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([personal profile] kjorteo Sep. 25th, 2017 09:32 pm)
Oh yeah sometimes I play games besides Pokemon, and I'm still doing that book report thing.

[personal profile] xyzzysqrl brought my attention to a very cool-looking light beam puzzle game on Steam. She then pointed out that there are other games like that if I'm curious, and oh hey Chromatron is free. (She then also added, "You can see the, uh, production value difference.")

Okay but fuck Chromatron, though.

I'm sorry. I try really hard to persevere in puzzle games. I never said that I'm the undefeated Godlike master of all things puzzle, and I break down and have to use hints just as much as the next person, but I at least like puzzles and don't like to admit when a puzzle game is just too much for me. I try not to let it come to that point. Even if it ends with a COMPLETE entry about "Okay I did beat this but in retrospect here's a whole big essay on all the parts that were bullshit," I at least try.

I've beaten every game Qrostar has ever made. I've made it through SpaceChem and TIS-100. Not this one, though. I think Chromatron may be the first puzzle game I've played since I started this whole game report project that ended prematurely in a huff of "No. Fuck this."

I mean, the tooltip/tutorial/new concept writeup for level 29 reads: "When a quantum-entangled beam goes through a splitter or another quantum tangler, the quantum wave function collapses, and the two beams are no longer entangled." This is a new mechanic the game is trying to teach you. For level 29. There are 50 puzzles in the first game, all told.

No.

No, I refuse. I did 1-30 (minus one or two that required giving up and looking up the solutions along the way) plus 34. That's enough.

Honestly, this is... not a bad game in itself. The aesthetic is pure Windows 98 Chip's Challenge but it works and looks fine. The mechanics are smart, clever, and well thought out. They're too smart, is all. I am not the right audience for this game. I was a solid D student in almost every STEM class I ever took. This game hinges puzzles on your ability to think in terms of "Oh, yes, I know exactly how white beams of light split into red/blue/green at precisely the angles I need based on what angle they hit the prism, and all I need to do is recombine two of them to light the cyan crystal and then quantum-convert the split offshoot of one of them to change its color (leaving the other as-is) to light the magenta crystal." If that sounds like your kind of game, this is a great game.

For me, though, I've reached the point where I'm comfortable leaving this to my smarter friends, the ones who actually enjoy dealing with this kind of nonsense. I'm done. I'm tapping out.
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([personal profile] deird1 Sep. 26th, 2017 12:44 pm)
I'm not complaining, I'm really not. Because the truth is, that on a weekend when I was horribly sick, my husband took over all the housework and all the kids, without complaining, and did 90% of it perfectly.

It's just...

This morning I got a baffled complaint of "Where are Kidlet Primus's tshirts?" The husband wasn't sure why on earth the wardrobe was completely tshirt-less.

The reason?

Because the husband did all the clothes washing for the last five days. He washed it. He dried it. He folded it beautifully. And then he kinda... left it there. In a basket full of an increasing amount of beautifully folded clean washing, destined to reach to the ceiling before it ever occurs to him to go put the damn stuff away in the cupboards.

I did rather roll my eyes at that question.
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([personal profile] deaderthandisco Sep. 25th, 2017 04:49 pm)
Basic recommendation before the cut: It's a no for me, but I'm conflicted.

Spoilers for Episodes 1 & 2 )

This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "family of choice" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "An Atmosphere of Shame."

Warning: This poem is flangst. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Shiv has trouble relaxing and having fun, due to his history of abuse and neglect, so a beach trip is more complicated for him than for most people. ECR Boy! The poem includes multiple flashbacks, social anxiety, financial anxiety, extreme body modesty, hypervigilance, reference to past near-drowning, emergency manhandling (by Aida of Shiv and by Shiv of Edison), flibbering over acceptance vs. rejection, awkward interactions with another family, mild overstrain of superpowers, awkward apologies, Edison is blunt as a bowling ball and has no filter because he is four, and Shiv is little better due to past abuse, frustration over solar limitations, and other challenges. On the whole, though, it has a positive tone. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This is the second in the beach thread, and you'll need it to make sense of later poetry as well as [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's story "Family Stories."


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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Sep. 25th, 2017 02:18 pm)
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "We Must Bear Witness"
Poem: "An Atmosphere of Shame"
Poem: "Black Swan Lake"
Saturday Yardening
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
The Jewel in the Heart of Quantum Physics
Birdfeeding
Hard Things


The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now complete.  I have a few new poems up already, and more to post.

"Branded in His Memory" is fully committed, so if you pledged money toward that, now is the time to send it (not counting the person who specified a later date of donation).  Look on the sale page to see the tally; I had to put it there because the donor comments kind of spread around several posts.

The discussion "Working Around Microphones" has gained a lot of attention. If you're concerned about accessibility and diversity, please check out this list of ideas for supporting everyone's comfort and communication. If you're an organizer, or you know someone who is, by all means print it out and pass it around.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet enjoys a shower and Valor's Widow starts cooking.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 23 new verses.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  

Weather has been hot and muggy.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells,  firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum.
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([personal profile] tyger Sep. 26th, 2017 02:27 am)
I mean. I may be missing something obvious, but I don't THINK there's actually any notes re: how to do a thing we need to in homework in the lecture notes, which doesn't... help.

But like, also looking up the info via google is verra confusing and the few things I tried didn't work, so. @___@ (Anyone know how to sort DOM objects before printing the info out?)

Didn't do a whole lot today overall, either, which is super annoying. One day I'll get my shit together!! But that day was not today, sigh.

Plus side: left the house at something after 2am to put the bins out, even though I really didn't want to, because it's green waste week and I am trying to get rid of the leafy branches of one and a half trees. Slow going! So getting the bin out is kiiiiiinda important, yup.

Goals for tomorrow: - actually get up when my alarm goes off, even though I will be super sleepy.
- finish a bit of homework. That half-done dev skills one seems like a good choice to try!
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Sep. 24th, 2017 11:03 pm)
This poem came out of the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from ZB on Dreamwidth, [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, and [personal profile] serpentine. It also fills the "punishment" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains imagery which may disturb some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It takes place during and after World War II. Thus it features genocide, discrimination, extreme violence, death and destruction, killing captive Nazis via superpower, jailbreaking, erotic art, orphaning, traumatic rage, war trials, extrajudicial execution, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

Read more... )
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Sep. 24th, 2017 09:13 pm)
This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "naked / vulnerable" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features multiple references to past child abuse and neglect, social anxiety, financial anxiety, extreme body modesty, jealousy, shame, sex/gender diversity, creepy mannequins, visible scars from past abuse, unwelcome attention from Dr. G who quickly extrapolates the origin of Shiv's scars, unwelcome touching of Shiv by Edison who is too young to have learned better, lingering awkwardness from Halley's prior violation of Shiv's boundaries, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. However, this is the beginning of the whole beach thread, so you need it to make sense of the later poems and the story "Family Stories" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.

Read more... )
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([personal profile] kjorteo Sep. 24th, 2017 08:13 pm)


I forgot to mention in my last entry that there's a photographer in National Park.
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([personal profile] sineala Sep. 24th, 2017 10:13 pm)
I have seen the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery! It was good! I would watch the rest!

Spoilers )

Now please let the rest of it not suck.
 I'm currently working on a ASOIAF canon divergence fic, specfically based off the conceit that Joanna Lannister survives birthing Tyrion but is left unable to have children and noticeably disabled. Joanna's stabilising influence on Tywin and her children eventually lead to major differences from canon, especially when it comes to King Aerys. I doubt it'll get farther than the canonical starting date of Robert's Rebellion, but I hope it will be a fun ride regardless.

The idea is that each chapter, as in canon, is from a single POV, and I'm trying to build up a backlog of chapters before I release my little bastard child on the world. I've finished the first (a Tywin chapter), am currently editing the second (Jaime), and have started brainstorming the next four (Joanna, Cersei, Aerys, Rhaelle, order TBD). The plan is to publish a chapter every week, so I definitely need at least two months worth of material stored up before I post it.

Well, um, anyways, I doubt anyone reads this but me, but it sure is nice to put my plan into words, you know?
Title: Where No Vampire Has Gone Before (the Dear Diary remix)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1970

Original Story: Beaming Down to a Hellmouth, by M Scott Eiland.

Summary: The crew of the Enterprise meet the Scooby Gang.

Captain's Log... )
I really wanted the last entry to include all of Goldenrod City, ending with a climactic gym battle the way Azalea Town's entries did. I should have remembered that 1) Azalea Town was a two-parter as well, and 2) Goldenrod is big. Last entry was running long even from the preliminary stuff. There is so much more of this city to explore, from checking out the random buildings to furthering the plot, which itself first involves a trip to the radio tower before we can do the gym.

In the end, part 9 of this run ended up being more or less part 8-2. And also gigantic. Fair warning.

More Goldenrod, then? )
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Sep. 24th, 2017 01:45 pm)
[personal profile] mama_kestrel says, "I'll be able to put in $50 on the 29th. Can anyone join me?"

I am willing to extend the quarter-price option for "Branded in His Memory" beyond the sale proper if people have confirmed their intent to sponsor it.  These mega-epics are so big, they rarely sell at full price, so it's to everyone's benefit to catch them in a sale.  If you're looking to shop in the sale but have not yet done so, here's a great opportunity to get the most bang for your buck.  The one person who's seen this piece so far is raving about it.

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([personal profile] tyger Sep. 25th, 2017 02:19 am)
Didn't get a whole lot done today, which is a little annoying, but oh well whatever.

Did spend quite a while fiddling around with stuff and making my USB of portable programs way better (more programs on it!! Yaaaay~~). Now the only real problem with it is running things off it is uh way way slower than running them off a proper HD, but there's... really not much I can do about that, AFAIK. I mean, I did make sure to get a decent USB3 drive! The rest of it's just medium limitations + host computer's own speed, which particularly at uni is... low.

Still! Portable programs! Makes me verra happy, yes. (Mainly because it means I can store preferences so I don't have to *go through and select a text editor each time I start up WinSCP*, and also use notepad for writing markdown files etc., etc., etc. (Also I have my pixelart program! In case I wanna make sprites at uni!)

Have yet to figure out how to import my CSP shortcuts etc., but that's uh. Less than critical, haha. So now to sleep, etc, yes.
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 23 new verses in "The Higher a Monkey Climbs."  Jules and Pips discuss how to support G's family after the fire.
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:55 pm)
This is the freebie for the September 2017 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "merfolk" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest bingo.


"Black Swan Lake"


She swims,
her long neck
a graceful curve,
her black feathers
sleek and unruffled.

Sometimes,
she changes.

She swims,
her two feet
now a single fin,
her black breasts
bobbing in the water.

In both forms, she
is the secret mistress
of Black Swan Lake.

* * *

Notes:

See the black swan in bird form and mermaid form.

Mermaids appear in legends from around the world, including Africa.

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