cross-country.)


This comic is super-cute and then I laughed so loud at the added caption that I startled the dog.


I don't even go here but it's really nice to see Anthony Rapp as part of this Rent/Star Trek parody? (My ear's not very good but I think maybe some of those high notes at the end were a little challenging? Still. It's adorable and will only feed my current generalized Rent earworm, post-"live" broadcast. (Which I recorded but did not watch when it transpired that it was 90% a dress rehearsal.))


Finally, some years ago I gave up football on the grounds of fuck the NFL, and I have to admit that it's kind of nice to have thereby neatly avoided the question of whether I still wanted to root for the Pats.

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The rhinoceros sent me off on a skim re-read of the Aubrey-Maturin books, which reminded me how, though I quite enjoyed the movie, I don't think either Aubrey or Maturin were properly cast. And thus:

Chris Hemsworth (in recent-Thor mode) would be the perfect Jack Aubrey, y/y?

Maturin . . . look, I think it's important that Maturin be scrawny. And I'm not particularly up on scrawny European dudes? So I've got nothing there.

Going purely off looks, Diana can be Katie McGrath (I haven't actually seen anything she's been in). Sophie's tall, so she can be Elizabeth Debicki, who does a nice coming-into-her-own arc in Widows.

And I spent all afternoon standing outside in the cold and I need to go to sleep now. Please feel free to contribute your own fancasts in comments (and to move the series in space and time so we can racebend).
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It's Festivids reveals and there are all kinds of rec posts and suchlike around, and I never make the time to watch as many vids as I want, but [personal profile] skygiants recommended this one and I had to watch it immediately:

A vid for Jason from The Good Place set to "All Star" by Smash Mouth! It's perfect and I love his face so much. Jason!!!!!

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I am experimenting with accumulating a post over the day in an email draft, because I keep putting links in my bullet journal and then never posting them. Possibly this way I will also journal more broadly? Let's see how this goes.


This morning I posted a selfie on Twitter taken at the end of the dog walk demonstrating two of my personal temperature metrics: breath frozen in the tips of my hair (20F) and breath freezing directly onto glasses (-5F). Not pictured were two others, glasses immediately fogging over after stepping inside (32F) and nostrils trying to freeze over (-5F). What are yours?

(Also I think my hair looks cool like that, I admit. You can see my naturally white hairs up above my glasses.)


Caroline Siede's When Romance Met Comedy series continues to be a joy, this time looking at Bride & Prejudice:

Of all of the modern day adaptations of Pride And Prejudice, I’m not sure any have ever more accurately captured the spirit of Mr. Wickham than the way Bride & Prejudice reimagines him as a hot British backpacker with a performative laid-back cultural sensitivity.


Which condiments need to be refrigerated? at The Takeout: I feel very smug that we have all of these correct.


Interesting Twitter thread about using consultations in game design (for, in this case, colonialism, plotting horror mysteries, and trans/NB representation) and how it worked out. This is about Sunless Skies, the Fallen London folks' new PC game, but no spoilers; and the general principles aren't limited to games.


This morning I listened to a podcast about Dürer's Rhinoceros, which reminded me of the Patrick O'Brian bit about exercising a rhinoceros on a ship's deck, which gives me great joy and I hope will do likewise for you.


Finally, a cozier Twitter selfie, of me sitting on the floor with Charlie pupper's head against one hip and the Pip leaning on my other side.


Posting-by-email experience:

  • I thought email posting automatically used Markdown, but apparently that's only replying to comments, because I still had to put "!markdown" (no quotes) just after the post headers.
  • Markdown allows horizontal rules by three+ hyphens/underscores, but DW thinks that's your email sig, so use three+ asterisks instead.
  • Markdown inline links--square bracketed link text followed immediately by parenthetical link address--didn't work for me. (I think it's because DW is using the GMail plain-text version which wraps the lines and therefore appears to have a blank space between the opening parenthesis and the link.) I used reference-style links instead, which worked great: link text in square brackets, followed immediately by reference in square brackets; elsewhere in document, reference in square brackets followed by colon, space, link. More examples.

Despite all that, this first attempt does seem congenial, since I always have email open and the formatting is easy now that I've worked the bugs out. On the other hand, I'm intending to gradually import all my old public posts into a self-hosted WordPress blog (I apparently can only do it a month at at time) and then cross-post, and maybe just saving stuff as draft in WP will be easier. We'll see.

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This is a post for G+ users who are trialing DW in light of G+'s upcoming shutdown.

  • The create-entries beta is much more mobile-friendly. Turn it on here.
    • You can't use rich-text in the create-entries beta; however, you can use Markdown by putting "!markdown" (no quotes) on the first line by itself. In addition to the standard Markdown syntax, you can refer to someone's DW account by putting @ before their username.
  • You can make the reading components of the site more mobile-friendly with [personal profile] solarbird's style.
  • DW splits access--who reads your stuff--and subscriptions--who you read. If you need to go more fine-grained, you can grant partial access through circles and you can trim down your reading through filters.
  • If you want people to plus-one your posts, you can copy-paste this poll code into the end of a post (EDIT: I didn't realize that creating polls is a paid feature, sorry!:
    <poll name='' isanon='no' whovote='all' whoview='all'>
    <poll-question type='radio'>
    +1?
    <poll-item>+1</poll-item>
    </poll-question>
    </poll>
  • You can post by email (which can also use Markdown); turn it on and then check out the details.
  • If you're writing from someplace that does bookmarklets, here's one for signal-boosting DW posts within DW.
  • DW does host images, but the quota's so low that it's not really useful at this point.

Let me know if you have questions!

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The one-hour special/finale for season five that aired tonight.

SPOILERS )
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SPOILERS )

Finally, my DVR schedule has the following description for next week's finale: "Various events occur in a specific order." I'm using that for everything now.

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