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I published a small game on itch.io! It's free and should take maybe ten minutes to play. It's not, like, groundbreaking, but I kept having this problem with RPG Maker where I wanted to make huuuuge sprawling games, and always lost track of myself.

So I forced myself to make a small game instead.

It has a beginning, middle, and end, and should be bug-free thanks to beta testing by [personal profile] tamagus, [personal profile] beemoji, and [personal profile] girlnamedlance. My heroes ♥♥

Rename 完了

May. 27th, 2017 05:11 pm
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To all the zero people currently subscribed to this journal: I did the thing. Sorry about the whole booting-you-off thing. I just really kind of hate that you can't prune your circle. I mean, I don't use Tumblr anymore, but softblocking was a godsend.

(I know that being subscribed to by someone who I don't want to be doesn't make my content vulnerable, and I know that force-unsubscribing someone doesn't provide me with any security. It's a personal preference I have.)

Anyway, I wanted to change my username regardless.

It's a genus of figwort.

And if you don't know me IRL, I'd really prefer if you referred to me as Zal from now on. \o/
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Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.
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Went to see Synetic Theater's Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight with [personal profile] greenygal as her treat.

This one was a wordless production, but fairly true to the book, including the 'everyone's dead' end.

The use of masks in the production was fantastic, especially with Frollo. There are several scenes where he seems to be fighting his mask -- his real feelings against what he should present to the world -- and in the finale it is Quasimodo against Frollo's mask, to the point where Frollo was killed when Quasimodo broke his mask into two.

Actually, some of the best sequences were of Frollo against himself, generally protrayed by Frollo, a dance troupe of six gargoyles mimicing his every move, and his fevered image of Esmerelda, portrayed in a change of dress and a concealing full-face mask to show this was Frollo's image of her, and not actually her, as Esmerelda wore lighter colors and was one of the few actors not wearing a mask as at all, though she did have make-up making a partial mask across her forehead, as did many of the 'beggar' characters. Phoebus and the guard were portrayed in shiny, military-style gasmasks, which emphasized their authority and also allowed several members of the ensemble to play soldiers (gasmask), gargoyle (plague-doctor mask), or beggar (domino make-up) as the scene required.

The next and final production of the season is going to be Mark of Cain, an original (instead of adapted) peice. I'm not sure if I'll go see it, but generally Synetic doesn't disappoint me.

Next season is already available for subscription, being: The Adventures of Peter Pan, The Trial (Kafka), Titus Andronicus, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a bit of an odd mix, in my opinion. Of course, it all depends on my employment status when next season rolls around.

RPG Maker MV works on Linux now!

May. 26th, 2017 04:19 pm
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Finally I can uninstall Wine.

(It's apparently worked on Linux for a while now but no one tells me these things. I didn't find out Netflix worked for like a month. Maybe I should actually follow a Linux news site or something.)

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May. 26th, 2017 09:18 am
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Probably gonna do the rename token thing this weekend. Like I said, I'm booting all my subscribers/access-givers because 75% of you all are dead accounts (plus a couple of them are people I want nooooothing to do with anymore (dw, I'm not referring to anyone who's likely to be reading this)), so if you haven't already, comment here and I'll let you know when it happens so you can re-add me. You know, if you want to. (Don't worry if I have no idea who you are, I love meeting new people! (This might secretly be a plot to get lurkers to come say hi to me. (It's not, but that's a nice benefit, lmao.)))

moving weirdness

May. 25th, 2017 07:21 pm
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[personal profile] jmtorres and I are moving to a penthouse apartment in our current building, which was not at all the plan, but it was the winner in terms of low rent reasonable floorplan and non-insane building management.

But still: penthouse. Comes with the benefit of appeasing my very childish impulse that getting off the elevator on a higher floor than other people makes you more important.

The sign for the apartment says "Penthouse 1308". Mail is routinely delivered using "1308" or, more pretentiously, "PH08". Amazon 'corrected' the unit number to "Ph 1308". The power company, and only the power company, insists on using "PH8" which we only figured out after much back and forth.

The mailbox was overflowing when I checked it, and judging by all the election fliers it hadn't been emptied in at least two months. There was a small shipping envelope that was actually addressed to another unit, had been delivered wrong. I was uncertain, at 6am when I checked the mail and found this, how to deliver it to the other unit without making it appear that I had kept it from them for however many weeks it had sat in that mailbox. I went to bed to figure it out later and when I woke up [personal profile] jmtorres had already taken it to building management to handle, because she is wiser than me.

Newly local characters

May. 22nd, 2017 03:13 pm
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Once I move at the beginning of June, there will be a new local set of people.


Me: y'all know me. Lunatic, infovore. Gender: no thank you. Pronoun set: plural-they.

Partner: a witty, kind geekfolk, fascinated by books and shows and links and sports and hardware and eking every last ounce of usefulness out of old gear. I have known them for about 10 years at this point. Infovore. Gender: has a lot of oppressive constructs which should be BURNED THE FUCK DOWN while not endangering the vulnerable folks who depend on some of its supportive ones. Pronoun set: anonymous-they.

Metamour: has been seeing my partner since February-ish. Met them over a game of CAH; knew they had to be friends when they had pretty much the same answer. Witty, beautiful. Likes baking. Gender: woman. Pronoun set: she/her.

Tay-Tay: my younger (biological) sister, and soon to be my roommate. I say she is my "baby" sister but she's actually a year older than my partner. Violinist and general ball of energy. Short and tiny; I can kind of lift her in one arm so she can be on eye level with my partner. Gender: probably woman-ish and she likes kicking over gender norms and dancing on top. Pronoun set: she/her.

The Kitten: a small, loud, grey indoor lap cat who loves my partner and will punch people who try to pet her without her permission. Previous owners declawed her. She is food-insecure, and cannot be left to free-feed. She's antisocial to other cats. She does not like Master Jerkface very much at all. She is most often found perched on the back of my partner's desk chair and getting hair on their jacket, on my partner's lap with her tail in their face demanding to be petted, or on top of them when they're asleep.

Master Jerkface (and other equally unflattering nicknames): the abusive ex of my beloved partner. I hope to not meet them. Gender: they have one. Pronoun set: as used here, anonymous-they.

The Man-Child: Tay's boyfriend, who I didn't hear about in the context of a Relationship until September 2016, literally as I was coming back from the Oakland radiation oncology department. Musician, outdoorsy hiker type. A few decades too old for man-childishness to be excused. Gender: man, probably. Pronoun set: he/him.


Team Partner: a bunch of people who came together to help my partner in their hour of need. They include:

an old internet friend of mine who reads the Vorkosigan books
their wife
a friend of theirs

The first hosts: one of my partner's former co-workers who went into tech and her husband

The second hosts: another co-worker-ish person and her husband


Assorted now-local friends of mine include:

Mr. Zune: a former co-worker from Virtual Hammer who is now at the SEA-TAC outpost as his career was portable
Mr. Zune's Girlfriend: got a dream job in the Seattle area

[livejournal.com profile] tygerr: an old friend and Listee
[livejournal.com profile] tygerr's wife: an excellent and fun geek lady

Carnelian: a friend of mine from the late 90s; we had various different paths in life but now we're talking again and comparing notes.
Terezi: Carnelian's daughter, who infamously needed two stacked baby gates to keep her contained as a toddler. Now a proud teenage tumblr bb. (I haven't seen her in Many Years, but I'm likely to run into her more often now.)

Various #dw, #dw_kvetch, and #lj_s folk!!!

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May. 22nd, 2017 12:14 pm
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I'm getting a little tired of this username so I think I may buy a rename token. When I do, I think I'll purge my circle to get rid of all the inactive and deleted accounts -- so if you want to stay subscribed to me afterward (even if I have absolutely no idea who you are -- don't be shy!), comment here and I'll let you know after I rename so you can do so.
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Yesterday I went to [personal profile] greenygal's for a jisgsaw puzzle party -- 5 people, doing a 1000-piece Star Wars Posters puzzle and a 1000-piece Wonder Woman puzzle, while eating snacks and pizza.

It was a lot of fun, and I hope to host a jigsaw party of my own in June. I only have one 850-piece puzzle (and several small Bafflers), so I might have to get a second puzzle if I do that. Possible a Ravensburger antique map puzzle...

Frasier (re)watch season 1

May. 21st, 2017 01:47 pm
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[tumblr.com profile] hoidn has been posting lots of cute Niles/Daphne gif sets on tumblr and it reminded me how much I enjoyed Frasier but found it frustrating that I was stuck with whatever episodes I happened to catch on tv. So I decided to watch it in order! Not all 220 episodes or whatever just the ones that sound good/shippy. And then Cam was inspired to maybe do the same, so I'm going to write up the episodes as I watch them to help him decide what to watch himself (unless he just watches them all, he is more of a completionist than me)

Read more... )

Goodbye, Virtual Hammer.

May. 20th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Friday was more boxes. Putting olives and pineapple and a few other things in a sturdy box half-filled it, but it was already heavy enough. I made up the rest of the space with dry noodle soup cups: not easily crushed, but hella light.

It was beer bash day at Virtual Hammer, and my last one. My former manager's last day had been the week before (onward and upward). I was skeptical of the food choices, as the theme was "pizza party", and I was aware of what the "catering pizza" was like.

By 2pm, when the maintenance guy hadn't shown up for the pre-departure inspection, I called the office. I didn't want to miss beer bash. He came through at 2:45. No major issues, and maybe X place would be good for the moving pod, but it was a hard problem. (In this case, "major issues" is holes in walls, destroyed appliances, etc. I am sure there will be "minor issues".)

I headed for beer bash, slightly melancholy. (My partner urged me to try for not too much sadness.) I chatted with Nora, of course. I walked briskly up the path, but paused at the duck pond to take a few last pictures.

The duck pond at Virtual Hammer, glowing in the sunlight (with a certain amount of algae bloom).

Purple called just about then, as he was about a hundred meters behind me and wanted to catch up. He had a new-ish teammate with him, someone of a delightfully compatible sense of humor.

We grabbed some pizza (fortunately, there was sufficient pepperoni pizza, as the veggie pizza was laced with bell pepper), and contemplated the desserts.

1) Streusel pizza, an uninspiring-looking cinnamon-sugar crumb on something flat and pale.
2) Brownie pizza, with toasted mini marshmallows and peanut butter cups.
3) Popcorn with some red coating on it; this would prove to be mostly spicy.
4) Cookie pizza, chocolate chip with frosting, coconut shreds, and walnuts on top.

#1 looked like a waste of carbohydrate. #3 looked like not-dessert (and upon tasting, was indeed not-dessert).
I texted my partner with the descriptions of #2 and #4, and got back some incredulous punctuation. I loathe peanut butter, and have an oral hypersensitivity reaction to walnuts. (It burns and the lining of my mouth peels off. It's great.) My partner has complementary reactions: oral hypersensitivity to peanuts, and loathes walnuts.

Purple and his teammate and I had a lovely time in one of the tucked-away back tables. There was a lovely view out the windows. We talked about squirrels (Purple's noticed that modern squirrels know how to freeze and duck for cars), bees (Purple's childhood home had a prodigious amount of comb removed from a wall), the nature of "Netflix and Chill", and other such things.

Eventually, Ms. Antisocialest Butterfly called, and we figured out dinner. I spotted the cute receptionist across the upper quad, and said goodbye. We wandered back down to the lower quad, and Purple wrapped up. I dropped some spare buttons from the 2015 department conference, because I didn't really need that many as keepsakes, and someone at work might think they were cool.

We headed off for dinner. Goodbye, campus in the hills. You were beautiful, and I met so many lovely people there. Perhaps I'll visit again someday.

Ms. Antisocialest Butterfly had been delayed in leaving for dinner, because as she was heading out, there was a machine overheating, so she'd had to spray the fans with compressed air and such. I was careful to avoid "blowing" jokes at first. The restaurant had the air conditioning cranked up high, which had likely been appropriate in the heat of the day, but was less and less appropriate as the air cooled. I put on my jacket. Purple ran out to his car to grab his button-down shirt.

The on-table tablet thing behaved itself this time, by which I mean Ms. Antisocialest Butterfly was able to look at the drinks menu and pick out something, and then we were able to aim it away from us without it blinking. I got a sip of Purple's drink, which was just about the right amount. (Two would have been an okay amount too, but it was a little sour for me.)

Ms. Antisocialest Butterfly has picked up a new online game, where she is now known as "Finger." Most of the obvious jokes were less made than they were implied. She observed that it's very important to not (as someone had) leave the punctuation out of the greeting "Finger, my friend!" What happened was that she'd joined the game and picked a nickname; some dick had immediately taken offense to her basic existence. She'd argued that this was the internet, perhaps she didn't exist at all! Perhaps she was just a disembodied finger, typing. And thus her new name.

Purple walked me to my car. We chatted about this and that, and the move. I'll be fine. I tend to pre-react, rather than post-react. (Purple post-reacts.) My partner and I have good communications. I'll be sad to leave California, but not heartbroken like I was about leaving Darkside.

We set the date and time for our last dinner: Tuesday night, in the hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean place where they treat us like family. I'll want to say goodbye there, too.

The language of apology

May. 20th, 2017 04:10 pm
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For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I started contemplating the components that make up an effective apology to me. There are the "five apology languages", which are siblings of the "five love languages", or something. That's interesting, but it isn't quite what I'm looking for.

What am I looking for?

a) Acknowledgment of the effect, and regret. (Regret is one of the apology languages.) Something happened and I was hurt; in an intimate and trustworthy relationship, I want them to know how I was hurt, and why it was hurtful. (Late to an event, hurt feelings, stubbed toe, irritated, etc.) Since they need to care for my well-being, I feel that it's appropriate that they regret my well-being was affected.
(In an untrustworthy relationship, giving them more information on how they have hurt me just gives them ammunition to hurt me further. If you find in your life that there are people where you don't want to let them know that you are hurt or how, contemplate your options for reducing those people's access to you.)

b) Root-cause analysis. What are the factors that led to this happening? Some are the responsibility of the person. (Accepting responsibility is one of the apology languages.) Sometimes there are factors that are nobody's responsibility, or are the responsibility of entities who are in no position to have things changed as a result of the incident. (A terrible day at the DMV is not likely to be solved by anyone saying "Hey, this was terrible.")

c) Making restitution, if appropriate. (Making restitution is one of the apology languages.) A date can often be rescheduled. Doing something nice and out of the ordinary is a mood-lifter. Fixing or replacing the broken thing. Sometimes there isn't really anything that can be done to make it better, and that probably should be acknowledged.

d) Failure prevention. (In the listed apology languages, "genuinely repenting" seems to fit this the closest.) With root-cause analysis and knowledge of the effects, we can use those to plan to avoid circumstances where this comes up again, and make a plan for mitigating the effects if it does come up again.


In my present primary relationship, my partner always genuinely regrets the hurt. They don't always understand why it was hurtful, so that portion often involves a lot of discussion. (And I can contribute to things going better by being more flexible in when and how that discussion happens.) The root cause often involves things that have grown out of traumatic experiences and situations in our past, which is ... fun. Restitution hasn't been a huge factor.

Root cause analysis and failure prevention tend to slide together, even though I have them listed as separate steps. It's at the failure prevention step where, like magic, I start calming down and feeling incredibly secure and loved. Since some of the factors involve trauma, the failure prevention often involves the slow process of healing (with and without the assistance of professionals), and my understanding and forgiveness of those things.

We're learning how to fight well and safely, and I love them so much.
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Cheese curds, eggs, spanakopita, tiropita, melitzanosalata, strawberries, pink lady apples, tomatillo and chile pepper plants -- jimmy nardello, fish, buena malata, and king of the north.

I'm hoping the buena malata is productive so that I can make salsa morada this year.

I'm also thinking about making strawberry preserves of some sort, now that strawberry season is fully upon us. I have recipes for strawberry syrup, strawberry vanilla jam, honey sweetened strawberry jam (would a light or dark honey be best?), strawberry meyer lemon marmalade, quick pickled strawberries, and whole strawberries in vanilla syrup.

And lastly, I was at the library yesterday and looked through a cookbook titled Vintage Cakes -- it has a recipe for Watergate Cake with Impeachment Frosting, so I at least know what to serve if the time comes...

age

May. 20th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Hard to believe I'll be 2^6 years old soon. It's the highest power of two I expect to live to see.

Happy birthday, thorfinn!

May. 20th, 2017 02:09 am
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Happy birthday, thorfinn!

Moving!

May. 18th, 2017 07:43 pm
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
So as I alluded to in passing, I'm moving.

My departure from the Bay Area is May 31st.

The moving pod(s) will be with me from sometime May 26 through sometime May 31st.

I am driving to Tacoma with some of the stuff that's too delicate or otherwise unsuitable to be trusted to a pod. (Alcohol in the trunk. My computer. Stuff I'll need to survive for a week or so without things from the pod. The ancestral tea set from Dad's mom's side of the family, eventually destined for Ev. The box with the paper volumes of my journal.) The drive often takes two days; it's possible that I may accomplish it in one go, though I haven't yet driven it. (I did the Phoenix/SF drive in two days the first time, and one day on the two subsequent trips.)

The plan for Tacoma is:
* some sort of long-term pre-payable hotel for the first ~month, keeping in mind that I'll be off at Open Source Bridge for part of that, too
* two specific call centers to apply to
* look for a ~year lease
* look for a better job

Oh yes, and: see my partner and metamour on a regular basis.

This is earlier than I thought I'd be going, but it was suddenly time.

My world is boxes. Company would be welcome but is not necessary, and the number of sitting surfaces in here is drastically lower than usual.
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I was looking at the list of shows that had been renewed over at [community profile] tv_talk and found it interesting to see a)how many shows there are that I had watched at one point but stopped, b)how many shows there are that I have never, ever heard of despite some been on for numerous seasons, and c)how many times I thought holy crap how is that show still on the air?

I started trying to figure out how many renewed shows I knew/enjoyed/hated/gave up on and decided to come up with a list. (note- it appears to count shows that will be airing a new season this summer as having been renewed since that season is still yet to air although there are some returning shows not on the list so...)

Having watched at least an episode or so and given up/never got into: ABC- Designated Survivor, Once Upon a Time, CBS- MacGyver, FOX- New Girl, NBC- L&O:SVU

Having watched regularly for a bit before sanity prevailed (kidding): ABC - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. AMC- Humans, CBS- The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Elementary (although if this were streaming legally somewhere I'd probably try to catch up), Hawaii 5-0 (I am boggling that it was renewed for an 8th season), NCIS (14th season!! this show WILL NEVER DIE), NCIS:LA, CW- Arrow, Flash, iZombie, Supergirl, Supernatural, Whose Line is it Anyway, FOX- Gotham, Lucifer, the Simpsons, X-Files, HISTORY- Vikings, MTV- Teen Wolf, NCB- Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Shades of Blue, This is Us, NETFLIX- Daredevil, Longmire, SYFY- the Magicians, USA- Mr Robot, Suits. (Shows I know are returning that are not on the list but I watched some of before quitting are Preacher, Cleverman and Shadowhunters)

What I still plan on watching (to one extent or another) come time for new episodes to air: Legends of Tomorrow, Lethal Weapon, Stitchers, Timeless, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, People of Earth (if I can get caught up?) and The Librarians. (Also The Night Shift, if I remember, which isn't on the renewed or cancelled list) To be fair, I'm still vaguely interested in most of CW's shows in a 'I hope the characters have happily ever afters but watching their adventures just got too painful to do every week' kind of way but it would take a lot for me to go back to watching regularly.

Things I'm boggling at:
there's apparently 2 different "The Bachelor" shows that have aired for 26 season between them
AT&T has a network? And makes it's own TV content?
there is a show called 'Superior Donuts' that that aired a whole season that I've never heard of
South Park was renewed for three seasons- 21st, 22nd, and 23rd! WHY?
The Simpsons is still on the air and renewed for 2 more seasons?
35 seasons of Survivor. THIRTY-FIVE
L&O:SVU is still on the air and will have a 19th season. I wonder if they want it to beat out the mothership's amazing 20yr run
Wow, Netflix has a lot of shows (many of which I've never heard of, despite having Netflix. At least Amazon's original shows I could claim I didn't know of because I don't have Prime)
I never even heard of the channel TRUTV, let alone knew it aired original TV
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... I'm all for them getting useful feedback, but eShakti only asked about 2 skirts and 10 dresses this time. Not one thing that I would actually buy in the bunch, especially not the trapeze silhouette dress...

I actually included in the feedback "I have bought one dress and one skirt from you -- EVERYTHING else I've bought has been a top or pants. Ask me about your shirts, jackets, and pants!"

I want to tell them about what I want in shirts, jackets, and pants! I know it's not a major part of their brand, but it's what I actually buy from them!
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