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18th December 2018
I had a dream set in a base of I wanna say WW1 German styling. Actually the dream started out with me in an abandoned creepy hospital type place but then the setting segued and shifted. So there I was, at this base, I think it was partially military. I was working with the people there and I'm not eeentirely sure where most of them lay on the goodie/baddie scale, but what I do know is there was research being done in some underwater ruins nearby as part of a weapons program... I think. However, myself and a few others had an inkling there was an amphibious people there and had made secret indirect contact through translated texts. Eventually things started to go south- there was some flooding and I think fighting... as I bugged out I dropped some of the stuff we'd written into the water for the amphibious people. Not exactly sure if they were good or bad, but it was their place so giving the benefit of the doubt. :
Anyway, that's where that dream let out.
I had another separate dream where I was in a hospital where one patient was attacking other patients and, like, draining their psychic energy or something and announcing their intent to rule the world before disappearing through a portal. I thought this was bad so I decided to go to the authorities about it. So I enter a large cubical complex full of Transformers. Eventually I found Optimus Prime and Marissa Faireborn (head of the Earth Defense Command, y'know), and informed them, just a heads up and all.
30th January 2018
Super Mario RPG
Playing through Super Mario RPG on my SNES mini. Really good game! Though criticisms- :
Some parts really felt like Peach was a necessity, what with her being the only full-party healer.
Genos' role was underdone. Unlike Mallow who had the frogs and cloud people both, he didn't have that much between his intro and the finale.
A lot of the minor villains were pretty fun, like the shark pirate. Minigames were generally solid too.
It's kinda weird that the giant sword, the instantly recognizable personification of the Smithy Gang, wasn't smithy. Still, a cool image to lend to the game.
Bowser is really fun ^^
14th January 2018
So! Finally doing a report on Magfest, a week late. : ( Belated Con ReportCollapse )
Honestly one of the better times I've had there. Talked with people, bought stuff, played a lot of good games, and enjoyed all the panels.
12th January 2018
So I did make it to Magfest after all last week! :
And stuff has been super busy since so I haven't written up a report yet, but I intend to ^^
5th January 2018
Magfest, and book stuff
Hm, Magfest, a gaming con I like to visit, turns out has already started. I missed it last year 'cause I was in no mood. This year I'd be interested but it's so sudden and not the most ideal schedule wise... :
And they only have full-weekend passes so... agh. Conflicted, conflicted...
Unrelated, I've had a good streak of books-I-like coming out one after another.
I'm currently on CJ Cherryh's Emergence of the Foreigner series. Halfway through, definitely a solid entry, with each protagonist handling a separate plot.
Raven Strategem, sequel to Ninefox Gambit, was great!
Artemis by Andy Weir of the Martian was quite enjoyable and I heartily recommend, it did a great job of producing an interesting moonbase/culture.
And Steven Brust's Vallista started out my streak. It's not going to be my favorite in the series, but it was a fun haunted house/mystery.
And the Japanese light novels Rokka Brave of the Six Flowers, a fantasy series all about trying to figure out complex mysteries (to start with, only the six chosen braves can safely enter the demon land to fight the evil god. Problem: Seven people showed up... and the only suspect as to how it's possible is the demons. So who's the fake?).
My reading is normally more slanted to comics and manga, so having so many so close together is a rare treat.
16th December 2017
Sci Fi planet thought
I just want a planet to be, like, the Texas Planet in a series, and then a ninja shows up, Japanese and everything. And Texas Planet person is like, "Y'all didn't know we have ninja? They're on the other continent." :
And then they hang out and talk '[planet name] pride' all the time, the universities and sports teams and all that stuff.
13th December 2017
Library booksale comes through again
I snagged the first two omnibuses of the original Dragon Ball manga from my randomly-convenient library booksale ^^ They also had the first two volumes of the Mark Waid archie comic and a Sabrina horror stories one, but I decided I was less interested in those and left 'em for someone else to grab... unless they stay too long, of course. :
Also? Happy Hanukkah, to all Jewish friends!
13th November 2017
The light goes away *so fast* nowadays! I keep on catch myself thinking it's 8/9/10 when really it's like, 4/5/6 PM. :
I am sooo glad I got some full spectrum lights so I don't have sunlight deficiency ^^
3rd November 2017
Rating the Simpson's Treehouse of Horrors
This Halloween I watched a number of Treehouse of Horrors- 'cause I love 'em- and thought I'd rate them! :
At first I was going to do a description of each one, then I accidentally deleted what I wrote up, so here's the short:
Everything up to 12 is some level of 'great,' as is 20, and 27 and 28 are returns to form and I really like (28 is probably a B to the A of those others, but still!). 16, 23, and 25 are not at all bad either.
17 and 22 are the worst with nothing to recommend them, with 13, 19, and 21 also not very good and I don't recommend watching them.
Most of the rest are watchable with just one good segment or mostly-average ones (and in the series favor, most do have one good one!). 24 has the great Del Toro opening that must be seen but is just ok past that.
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12 are the creepiest ones if one wants to go for a scary vibe. Plenty are good.
In summery I really enjoy Simpson's Treehouse of Horror, the series as a whole I'll give an A for how *much* good stuff there is, and the stinkers are few in number.
Any thoughts? Have a fav of your own you wanna give props to?
30th October 2017
Ever feel thankful for competing bidders?
I ebay auction sometimes, and it's not that rare that I'm unsure on an item but the price is low and so I throw up a bid, then wonder if it's really worth spending money on. :
Then someone comes along and has clearly put up a higher bid beyond my limit, and I can just go, 'whelp, no need worrying about it. Thanks random person who cares more than I!'
19th October 2017
Dream Alarm Clock
This morning I had to get up at 7 to take my dad and sister to the train station. :
So that night I had a dream, various dream stuff happens (sorry I can't recall it all, iirc it was fairly interesting but I didn't stop to remember it soon enough), and then the dream moves to me preparing for a trip and then my dad showing up and saying 'I'll go with you!' and then I figure, ah, that doesn't work because I'm just dropping him off but of course this is my brain trying to wake me up because it's anticipating the time and I feel fairly well rested so I can get up and...
Look at the clock, 1:53. Brain, that's not how this works. Back to bed.
12th October 2017
Emotions and time of day
One thing I've noticed and found interesting is at different times of day, I tend to be more likely to be in certain mental states, and I find a certain (relatively short) periods in the evening my most 'down' time of day, and then once things gets later, I'm good. :
But, what I find most weird about this is I have a variable sleep schedule. I find this holds true regardless of my particular schedule.
I wonder if it's cuing off of change in temperature at the end of the day or something...
10th October 2017
Antarctic Press is one of my fav small publishers, but I haven't posted much from them recently. So I thought I'd post a bit from their women-creator anthology series Arya that just started, the story Grocery Quest! : ( From Arya #1Collapse )
Grocery Quest part 1 is by Sofia Dauila is in Arya #1
, and it shares the book with another story, Adventure Quest XXI. It's by Antarctic Press and it's a recent release, so I recommend checking it out!
*Edit* Arya, not Anya
9th October 2017
Nooo, a restaurant in Old Town closed! Burgerfi was a nice newish restaurant with clean decor that had good chilidogs and I went there with my cousin and sister when they were in town and now it's already closed, a sign on the door telling employees when they'd get their last paycheck. I don't actually know any other chilidog places in the area (other hotdog places, yes, but oddly the big ones don't have chilidogs), so now I'm going to investigate one in a few minutes. :
Then unrelated to that,
I've been participating in some online politicals polls because it was a thing where rather than 'do a long list of things,' it's 'answer one question per call, one a month.' Sounds good, long term tracking is nice. Theeen after a few, I got a call from telling how unlike most polls that have maybe a thousand, they have half a million and that's so much better, and they'll hold politicians accountable with these results, and they want money, and check their website. And they aren't even proper scientific polls, they're surveys
, people can opt-in, so when you get in the ask for donations factor it's basically a scam (may or may not be well meaning but that's the result).
And then for a third minor thing, still playing pokemon go, enjoyed the Equinox event, and have an egg bin full of 10km eggs to hatch ^^
4th October 2017
Things that happened
I saw a pair of bald eagles flying over the park the other day, which was cool. :
Done a lot of pokemon Go, enjoying that. Raikou and Entei got!
Was surprised to see the epilogue to a webcomic I liked on TV (RPG World's creator went on to make OK K.O., and Hero from the comic showed up!).
At dinner yesterday, I got a free milkshake! (I ordered a normal drink 'cause I was too thirty to not have something with refills, my dad ordered a milkshake, and then filled his order... and then, ten minutes later, filled it again. So yay!)
I had one of my books vanish for several hours before I found it again. The Bronze Skies by Catherine Asaro- I'm enjoying it.
And tonight my dad is moaning in pain.
Oh, there's nothing wrong with him, he just saw a really
bad play ("the worst play of my life").
6th September 2017
Story of Mom: Waterfall Seeds
My Mom and me used to go walking at different parks and paths pretty often. :
There's a nearby Marina that has a path that comes off of it, first through a little forest and then doing a U and ended upn on a boardwalk through the marsh.
Anyway, one day we were walking on this path and we heard this noise
. It was so pretty, this light waterfall-esque noise, but it wasn't a waterfall - we eventually found it was these tiny seeds (we think- came from a plant) dropping on to leaves. When other people eventually showed up we showed it to them too.
It was a unique experience, and really fun.
5th September 2017
Story of Mom: Navigator
Writing down an old memory with mom that popped into my head- :
Back when I was young she took us to the pool a lot (she insisted my sister and I both knew how to swim at least a little- though we ended up both being fairly strong swimmers as a result), and the movie Flight of the Navigator
was... I think it was recent? Or we'd seen it recently off rental? Probably rental.
In the shallow end of the poll she'd sit with her legs like a 'chair' and her arms out like armrests, and I'd sit there and would 'direct' her and she'd say "Navigator! Navigator!" while moving around the pool like that and it was a ton of fun and I can remember it so vividly
right now, like, even the touch.
22nd August 2017
Heavy family health news
I just received some heavy family health news :( :
My mother's cancer, which she's been fighting for a few years, has spread to the lungs and the prognosis is terminal. They're cancelling further chemo treatments (something she's happy about), and right now they're talking about 6-8 months....
10th July 2017
A Short Story of Science Gone Wrong
"Oh no, Sam is dead! We were fools to meddle with hydroelectricity! Fools! We shall destroy this invention and never speak of it again!" :
"Are you sure we shouldn't just put up handrails between us and the falls? Maybe a wall, even?"
"No, it's definitely hydroelectricity that's to blame."
5th July 2017
Werecat dream & miscellaneious dreams
I had a dream where I was a werecat (Gold Digger style, i.e. has an oversized full cat form), where I was fighting another, *much* larger werecat, who's cat form was over three times the size of mine. :
Fortunately I had an airship (with both gasbags and propellers, but fairly sleek, kinda final-fantasy esque)- or perhaps that was what she wanted- and I used a rope harness to do a swing-by attack and inflict some nasty wounds.
Unfortunately, she leapt up and got on one of the gas bags, and started ripping it up, causing us both to fall from the airship onto a beach.
This lead to a brief stare-down... interrupted by a leopard sea and an aquamatic were, who instructed us to back off. I pointed out that in the aquatic element, there's no way the big cat were would stand a chance against both of them. She said not to be so sure, but retreated anyway.
So that was a fun showdown ^^
I also, earlier the same night, had a dream about leading a group through a very large warehouse-stacked-upon-warehouse thing. Me and my crew were slowly traveling around it and heading upwards, and we met another group and they waved us on telling us to 'uphold the ideals of the Federation'. So it was some kind of post-apoc slash Star Trek mashup, except inside?
There's been other dreams that I've had- One where I was a princess who's older sister was an arranged marriage with a king and *I* was trying to angle to get swapped in for the arranged marriage.
One with Adam West Batman beating some criminals by using Bruce Wayne as a lure, and then beating Solomon Grundy with the help of three of the other versions of Dick Grayson who happened to be there.
And I've had some dreams where it seems memorable at the time but upon waking, there's really no story there or anything worth relating ^^