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8/8/16 07:48 pm

This Tumblr post has a photo of Viking graffiti in the Hagia Sophia that says, basically, "Halvdan was here."

A prof told me about this decades ago, but I couldn't remember the name or the location so hadn't tracked it down, until this came across my dash.

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8/7/16 06:33 pm - Wedding bells are ringing!

So, in our last session (which was actually part 1 of a long session I did one weekend), Murderface killed him a dragon, discovered he was the prophesied Dragonborn (whatever that was), learned to Shout, got handed YET ANOTHER stupid quest, and decided to throw it all in and get married.

But first!

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8/4/16 07:46 pm - A momentous moment!

Last time, I promised that Murderface was going to make a momentous decision. He’s been doing a lot of deep thinking.

He’s always out running around Skyrim making money, hardly ever home, because dungeons just don’t loot themselves. He got his family out of Whiterun after overhearing Jarl Asshat’s plans for invasion, but the lakeside manor keeps getting attacked by giants and bandits. He’s on his third horse already, thanks to bandits! (I note that the coachman and the coachman’s horse sit placidly by and never get attacked...Murderface should probably consider what that may mean.)

Housecarl Valdimar’s pretty good at defending the place and Murderface’s daughters are charmingly bloodthirsty, but still there’s only so much one housecarl can do to protect two girls, three chickens, a cow, and a horse when multiple bandits attack. And what of times when Valdimar has to go into town for supplies? And once the girls get a little older, there’s maybe going to be...girl stuff, right? Women’s mysteries? Murderface is pretty sure that there’s a whole world there he’s unfamiliar with and doesn’t understand and maybe he should really outsource that particular education. And finally, he hasn’t been getting a whole lot of action with his current setup, despite trying his best. Women of Skyrim historically haven’t responded well to his signature moves of bumping into them and trapping them against counters, staring at them mutely, jumping up and down on their tables, and reverse-pickpocketing items into their inventories.

So Murderface has finally looked facts squarely in the face, and made what might be the toughest, scariest decision of his life.

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8/3/16 09:47 am

I don't remember who it was that recced Star Nomad (and sequels) to me, but so far (two books and a short story in ) it's really hitting the spot. I don't remember because every time I come across a rec that sounds interesting, I just send the sample to my kindle and, perhaps weeks later, read it and make the decision. Anyway, it's a basic ragtag group thrown together in a starship getting into trouble* sort of book, but that's apparently what I was looking for.*** So if that's what you're looking for, you might also like it.


* I have a vague recollection that something I sent to my Kindle in the recent past had a comparison to Firefly attached to it. It might have been this, but I don't remember for sure, Either way, that wouldn't have made my decision for me because I never got into the show. (GASP! THE HORROR!)**

** There was a time there a few years ago where I had this exact same conversation multiple times with multiple people:

Them: Have you seen Firefly?
Me: I tried it, but it wasn't for me.
Them: Did you watch the pilot?
Me: Yes.
Them: But did you watch the episode that was the real pilot?
Me: Yes. A Firefly fanboy showed it to me and explained why we were watching this episode. I didn't like any of the characters and didn't care about them.
Them: Oh, no, no! The characters change over the course of the show! You just have to keep watching!
Me: I have too many other things I want to do to invest time in watching a show that I don't like starring characters I don't care about on the off chance that I might eventually give a damn.
Them: Oh.
Them: ...
Them: ...
Them: ...
Them: Have you seen Lost?

The end of Lost has, finally, put an end to that particular conversation.

*** okay i have a weakness for supersoldiers in power armor

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8/3/16 08:49 am

Argh, yesterday was one of those days where a horde of tiny little things go wrong just enough to annoy, anger, or frustrate me, but not be, in each of themselves, enough to be terrible. It culminated in my graphics tablet, which has been behaving wonkily for months now, going bad enough that I said the hell with it and ragequit the piece of art I was doing and bought a new tablet from Amazon that, at least, had free one-day shipping. And I went ahead and walked back on my principles because, dammit, although they have the customer service from hell, they make the best tablets. So that was yet another source of frustration.

And all that means that my head is doing twingey things at me because tension headaches are one of my big migraine triggers, so I'm not sure if I'm going to have to leave work and go take meds or not. Bah.

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8/1/16 04:55 pm - Murderface McKenzie: First Class

Right! So it’s been about two weeks since I last posted a Murderface writeup, and that’s because it’s been about two weeks since I played, having been working on other projects. But I have not forgotten Murderface! You won’t escape that easily!

Last time, Murderface did part 1 of a 3-part quest to hunt down the three parts of the legendary Amulet of Galdur, an artifact so powerful associated with a dude so evil that after his death, the amulet was broken into three parts and hidden around Skyrim, guarded by the watchful undead bound to their task forevermore. Murderface figured that it might sell for a few gold.

This time: Murderface goes to school!

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8/1/16 09:27 am - Any BPALers left?

I posted my poll kind of late on Friday so I'm bumping it one more time. I've got a hankering to try all the scents in the latest Limited Edition update, and was wondering if I could scrape up enough interest to go in on it, either for a full set or some of them. If I get one more full-set or 2-3 more part-set people, I think that'll get it within the reach of probability. :) (If you know someone not on my f-list that might be interested that you can vouch for me to them and them to me, that's fine too.)

Details of scents, costs, and polls are on this Dreamwidth post and this Livejournal post.

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7/29/16 04:26 pm - SCREECH

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Osprey nest cam,in which two juveniles and an adult have been screeching all day as I watch.

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7/29/16 09:48 am - Any BPALers left here?

Because the newest Limited Edition Art of the Unicorn perfumes sound great, and I can't find anyone running a decant circle. Is there enough interest here to make one?


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7/28/16 02:59 pm - Yay. Ish.

Got the results of Nefer's culture back: she has, basically, two UTIs, i.e. two different sets of bacteria present in abnormally high numbers. The good news: the antibiotic injection she got is effective for one of them. The bad news: the other one needs an antibiotic that only comes in pills or liquid.

However! We had made the discovery last week that we can give Nefer a (very tiny, very crumbly) anti-nausea pill wrapped up in bread, and she will eat it. So I picked pills, and Toby dropped by the vet on the way home to pick them up. And yes: Nefer will eat an antibiotic pill if it is encapsulated in a squishy bread pill.

So we now have a loaf of bread bought solely for the cat, of the squishiest bread we could find that we could also tolerate if, for example, one of us needed to make a sandwich in an emergency. (i.e., generic wheat balloon bread, but not quite as fluffy and insubstantial as Wonder Bread.)

Nefer is happy that we have started this habit of randomly giving her pieces of bread. Sora is convinced that we are somehow giving her treats and not him, even though we let him sniff the bread and he does not recognize it as food. So he occasionally gets an empty Pill Pocket, because we don't want him to associate Pill Pockets with vets or medicine.

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