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I'm back home! I haven't done one of these in a while, so here's a quick, probably inaccurate update on what I've been doing to conquer pop culture.

Books
Rogue Protocol - Martha Wells (Murderbot #3)
Exit Strategy - Martha Wells (Murderbot #4)

Audio (I only list narrative audio here)
The Adventure Zone: (K)Nights, 1-3
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty 8-12 (I'm not sure how much longer this has, but I think I'll wait a bit longer before listening to more)
The Adventure Zone: Dust
The Adventure Zone: Balance - All live shows through 1 November (Seattle, Halloween Special)
Lawful and Orderly - 1-2
The Strange Case of Starship Iris 1-4

If anyone has any narrative podcast recommendations, please send them my way!

Television
Guardian (镇魂) 1-4
Some random episodes of the classic Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Movies
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)

Live Events
Pittsburgh Penguins @ Toronto Maple Leafs, October 18 2018
Skate Canada International (Laval, QC) - Exhibition Gala

I also watched the entirety of Griffin McElroy's Pokemon Nuzlocke Run, despite never having played a Pokemon game. It was nice, chill plane viewing.
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Books
The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

I really need to get back into the habit of reading books.

Audio
The Adventure Zone: Balance - the rest of it, including all the live and MaxFunDrive episodes (but not the bulk of the Suffering Game)
The Adventure Zone: Amnesty 1-5 - This was very cool, but I think I'll wait until the next arc is finished before continuing
The Adventure Zone: Elementary (AKA Four Sherlock Holmes and a Vampire [Who Is Also One of the Aforementioned Sherlock Holmes]) - this was Extremely Silly 😂

Television
Agatha Christie's Poirot 10x04-11x02 - I think I'm done with this - it was getting too dark and sordid for my tastes. I enjoyed much of the early seasons a lot though.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2x01-2x07
Rosemary & Thyme 1-9

This sounds like a lot of TV, but it's been a while since I logged my TV watching.
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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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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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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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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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I'm house-sitting for the next week-and-a-bit and now that I suddenly have fast internet with a decent download allowance I'm not sure what to do with myself. Browse Tumblr? Watch streaming media?

Reading Log (Since October 6, 2016)
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch (in audiobook)

Watching Log (Since March 16, 2016)
Film
Arrival (2016)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Anime
Yuri!!! On Ice 1x01-1x10
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...with no plans to leave in the near future, which is a weird feeling. It's spring, and by my calculations the last spring I had in Australia was in 2008. I have allergies. How about that.

I've been taking the time to acclimatize, get over my jet lag, and not runs out and see all the people and do all the things like I have on my previous visits. It's nice.

Reading Log (Since June 22nd, 2016)
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #1)
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #2)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #3)

In Progress
The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle #4)

...after basically everybody talking about these books for a while, I discovered my old library had them available as ebook so I nabbed them all before they could realize I've moved and cut me off.

Audiobook
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything - Chris Hadfield (Read by Chris Hadfield)
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☔️ Last weekend, I went to Science World* for what was the roughly fourth time in my life, and the first time accompanied by actual children. It is a completely different experience with a 4yo and a 3yo! A fun experience, although exhausting. It's very sad to have to surrender playing with the cool science toys to actual children, though. I hope they appreciated my sacrifice.

(Actually, I wonder how well some of them go down with modern kids [ones slightly older than the ones I went with]. Some of the tech has become increasingly commonplace. But I hope they love the infrared harp as much as I always did.)

☔️ On Friday it will be 10 years since I first visited Canada. On Saturday it will be 7 years since we moved here. I may make an introspective post about this, but I wanted to note the anniversaries in case I don't.

Reading Log (Since June 8, 2016)
The Edge of Worlds - Martha Wells

My ebook and library queue is empty now, so please recommend me things! (I have a small pile of physical books to read, though.)

* You may remember it from many TV shows where it pretended to be something else.
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