Time wasting

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:22 am
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
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I got an invite to the closed alpha of Sunless Skies, so when it wouldn't load I decided to take Sunless Sea for a turn and make sure that it wasn't on my end. Turned out there were a few things I could fiddle with to get both of them working properly (Sunless Sea originally wouldn't load, then I looked in its settings and found out that it had been set to a window size of 1280x3. Not 300, 3.)

So... Sunless Sea, man, that's rather addictive.

I now have like five dead zee-captains. Alas, poor... whoever.

My favorite death actually was when I was out of fuel and prayed to one of the gods of the underzee, who decided to drop me in port at Kingeater's Castle, the farthest point on the map. It was obviously somewhere my tiny little steamer Should Not Have Been. And then I got blown to smithereens, which is how most of my adventures have ended.

Still haven't managed to get back to port with those smuggled souls for the Cheery Man, blast it! I managed to pick them up successfully once, but nothing else.

Oh, Sunless Skies? Looks pretty! It hasn't really crashed since I got it to actually run, but there's not much to actually do in it yet. They're still building systems.
aris_tgd: "Tune your ear to the frequency of despair and cross-reference by the latitude and longitude of a heart in agony." (Lyttle Lytton Spider-Man Agony)
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Should I get a Goodreads account?

I mean, if nothing else it might be a good way to organize lists of "things I want to read" on my e-reader, since the e-reader's library functionality is terrible.

It might also help me to not purchase the same book four times.

Hack and slash

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:56 pm
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New Game of Thrones! It's epic and it checks in with all our favorites and that's just what I wanted! Specifics under here )

I've been continuing to watch Critical Role, I'm on Episode 62 (the second live one), and I'm about ready for them to get out of the Feywild. I mean, I think my least favorite thing for the gang to do is bluff social scenes as a group, and there's been a lot of that. They're not very good at it and especially Percy/Talesin is much less good at it than he thinks he is. (I don't know if that's an IC thing or a player thing. I feel like it's a player thing.) There's just a lot of embarrassment squick going on there.

So I was working on grading today and then I couldn't find several of my students' papers, which was bad. Now I have them, which is good. But grading isn't done, which is really bad, since all the grading for the course is due at the end of the week, and ugh ugh ugh. I'm too tired for this.

A complete thing, now

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:50 pm
aris_tgd: A black and white spiral on a Go board (Pi spiral)
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What Football Will Look Like in the Future (17776 Football) is complete, now, and y'all should read it if you like stories about robots, combating loneliness, knowing your terrain, things ending, ambivalence about change, and games.

Somewhat bridled domsesticity

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:49 pm
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
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So I had a cooking moderate success yesterday, in that I managed to pan-fry a steak to edibleness and roast asparagus (which tasted divine), but I also managed to set off the smoke alarm and today I left my cookies in the oven for too long, meaning they're over-crispy (but still chewy on the inside, thankfully.)

I've also been brain-staticky the last few days, and feeling like I'm finally coming out of it? I'm still behind on things, but at least I feel like I might be able to cope.


Jul. 14th, 2017 03:05 pm
aris_tgd: Daenerys "Come not between the dragon and her wrath" (Daenerys dragon)
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Not books. And not articles that I ought to have been reading, nah.

I have been suffering from acute burnout brought on by having to interact with way too many people with not enough downtime for the last couple weeks. I thought I was doing okay, since TAing doesn't actually take up too much time--but I have to be ON, 100% when I'm around students, there's no half-assing it. And a bunch of students were super upset at their first assignment grades and started freaking out at me about it. I really need to get their next assignment graded (if not both of the ones they've handed in this week) so we can start talking about trends rather than having them endlessly angst over their performance.

I mean, that's what happens when you take a class in a condensed summer session, guys! Instead of ten weeks it's four!

I have had literally no brains available for my own research, though at least my PI is the nicest guy in the world and we chatted about giving my work this summer a focus, which is nice since otherwise it's like, "Read papers and think about things!" which is, er... broad.

Instead, I delved into NPR's list of 100 reader favorite comics and graphic novels and decided to pick up some webcomics. Like you do.

(Though: everyone's going to have their list of things that didn't make the list that are their particular favorites, and I'd like to throw out Super Indian by Arigon Starr, Digger by Ursula Vernon, and Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson (who also did the amazing and seminal Ozy and Millie.) End aside.)

I finally got around to reading Gunnerkrigg Court, which is just as wonderful as you have probably already heard. It's doing some interesting things with the MAGIC!/SCIENCE! divide, the characters are charming and the main character, Antimony, has been wrestling with real flaws throughout the comic and has gone through significant change. And her dramatic shift in the most recent arc was really well foreshadowed. Also, the creepy robot religious cult(s) is interesting and weird and I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops.

I also devoured Stand Still, Stay Silent which is GUH-AMAZING. The art is beautiful, the plot has been fun when it hasn't been rollercoaster-terrifying, and the characters are charming, adorable, and delightful. It's very much post-apocalyptic adventure-horror but at the same time the author describes it as "fluffy", which is kind of is! The last arc got sad.

So now I have what, a billion webcomics I'm following? Something like that.

Obligatory Anniversary Sonnet :-)

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:40 am
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.....On this date, a decade ago, Tammie Dupuis and I stood in the Living Room of her beloved South Seattle home and said our wedding vows. Every year since just gets better and better. My only regret? Not having married her ten years before that. smile emoticon:-)

.....You are my sun, my moon, my glitter, guiding northern star that brightens my very soul. Love you forever! Happy Tenth Wedding Anniversary!

.....With obligatory wedding anniversary sonnet ... :-)

My early journies lacked a purpose clear
An aimless wandering through many lands.
Then Love took pity and leaned close to hear
My cries to fill the space my heart demands.

Glass wings a window to another world
A prism freeing light in many hues.
Seen in exstatic light as she is hurled
In sudden motion to release her muse.

This dragonfly forever draws me near
A guide whose beauty in a spell binds me.
Her flights of passion drive away all fear
New wonders revealed she leads me to see.

Love's wisdom sent me a soul searing fate
Forever to be with this perfect mate.

.....All My Love, Aaron.

More things and stuff

Jul. 11th, 2017 11:39 pm
aris_tgd: Jon Snow "Now, gods, stand up for bastards." (Jon stand up for bastards)
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First off: CritRole episode 57: WHAT THE FAAAAAAAAAA--

Read more... )

Okay, so I was going to talk about other things I read.

Lagoon: This was a weird one for me. It's fascinating, but I felt kind of at sea most of the novel, not really feeling what was going on with the plot. It was incredibly atmospheric and rich and interesting and I recommend it, but it was also meandering.

1491: History of Americas before Columbus. Very good, very interesting, very brisk read. A lot more focused on South America than I would have thought (which is a little annoying because I'm mostly interested in civs around where I grew up,) but still really informative and cool.

The Conclave of Shadows trilogy: Okay, my dad has been trying to get me to read this one for a few years, and he was pretty into it. I was... not. I mean, it was kind of cute and fun, and I enjoyed reading it. Tal was kinda neat. But the third book, which had the most interesting initial premise, also was kind of the most of a letdown. And the way the books treated women felt seriously retrograde. On one hand, friendly wenches. On another hand, Evil Schemers. On a third hand, Noble and mostly not saying much. Also, it really felt like he only had one protagonist, and he wasn't nearly as interesting as Zelazny's protagonist.

Like, look, it's charming, it's fine, it's fun, but high fantasy's gotta give me something more if I'm going to get invested in more trilogies and more serieses and tons of backstory and different planes and gods and *skkzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*

Revisioning History: Collection of essays on historical films, and History on Film/Film on History: a book on the same subject by the editor of the first. The argument the author is making is that a movie about a historical subject is a legitimate method of portraying historical information which is subject to a set of biases that are real and that we should be cognizant of, but which are no more delegitimizing than the biases and exceptions/faults of book history. I'm not sure how much I buy the argument, but it certainly gave me a list of movies to check out!

I'm in the middle of Matt Ruff's Lovecraft County (I'm about a tenth of the way in), and it's cool so far but it also really feels like it's written for a white audience, rather than something written by and for a black audience. (This is notable because all the main characters are black and it's set in the 50s--the uncle of the main character writes and produces the Green Book.) I couldn't say how it reads to a black audience, and it's not bad or anything, it's just a little bit more explain-y and obvious about the race stuff than it necessarily needs to be. I'm looking forward to getting further into it.

Ahhhhh, of course, now I'm back at work and TAing and grading and one of my students is being obnoxious, and I'm not going to be able to read anything that isn't chemistry for the next four years.



I'm also in the middle of a book on the election of 1800, it's pretty fun. Mostly it's so far about the politics of the 1790s as backdrop, and by now I'm pretty familiar, but it's always nice to get a refresher.


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