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Adventure Zone! Come on, grab your friends. We'll go to very distant lands...* No? Wrong one?

Thoughts and spoilers abound. )


*With Jake the dog... No dogs on the moon!
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I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to send birthday cards to people, to give me opportunities to use my nifty paper cutting machine (and associated piles of decorative paper).

So I think I need to make a poll for this, so that people can send me addresses and birthdates. But I'm concerned about using Google Forms for this, for privacy reasons - although to a certain degree I guess we can all assume that Google already has that data. I use Gmail for my email anyway, so again, that data ends up with Google.

Are there any better alternatives? I'd also like to put in a tickybox list of some motif likes/dislikes, so eg. I know who I can send adorable shark cards to without freaking them out.
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Books
Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia #1) - Heather Rose Jones

Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot 5x08-10x03
Miss Marple (v. BBC, Joan Hickson) - an assortment of episodes, not in chronological order
Rosemary & Thyme 2x14 - this was randomly on TV, and I want to seek out more episodes because it was extremely silly but very cute. As I said on Twitter, I ship it on principle.

Movies
Thor: Ragnorok

Audio
The Adventure Zone 18-51, 58-60 - I got partway into the 2nd chapter of The Suffering Game and cut for spoilers, fictional injury )


I'm out of the habit of reading again, it seems. I'm looking forward to the new Murderbot novella coming out soon, and I have the second Alpennia novel to read.

Incidentally, is there a nice collective noun for this type of post? Content Consumption log?
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⛸ Figure skating! Is anyone else watching the Olympics? Have any thoughts to share? I watched the two team event... events that were on today (men's short program, pairs short program), and it was a little alarming. Is there anywhere (Discord, IRC, etc) fandom-type people are chatting about it?

🛏 I made an account on pillowfort.io - not quite sure what to make of it yet. Looks like old-school LiveJournal? Colour contrast on the dashboard is absolutely appalling. My username is Flamebyrd, as usual.

...There was supposed to be a third thing here but a migraine has descended and I am giving up.
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🌤 I stopped checking Tumblr in December to avoid Star Wars spoilers, and I've honestly been so much happier without it that I think I'm going to stick to that for a while longer. So if you have a tag for original content that I could follow in my RSS reader, please let me know!

(Dreamwidth posts will continue to be crossposted to Tumblr.)

🌤 We bought ourselves a fun little toy as a Christmas present - a Silhouette Curio, which cuts paper/card/foam and draws with markers and engraves metal and so on. I'm planning to make greeting cards and possibly some shadowboxes. Stay tuned. (Should I make a form of some description so people can tell me their addresses so I can send birthday cards?)

🌤 There's a new Card Captor Sakura anime starting (which I credit for the sudden interest in the works from 2001 I have on my fanfiction.net /o\), but I'm not watching until I can get spoilers for the ending, because I know your ways, CLAMP! *shakes fist*

Books
The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3) - N. K. Jemisin

Next: Daughter of Mystery (Alpennia #1) - Heather Rose Jones

Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot 5x03-5x07
Miss Marple* 1x01

Audio
The Adventure Zone 9-17


*The BBC one from the 80s, starring Joan Hickson
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Usually I'd wait until December 31 to post this, but I'm going to be travelling, so you're getting it a few days early. I'll edit in anything I read/watch later.

These are all in reverse chronological order (most recent first).

Books
Artemis - Andy Weir
Welcome to Night Vale - Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (audiobook read by Cecil Baldwin)*
The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2) - N. K. Jemisin
Provenance - Ann Leckie
Geekerella - Ashley Poston
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
Timekeeper - Tara Sim
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red - Martha Wells
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker

Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot 1x01-5x03

Anime
The Royal Tutor 1x01-1x12
Yuri!!! On Ice 1x11-1x12
Bodacious Space Pirates 1x01-1x08

Audio
The Adventure Zone 1-10

Movies
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Tales From Earthsea (2006)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)
Finding Dory (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Moana (2016)

Live
Figure Skating: Winter Spectacular, featuring Jeremy Abbott and Yuka Sato
Cirque du Soleil: Kooza
Bruce Springsteen (Jan 27, 2017)
Adele (Feb 28, 2017)

Places
The Netherlands
Iceland
England
Scotland
Queensland, Australia (tomorrow)

Fanfic (Written)
Completely Transparent (Lois & Clark, gen, 200 words)
First Steps (The Raven Cycle, gen, 200 words)
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As a housewarming gift, my aunt-in-law gave us a potted orchid, with vague instructions not to over-water it. After I had my surgery earlier in the year, my godmother gave me another orchid. I've been dutifully attempting to keep them alive and healthy, and telling my mother about my results, since she's a keen gardener.

The end result of this is that she told my aunt that I really liked orchids, so I received two more orchids for Christmas.

Orchid count: 4.

None of them had labels, but they are all very pretty and I'm looking forward to bumbling my way into orchid parent success! 🤞
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Yes, it's only been a week. Don't expect this to last.

Books
Artemis - Andy Weir

Next
The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3) - N. K. Jemisin

Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot 4x03-5x03

Audio ie. Podcasts
(I'm only including narrative podcasts in here.)
The Adventure Zone 1-8
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Books
Welcome to Night Vale - Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (audiobook read by Cecil Baldwin)*
The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth #2) - N. K. Jemisin
Provenance - Ann Leckie

Next
Artemis - Andy Weir
The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3) - N. K. Jemisin

*This took me about two years, but I finally finished it!


Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot - 3x05-4x02
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Books
Geekerella - Ashley Poston
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

Next:
The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth Series, Book 2 - N. K. Jemisin
Provenance - Ann Leckie
(Both of these library holds came in at the same time, hah.)

Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot 1x01-3x04

Hoping to get to the cinema to see Thor: Ragnarok sometime soon...
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Firefox updated and I was completely unprepared for it, which is probably more my fault than theirs. So here's some of my observations/tips, with a fox emoji bullet even though Firefox is a red panda:

🦊 I was using some legacy extensions to switch between multiple profiles easily, Chrome-style (and to label it on my OSX bar). These no longer work, and it seems like Firefox has no interest in supporting that functionality, but there is a Mozilla-developed extension called Containers that will let you corral your cookies between tabs. So I am trying that out.

🦊 GreaseMonkey implemented some breaking changes, and one of my essential userscripts broke - something I wrote that lets me use keyboard shortcuts to navigate up and down my Dreamwidth reading page and AO3 works listings, among other pages. I was too short on energy to try and fix it after my first attempts failed, so I switched to TamperMonkey (which has better legacy support).

🦊 I was running NoScript, largely for performance reasons on my laptop, but that hasn't been updated yet. There are a gazillion privacy extensions out there - right now I am trying Ghostery, but please feel free to send recommendations! I'm mostly concerned about my laptop not running at 100% CPU when I try to read an article, but not being stalked around the web by advertisers is nice too. (I have a lot of conflicting feelings about this - if I'm not paying for content I don't object to seeing the advertising that pays for it - but there are limits.)

🦊 This is such a silly thing, but I hate that the folders in my bookmarks toolbar are grey. Give me some colour! (Is this a theme thing?)

That's it for now, if you have any tips of your own please share!
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Continuing my trend of posting snippets from my WIPs folder as double drabbles, have this piece of silliness from when I rewatched Lois & Clark S1 a couple of years ago.

Completely Transparent (200 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Clark Kent, Lois Lane
Additional Tags: Double Drabble, Humor
Summary: In which Clark wins a meet and greet with Superman, and Lois thinks she knows why he can't go.
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The Yuletide 2017 Tag Set is open! \o/

However, I'm highly unlikely to sign up this year because I'm not in a good writing/requesting place right now, so this is a note to let people know if there are any bugs or UI improvements for my tag set filter bookmarklet, please let me know as I probably won't notice on my own.
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Usually I post these on Wednesdays, but time is meaningless, so.

Books
Timekeeper - Tara Sim

Movies
Tales From Earthsea (2006)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 (2017)
Finding Dory (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)

Anime
Bodacious Space Pirates 1x05-1x08
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I was researching Grimms' Fairy Tales for a certain upcoming Halloween party, hoping inspiration for a costume would strike (no luck yet), and was reminded of some of my favourite bizarre tales, so I am retelling them in short form below. (Links go to Wikipedia.)

The Wonderful Musician (Aarne-Thompson type 151, "music lessons for wild animals")

A fiddler wanders through the woods, looking for someone who will appreciate his music. He attracts the attentions of a wolf, fox and a hare, but is not interested in a harem of adorable animal friends and tricks them into trapping themselves.

Eventually he finds an appreciative woodcutter, the kind of company he was seeking (if you know what I mean), who helpfully protects the fiddler from the escaped and vengeful animals.

The fiddler plays the woodcutter one more song to thank him and wanders on (like a cad).


The Water Nixie (Aarne-Thompson type 313A, "the girl helps the hero flee and revolves about a transformation chase")

A brother and sister fall into a well, where they are captured by a nixie who puts them to work. Fortunately, they're able to escape on Sunday while the nixie is at church.

The nixie.

At church.

She chases them, but luckily they are able to use a collection of ordinary household items which transform into nigh-impassable mountains to escape.


The Devil and his Grandmother (Aarne-Thompson type 812, "the devil's riddle")

Three soldier deserters make a deal with the Devil (who is masquerading as a dragon, because that's cool) to escape execution, who gives them a magic whip and a promise that in 7 years, he would take them to hell unless they could solve his riddle.

Fortunately one of them is able to find the Devil's grandmother, who gives him the solution to the riddle. So they get to keep the whip and escape.

--

In all seriousness, go to Wikipedia and check out the source links for these, because all of the stories have some neat imagery that's worth reading. (And I assume that's the real point of them. They just sound cool.)
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Last night, A nominated me to choose a movie to watch, so I picked Gedo Senki | Tales from Earthsea, a DVD I bought about a decade ago and then never actually watched.

Thoughts below the cut, with spoilers. )
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I've been craving audio stimulus recently to keep myself motivated to do anything other than sit on the couch and bingewatch YouTube channels. I'm working my way through the Night Vale novel audiobook but I'll finish that eventually.

I've seen a lot of chatter about The Adventure Zone, but before I dive in I thought I'd check: is there anything I should know before I start? (Warnings, background information, anything.)

Also, for people who know me well, would I like it?
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As always, feel free to ask me about any of these and I will try to distill my thoughts into something shareable.

Books
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red - Martha Wells
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker
The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (in audiobook)

Anime
Bodacious Space Pirates 1x04
The Royal Tutor 1x01-1x12

Live
Figure Skating: Winter Spectacular, featuring Jeremy Abbott and Yuka Sato
Cirque du Soleil: Kooza

No, I haven't seen Wonder Woman or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet. Soon.
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My word processor of choice, FocusWriter, reopens with all the documents I had open last time I closed it, which occasionally leads to me discovering things I have no memory of writing.

Most recently, I found one scene and about 6 disconnected lines from a Raven Cycle fic idea I'd noted down after listening to books 1-3 on audio book a few weeks back. The scene was 218 words, so I hacked out 18 of them and posted it as a double drabble.

First Steps (200 words) by Flamebyrd
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Noah Czerny & Richard Gansey III
Characters: Noah Czerny, Richard Gansey III, Ronan Lynch
Additional Tags: Sadness, Ghosts, Double Drabble, Pre-Canon
Summary: Noah becomes Richard Gansey III's friend outside the gates of Aglionby on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon.
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I did this a while back, and never posted the code because why would you want this. Nonetheless, it still makes me smile to see it.

Yes, I left it enabled. This is how I see AO3.

Screenshot of AO3 filters, with fruit added to the ratings Screenshot of an AO3 fic, with "Explicit" replaced with "Lemon"

I replaced the AO3 content ratings with old-style citrus ratings (and relevant emoji). Note: there's no lime emoji. I used a green heart instead. Also, I'm not sure what the citrus version of "General Audiences" is. I didn't replace the names in the Filters sidebar because I didn't want to wipe out the works counts.

Cut for code )

This goes in your custom AO3 site skin, if you have one. (If you don't, you can create one.)

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