ironymaiden: (winner)
"First Edition *is* our racist grandpa."
ironymaiden: (taciturn man)
I've missed a few D&D sessions due to the film festival.

there was a point last week (I think it was when I chained the slaver to the human sacrifice tree with the manacles he had used to chain slaves, and left him there) where C said "[personal profile] ironymaiden is back!"

I like to say that I know the love of a taciturn man, but what if we're really Dianda and Patrick Lorden*?



*there are no good links. She's a murder mermaid, he's her conscience. I may have to build out their stub on the fandom wiki.
ironymaiden: (rich zoe)

we had a forecast for a tremendous storm this weekend. we didn't get it.
i'm fine with this. we laid in some disaster supplies that we should have had ready anyway (hello, ring of fire) and spent a bunch of quiet time that was pretty great.
i've been worried about C's mental health after returning home from NH. being away from home and having to spend so much time in isolation with his parents and their needy dogs exhausts him on every level. so i bought him Gears of War 4 (which means that i bought an Xbox One S to play it on). we set it up together on Sunday once we knew we weren't going to see any power surges. i know that it sounds a bit odd to say that it's comforting to see him taking headshots and blood spraying on the screen, but it's really comforting to see him taking headshots and hear the sound of a chainsaw parting flesh. (the trademark weapon of Gears is the Lancer, which is a chainsaw rifle. not to be confused with the shotgun axe.)
i also had a lot of peppermint tea and made a practice swatch of the textured stitch for my sweater. i think i'll cast on for real tonight.


ironymaiden: (bunnies)
well, that was great. it could have been larded with references, jump scares, and tear-jerking. it's not. it's a period piece, and it does sing a particular song to me: it starts with a D&D session and the opening credits are the beautiful lovechild of a classic Stephen King novel cover and Terminator. but it's not built on references. it just is.

for me, the horror elements were mild, the suspense was compelling, and the characters were king. highly recommended. happy to talk spoilers in comments.
ironymaiden: (rich zoe)


i am enjoying the heck out of these podcasts:
More Perfect: stories from the history of the US Supreme Court. this is from the people who do Radiolab.
Code Switch: talk about race, mostly in the US, from a group of PoC working at NPR. stay woke.
Invisibilia: this one is roughly themed around invisible influences that shape our behavior. the one that hooked me was about how learning to express feelings helped an offshore oil rig reduce their accident rate.



i drafted a new knitting project bag pattern and made a prototype. it's pretty rad. now i feel more confident about making one with [livejournal.com profile] mimerki's fabric.

i eyeballed pictures of a handknit sock and have reproduced the effect without reading a pattern.

Pokemon GO. it deserves its own post, but suffice it to say that i enjoyed the downtown bus slowdown immensely this morning, since i was earning XP.




















C will be home for our annual camping trip in less than ten days.
ironymaiden: (midas conflict)
as mentioned previously, my Friday game group has been playing the Fantasy Flight version of the Star Wars RPG. saying "the" in this case is a bit of a misnomer, as they have taken one ruleset and made several different games from it. each game functions independently, or you can do a full crossover (kind of like World of Darkness, but with less hiccups). the time span is basically that of the original trilogy. our regular game is Edge of the Empire (smugglers/scoundrels in the outer rim), but we use content from Age of Rebellion (rebel alliance) and Force and Destiny (force users). they're basically milking you for all the book purchases they can - the three base books, plus lots of splatbooks.

it uses custom dice, which turned me off on the game in 2012 when it came out. i have a freaking piece of furniture with drawers full of dice. like i need more dice. and they're not even fun to collect - they use proprietary symbols and they're color-coded, so it's not like i can buy my own set and have it be different from my friends' sets.

i'm still not crazy about the dice, but it creates a mechanic for flavor. you have success and failure.* you also have advantage and threat. dice are almost always additive - the GM adds dice for difficulty (that only have failure and threat on them) and you can improve your dice class or get dice from allies. you roll your pool of dice. failure cancels success, threat cancels advantage. whatever is left over after canceling is your result. this means you can, say, succeed but have threats: you escape the stormtroopers, but into a garbage compactor...

on Black Friday, we did a special event, where we created high-level Jedi for a one-off. it turns out that we were playing out past events that had happened in the ruins our regular characters were starting to explore. (I got my ya-yas out with a character designed to choke people and shoot Force lightning. I crushed people so quickly and effectively that I never did get to try the lightning.) our actions determined the contents of the holocron our regular party discovered.

my regular character is a Gotal, a horned race who can sense emotions and therefore speak with no inflection. she's a folklore student, knocking around the Galaxy looking for cool stories and avoiding paying off her student loans. (who knew a university on Alderaan would have offworld debt collection. I mean, didn't the records get destroyed?) being enthusiastic and curious with a flat voice is still not old.

it's a nice way to ease into that movie coming out.

*when you're really good or the stakes are large, you also have triumph and despair.
ironymaiden: (internet!)
[livejournal.com profile] mimerki posted a meme wherein they were asked to write about six of their userpics. If you comment "Meme Me" I will pick six of your userpics that you can then write about, thus maintaining meme balance in the LJ-verse. Feel free to propagate or not, ask people to ask you for six userpics, as you like.

knitting, yarncore

this is my knitting/yarn icon. knitting has always been a part of my life: my mother's primary hobbies are knitting and playing the piano. i learned to knit as a teen, got bored, and didn't get hooked again until i needed something soothing to do while dad was being treated for cancer. i do it because it is boring. i do it because i am always jittering. i do it because i need to always be making things and knitting is infinitely portable and forgiving of mistakes.

the icon itself came from some Diesel Sweeties swag that is long discontinued (alas, before i was knitting again) but i never forgot the design. i love the color and the lines, and the design actually was called "yarncore".

emo, h8

i don't think i've used this one much, but only because i found it after i had done most of my being emo on LJ. but hey, remember when people were miserable on LJ? i have it because there are times when i have to be emo on LJ. but i am often fully aware that i'm being emo on LJ and need to poke at myself and comment on it. (hence angry loser Anakin.) these days i tend to check myself before i write some screed of misery; i'm not sure that dwelling helps. OTOH, if that's what it takes to keep me posting, i should dwell more.

midas conflict

this was my icon for former Pirate A's Saga Edition Star Wars game, The Midas Conflict. sometimes i still use it when i'm talking about Star Wars, or when Leia feels appropriate for some reason. that was a fun game. (one of our famous stories was using destiny points in succession to obliterate an NPC who was designed to be a recurring villain. we also brought down a star destroyer.) as i think about it, that was really the first run of my Friday night gaming group. i think LJ is telling me we've been together for about 8 years. it so happens we're playing the current version of Star Wars rules right now. i should write about that; i was turned off by the specialty dice when the game first showed up at PAX, but the system has really grown on me. (i'm looking forward to a one-off extra-long all-Jedi all-combat session on Black Friday.) so much life stuff has happened in that time: jobs, school, marriages, divorce...

bust

i love the Fruity Oaty Bar commercial. it could be my favorite thing from Serenity. the idea that eating them could make you "bust out of your blouse" delights my inner 12-year-old. sometimes this icon is about surprise or absurdity. sometimes, it's about bewbs.

crappytown

this was a thing for a while, doing fandom mashups. this one tickled me to no end. the words are a reference to the Firefly episode Jaynestown, where Jayne is surprised to discover he is a folk hero with a statue in his name. it so happens that was also a thing in a Doctor Who serial, The Face of Evil. sometimes this is my "no shit, there i was" icon. sometimes it just amuses me. sometimes i want to use my Doctor and my favorite companion.

reader boys

original comic. this is my "talking about books" icon, which also encapsulates my love for readers and my disdain for people who don't read. i understand going through spates of not-reading. but if you say "i don't read" you're going to have to work pretty hard to convince me you shouldn't be ground up for food.
ironymaiden: (winner)
backstory:
i play in an Exalted game with [livejournal.com profile] mimerki where for some unknown reason i imagined her character wasn't human, but Djala. for months.

so when i started playing Exalted with the Friday group, i decided i had to exorcise this by playing a Djala myself - they're small black-and-white spotted humanoids, aka panda people.

never say no to panda.

33 seconds

Dec. 14th, 2010 04:44 pm
ironymaiden: (the world is awesome)
of pleasure, if you are charmed by a felt katamari toy that really collects things and a dude singing the katamari damacy theme. (or perhaps you would be more charmed to know that watching before work this morning caused C and i to sing it together as we walked to the bus. i know people heard us.)


ironymaiden: (blow your mind)
so, three pleasant days in and out of PAX, full of gamers being remarkably pleasant.

and now, back to reality.

apparently people will do anything for a cunning hat.
ironymaiden: (Default)
so, three pleasant days in and out of PAX, full of gamers being remarkably pleasant.

and now, back to reality.

apparently people will do anything for a cunning hat.

PAX Friday

Sep. 4th, 2009 09:43 pm
ironymaiden: (winner)
jumbled thoughts - ran around with [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin after a lovely lunch at FareStart, later C caught up with us.

sentence of the day: "i wish i had my sonic screwdriver with me - this drink would probably fluoresce."

we need the Emissary. the website does not do it justice. this is truly beautiful handmade furniture, designed for my lifestyle. (C didn't get to the exhibit hall today, but when i showed him the Sultan on the website, his response was "we have good credit." now if we had a dedicated game room to go with it...)

played Beatles Rock Band. fun. it does (as rumored) feature the ability to do three-part vocal harmony.

bought stunning new dice (a d20 set and a fistful of matched d10s). they're gold with a touch of blue and red swirled into them. the effect is that they look like really good caramels. i want to bite them.

after ten years of casual searching, i finally found a vendor with a Ryo-Ohki backpack in stock. mine! (at some point there will be blogging about reducing the amount of stuffing to increase the usable storage space. it will be necessary.) this version has a bell collar. the guys behind us at the gay gamer panel were delighted.

really great content at the panel about embracing losing in game design. alas, the obviously smart and talented presenter had awful speaking skills. (he was reading his speech. as C said later, he wanted to get up and read it for him.) i hope there's some way to get his powerpoint deck. he had a bibliography slide that i'd like to poke through.

PAX Friday

Sep. 4th, 2009 09:43 pm
ironymaiden: (Default)
jumbled thoughts - ran around with [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin after a lovely lunch at FareStart, later C caught up with us.

sentence of the day: "i wish i had my sonic screwdriver with me - this drink would probably fluoresce."

we need the Emissary. the website does not do it justice. this is truly beautiful handmade furniture, designed for my lifestyle. (C didn't get to the exhibit hall today, but when i showed him the Sultan on the website, his response was "we have good credit." now if we had a dedicated game room to go with it...)

played Beatles Rock Band. fun. it does (as rumored) feature the ability to do three-part vocal harmony.

bought stunning new dice (a d20 set and a fistful of matched d10s). they're gold with a touch of blue and red swirled into them. the effect is that they look like really good caramels. i want to bite them.

after ten years of casual searching, i finally found a vendor with a Ryo-Ohki backpack in stock. mine! (at some point there will be blogging about reducing the amount of stuffing to increase the usable storage space. it will be necessary.) this version has a bell collar. the guys behind us at the gay gamer panel were delighted.

really great content at the panel about embracing losing in game design. alas, the obviously smart and talented presenter had awful speaking skills. (he was reading his speech. as C said later, he wanted to get up and read it for him.) i hope there's some way to get his powerpoint deck. he had a bibliography slide that i'd like to poke through.
ironymaiden: (siff)
no movies yesterday - got caught up at work and then there was D&D. my character is the only survivor from the party. everyone tried to stop me from spending my dailies to help them and so i did too little, too late. (and ended up with all the experience from the encounter, and leveled. hmm. maybe this isn't as bad as i think.)

two films today, and then a Sounders FC match.

The Beast Stalker
City of Borders

this is supposed to be a Hong Kong action film. hopefully it runs on schedule so that i can run from here to Pacific Place. (i bought a cheap water bottle and it tastes bizarre, even after a couple days. i am disappointed. i've washed it, i don't know what else to do.)

made it to Pac Place, it's a zoo here because there's some kind of corporate day at the movies. also, i passed the saddest little protest - a whole two dozen people who were against socialized medicine. looked like they were all greyhairs, which means that i'm already paying for their health insurance with my taxes (unless they're refusing to accept social security. i have my doubts.)

The Beast Stalker...there is a story about young George Lucas. supposedly he said that he could get an emotional reaction out of any audience - show them a kitten and wring its neck. there were many "kittens" in this film. (oh, the little girl is the sweetest thing, and completely believable.) it's a pretty standard story about a cop redeeming himself. what makes it interesting is that the villain has dimension and we cannot help but have sympathy for him. it's marred by heavyhanded and unintentionally goofy use of slow motion and desaturation in a pivotal incident that is replayed from several angles. the kittens do make it affecting, and it's rare to see the heavies in a Hong Kong actioner cry. flawed, but worth a rental.

i loved City of Borders. i think it's my favorite of the fest so far. it deals with an incredibly complex political situation and maintains a neutral POV, allowing the people involved to speak for themselves. it follows a few of those who gather in Jerusalem's only gay bar. we see Palestinians sneaking through border fences and climbing walls to get there, we see Jewish settlers, we see a Jewish Israeli/Palestinian Israeli couple. we see them in their homes, at work, with their families. we hear the voices of religious and social leaders. there's no leading to conclusions, just a portrait of life. it's a finer film and more affecting than something like Food Inc, better constructed than the one last year about Iranian gender reassignment. highly recommended. it will be back in Seattle for the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and will be on PBS in 2010. looking forward to it getting wider recognition.
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no movies yesterday - got caught up at work and then there was D&D. my character is the only survivor from the party. everyone tried to stop me from spending my dailies to help them and so i did too little, too late. (and ended up with all the experience from the encounter, and leveled. hmm. maybe this isn't as bad as i think.)

two films today, and then a Sounders FC match.

The Beast Stalker
City of Borders

this is supposed to be a Hong Kong action film. hopefully it runs on schedule so that i can run from here to Pacific Place. (i bought a cheap water bottle and it tastes bizarre, even after a couple days. i am disappointed. i've washed it, i don't know what else to do.)

made it to Pac Place, it's a zoo here because there's some kind of corporate day at the movies. also, i passed the saddest little protest - a whole two dozen people who were against socialized medicine. looked like they were all greyhairs, which means that i'm already paying for their health insurance with my taxes (unless they're refusing to accept social security. i have my doubts.)

The Beast Stalker...there is a story about young George Lucas. supposedly he said that he could get an emotional reaction out of any audience - show them a kitten and wring its neck. there were many "kittens" in this film. (oh, the little girl is the sweetest thing, and completely believable.) it's a pretty standard story about a cop redeeming himself. what makes it interesting is that the villain has dimension and we cannot help but have sympathy for him. it's marred by heavyhanded and unintentionally goofy use of slow motion and desaturation in a pivotal incident that is replayed from several angles. the kittens do make it affecting, and it's rare to see the heavies in a Hong Kong actioner cry. flawed, but worth a rental.

i loved City of Borders. i think it's my favorite of the fest so far. it deals with an incredibly complex political situation and maintains a neutral POV, allowing the people involved to speak for themselves. it follows a few of those who gather in Jerusalem's only gay bar. we see Palestinians sneaking through border fences and climbing walls to get there, we see Jewish settlers, we see a Jewish Israeli/Palestinian Israeli couple. we see them in their homes, at work, with their families. we hear the voices of religious and social leaders. there's no leading to conclusions, just a portrait of life. it's a finer film and more affecting than something like Food Inc, better constructed than the one last year about Iranian gender reassignment. highly recommended. it will be back in Seattle for the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and will be on PBS in 2010. looking forward to it getting wider recognition.
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i got myself more medicine (by the light of the fridge) wrote this, and fell asleep on the couch. i woke to C bringing me coffee and a scone. the worst thing about europe was the lack of takeout coffee. he's off Sunday morning writing, and i am here not sneezing on people.

it's 2:18 am. i can divine from this that i had my last dose of theraflu at 22:00. i thought i had escaped the worst of the cold earlier this week...

we finally started playing Hunter with the Friday game crew. it's set in a WoD version of Seattle, which is an unexpected pleasure - it's very easy to immerse oneself when a few words can call up a host of associations. the GM is rocking the horror aspect of the game. no real combat, but lots of rolling against derangement. (i think i made one roll for initiative in six hours. yeah, six. we lost track of time. i miss the lost sleep.) tons of roleplaying the story, which i didn't expect this group to embrace. turns out they're good at it.

so i'm happy with that. also, i finally got my lusted-after tiny laptop. it's an acer aspire one. it did in fact work fine right out of the box, a remarkably maclike experience.
it's a lovely little machine and the keyboard is big enough that i can touchtype easily. (my fingers are thin but long. probably not good for someone with meatier mitts.) closed it's about the size of a trade paperback.
i spent most of today fussing with it, absorbed in the pleasures of building my own car. i proceeded to ditch the custom linpus interface and switch to the regular Xfce desktop, upgrade Firefox, swap out some other software, and flash the BIOS. this wasn't necessary activity, just the sort of distraction i needed today.
i take great pleasure in learning new things and problem solving, so i read and compared tutorials and checked out software recommendations and generally spent the day flat on the futon learning by doing. there are a remarkable number of patient and tolerant linux users out there, answering questions and writing tutorials. it's nice. less pain than Darwin, although tinkering with that has certainly helped. gods, i used DOS today for the first time in...twenty years?
the best thing i learned about today was f-spot. it's the photo management software that i've always wanted. it does review, basic cropping and image adjustments, plus drag and drop tagging. select and export directly to Flickr, tags and all. it also handles Flickr privacy settings. (i haven't found naming and descriptions yet, but i'm betting someone has written an extension for it.) batch upload was smooth and failure-free, unlike my experience with Uploadr on mac and windows. i can pop the SD card from my camera into the SD drive on the laptop and go. i wasn't expecting to use this for pictures, but yay!
ironymaiden: (Default)
i got myself more medicine (by the light of the fridge) wrote this, and fell asleep on the couch. i woke to C bringing me coffee and a scone. the worst thing about europe was the lack of takeout coffee. he's off Sunday morning writing, and i am here not sneezing on people.

it's 2:18 am. i can divine from this that i had my last dose of theraflu at 22:00. i thought i had escaped the worst of the cold earlier this week...

we finally started playing Hunter with the Friday game crew. it's set in a WoD version of Seattle, which is an unexpected pleasure - it's very easy to immerse oneself when a few words can call up a host of associations. the GM is rocking the horror aspect of the game. no real combat, but lots of rolling against derangement. (i think i made one roll for initiative in six hours. yeah, six. we lost track of time. i miss the lost sleep.) tons of roleplaying the story, which i didn't expect this group to embrace. turns out they're good at it.

so i'm happy with that. also, i finally got my lusted-after tiny laptop. it's an acer aspire one. it did in fact work fine right out of the box, a remarkably maclike experience.
it's a lovely little machine and the keyboard is big enough that i can touchtype easily. (my fingers are thin but long. probably not good for someone with meatier mitts.) closed it's about the size of a trade paperback.
i spent most of today fussing with it, absorbed in the pleasures of building my own car. i proceeded to ditch the custom linpus interface and switch to the regular Xfce desktop, upgrade Firefox, swap out some other software, and flash the BIOS. this wasn't necessary activity, just the sort of distraction i needed today.
i take great pleasure in learning new things and problem solving, so i read and compared tutorials and checked out software recommendations and generally spent the day flat on the futon learning by doing. there are a remarkable number of patient and tolerant linux users out there, answering questions and writing tutorials. it's nice. less pain than Darwin, although tinkering with that has certainly helped. gods, i used DOS today for the first time in...twenty years?
the best thing i learned about today was f-spot. it's the photo management software that i've always wanted. it does review, basic cropping and image adjustments, plus drag and drop tagging. select and export directly to Flickr, tags and all. it also handles Flickr privacy settings. (i haven't found naming and descriptions yet, but i'm betting someone has written an extension for it.) batch upload was smooth and failure-free, unlike my experience with Uploadr on mac and windows. i can pop the SD card from my camera into the SD drive on the laptop and go. i wasn't expecting to use this for pictures, but yay!

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