Some stuff...

Apr. 22nd, 2019 02:10 am
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More editing, but not enough to finish the chunk. Much of the early portion of the day was spent feeling so ungodly sleepy...

Then the computer was whining that it was out of memory, and I had to go and carefully compress some files, one at a time, to try to free up space -- and then it cried that it was out of memory again, and I turned on Activity Monitor, and suddenly, POOF! Memory appeared. >_>

Spouse says it was probably coincidence.

Have moved the speaker out to the car, but not plugged it in or anything. Still, it will hopefully be nice to have something that will be willing to hook up to Bluetooth so I can play stuff from my phone when A: the radio is boring, and B: kid is not playing stuff on their headphones.

Need to edit TWO things, I think. Eeeeg.

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One: I am emphatically NOT fine. Two: YOU CAST HOLD PERSON ON ME!
--Bryn, Hit & Abyss, Episode 8: Words Kill
(It's true; one of the other PCs cast Hold Person on her, and not for that great a reason.)

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Problems with pictures

Apr. 21st, 2019 08:04 am
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Several people seem to be having problems with pictures posted to Dreamwidth coming out too huge, wider than the screen.

My fix for this is to start off with small versions of the pictures, e.g. 800x600, which Flickr etc will readily do.

But if you insist on starting off with something huge the fix is to edit the HTML for the picture insertion and add width="95%". This makes the picture take up 95% of the width of the reader's blog page. It does NOT do anything about file size, loading speed or bandwidth, however, which is why using smaller pictures is a better fix. Or do both, of course!
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I have a vague idea for a doomsday machine for the Harry Potter universe, based on the self-replicating bludgers I used in the last couple of chapters of my story.

I want to work out how long it takes for them to cover the earth given travel at around 60 mph, random paths, and doubling in numbers every few seconds. My feeling is that this ends up working like the destruction of Jupiter in 2010: Odyssey 2 - you get so many that the mass collapses as a black hole - but my maths really isn't good enough; do they spread out and blanket the world first, or does the implosion happen while they're still over the UK? Obviously it depends on things like their mass (20 to 150lb depending on your source), replication rate, etc., and how many times they double before replication errors creep in. Let's assume that it's Voldemort casting the spell and aiming to maximise muggle casualties, so spelled to target cars, trucks, trains, aircraft etc.

Any thoughts?

Not a productive day

Apr. 21st, 2019 01:43 am
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Need to do editing. Need a brain. Need to not get to bed past 6 in the morning.

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* I ran a FOURTH spellcheck.
--Ravenpenny, because I have been editing.

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Did not do the early morning thing

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:06 pm
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When it's 4 in the morning... And the thing is at 8 in the morning (well, would have to get up by then)... No.

Must do more editing. Need to buy another book to squint at.

Need new glasses; should try the ones in the car?

Did you know that if you walk around enough, when you stop, things are no longer able to hold still? Like, I was looking at the front step and it was receding away from me except of course it wasn't, but I had to wait for it to stabilize in spacetime before I wanted to sit on it.

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GM (who cannot find a reference to a magic item): There is an orange furry creature who cast Remove Bookmark, and probably cast Devour Bookmark.
--the Twitch Livefeed of Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets (dunno if it'll make it into the recording).

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Got sleep. Why am I so tired??

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:41 am
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Plus I had to take ibuprofen for a headache which I think was mostly eyestrain. I need to get new glasses. Or see if the other glasses in the car help. Or get one of my eyes replaced with a Borg eyepiece. Bet that'd fix the issues...

Kid wants to get up to go to an 8:30 thing so I need to get to bed.

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GM: I had necrotic damage on the brain -- no, wait, that sounds bad.
--Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets.

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Eastercon coming up

Apr. 19th, 2019 01:32 am
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All - well, mostly - packed, and off to Eastercon tomorrow and over the weekend, and hoping that the tickle in my throat is the result of nice weather and a high pollen count rather than anything else.

My body seems to have got the message that this is a Long Weekend and is trying to relax. I will just have to hope that the convention is fascinating enough to keep me awake. It probably will be. There will be cool people there.
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And/or record turning it on so I can inflict the sound on Twitter, and then link it here to inflict on everyone here as well.

*noms at the mochi ice cream thing* ...yeah, dusting that with flour was NOT tasty, however much it helped things not stick. Ew. I shall have to try to dust these off. *lets the thing thaw more*

Kid had a dr appointment. Doctor was running way late and sort of went ZOOM through the appointment, which is reasonable, and she was trying to be thorough, but not the best pace for Offspring. Still, we got through it. I have to make an appointment for the vaccination that they need.

I have a headache above my right eye and a neck-ache (I believe these are likely to be related), and this is annoying. It is at least not a caffeine withdrawal headache.

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I'm not sure we can set a town on fire... I mean, we can, but we shouldn't. Plus I'm not sure we can; it's raining.
--Bryn. Podcast: "Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets." (I was listening, so this may not be an exact quote.

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No use to me, don't have a 3D printer, but maybe someone is interested? 3D printable dungeon accessories, monsters, etc.

Some of it looks very good, but of course it all depends on the quality of the printer.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 08:17 am
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Watched Avatar: The Last Airbender last night, two episodes.

"The Headband" was fine. Footloose in the Fire Nation, basically. Nice animation, good music, nice strategic use of anime facial conventions.

"The Painted Lady", though... um.


By the end of it I had the impression that Joshua Hamilton, the credited writer, had gotten very drunk, watched Princess Mononoke, and announced, "Miyazaki's a hack! I could do this plot in twenty-two minutes!", and they held him to it.

Wow, that was a crappy episode.
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Continuing my Harry Potter / DC crossover, previous parts on any of these archives:

On Archive of Our Own
On Twisting the Hellmouth

XVIII: Puffskeins, Pumpkins and Potions )

Comments please before I post to archives.
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Oops! Next week. (Tired this week, so understandable.)

I have finished editing that chunk, but I foresee there will be a third go-over at some point, because I have found illogic. There was shouting. There was, in fact, swearing. -_-


I at least got probably around 8 hours of sleep, for a change.

I need to take the New Cheap Speaker out to the car. Where I should probably not leave it on-and-ready-to-be-paired all the time, because someone else might pair up with it and try to blast out rock music at some ungodly hour of the night. >_> This means I will be hearing the nice Chinese voice saying that the Bluetooth Device Is Ready For Pairing a lot, I wager.

Oh, and it's trash night. Time to go sift the litterboxen. Or maybe eat a dinner.

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Two-hundred pairs of eyes on you, waiting for you to frig up, and half your staff can’t tie their shoelaces yet. And if you do make a mistake? You explode. But even worse, you prove to God and everyone else that you really are a worthless fool.

Switching STO night

Apr. 15th, 2019 07:54 pm
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I forgot till just now. Oops!


Got a little $10 buck Bluetooth Speaker in Target (GEMS brand), that charges via USB-to-micro-USB, and therefore I can haul it into the car. It says, when turned on, "Bluetooth Device is ready for pairing." Except it says this in an Asian accent, such that I suspect the poor woman was reading it off a syllable-sheet -- not even English-as-second (or third, etc.) language. It's a bit hard to understand (might even be a computer voice, programmed with syllables?), but I suspect I'd sound the same trying to read syllables... Or worse.

(I say Asian because I really don't know if the accent is Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, or something else. It's got a Made in China tag on it, so probably Chinese? The company is in MN. (

Not a bad sound from it, so pretty useful for $10. Hopefully not full of chinese malware to try to take over my phone. >_>

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Yes, it's a Game of Thrones RPG - I'll add comments later, at the moment I'm working on my iPad which really doesn't like to work with large amounts of text on a Dreamwidth entry...

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In the land of Westeros seasons last for years, not months, and family histories go back thousands of years to the Age of Heroes. Ancestral weapons may be worth more than a lordling's only daughter, and castles may have flown a score of banners in their storied histories. Magic lives mostly in myths and faded dreams. The learned maesters say it died out a lifetime ago, with the last of the dragons, but others say it still exists among the maegi and warlocks of the exotic eastern lands.

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplayingdraws on material from the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance With Dragons to conjure a sweeping epic of war, political power, and survival in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. SIFRP is about Machiavellian court politics, family alliances and enmities, the rise and fall of kingdoms, and the clash of armies, but it is also about honor and duty, love and loss, family, leadership -- about tournaments, murders, conspiracies, prophecies, dreams, war, great victories, and terrible defeats. It's about knights, both false and true -- and it's about dragons.

In SIFRP's Chronicle System, characters have abilities like Cunning, Deception, Fighting, Status, Warfare, and Will. Each is ranked from 1 (Deficient) to 7 (Paragon), representing the number of six-sided dice you roll in task resolution. Specialties add bonus dice, and characters may use Destiny Points to invest in advantages that grant further bonuses. If you know the novels, you won't be surprised that characters can also have Drawbacks, such as Bastard Born, Craven, Dwarf, Eunuch, Inept, Lascivious, Maimed, Reviled, and Supreme Arrogance. Optionally you can use Archetypes like Anointed Knight, Godsworn, Hedge Knight, Maester, or Noble.

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archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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But I was awake, and the offspring was awake, and if we got dressed reasonably quickly, we could go to the lunch place that's only open till 2, so...

Reader, we got to the lunch place. O:>

We then walked around outside for a moderately long time (as the weather was still good, but not so hot that we will have to go back to the gym).

I have posted a bunch of stuff from here to AO3.

Having done taxen, Spouse is watching the Sword Art Online (I think that's the title?) dubbed anime. I can hear him doing so, and the female voice is annoying me somewhat. *sigh* It feels like, often, English voice actresses are trying to hit the Japanese high-pitch genki/kawaii tones, and it really doesn't work well most of the time. (Like, Disney does good dubs...) *claws ears off*


I am very tired. Bed around 6am is blah.

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     It's the Final Battle, with the Host of Heaven against the Hordes of Hell. Michael and Baal step forward, for their fated, destined duel.
     But God stacked the deck a long, long time ago...

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Lack of headaches is much better

Apr. 13th, 2019 08:09 pm
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Chocolate powder lasts a long time, and tastes good in a mug of chai tea + a splash of milk.

Sleep is good. I could have used more.

I've done a lot of walking. Walkwalkwalk. See, a major warm front came by and the garage was 55 F, and outside was in the 70s F. So chilly, walked outside, and BAM, WARMTH. o_o

In a bit, I need to do more editing.

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Player: Is this sword better than what [name] is carrying?
GM: Whatever he's carrying, this sword is better.
--listening to Hit & Abyss Episode 7 Twitchcast

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Apr. 13th, 2019 01:50 pm
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I have a new prizewinner for People Are Looking For That:

An MBTA Police arrest report and a probation record transcript.

I have no idea if this person actually *is* looking for this, or if they are the kind of person who says '$%@$@ the police' in a moment of bad judgment and drops their stuff, but this is going back to the first MBTA police office I see. And if I don't see one soon enough for my liking I'll mail it to the home address on the forms.

But geez, this was on the sidewalk outside a T station. If you're discarding documents, use a trash can, and if you're not, then be more careful.

Headaches suck

Apr. 12th, 2019 11:54 pm
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Most of my day was spent regretting that I didn't drink any caffeine after we got back from the movie. Green tea is not enough to sate my caffeine dependency! So I woke up with a headache, took ibuprofen, got more sleep, still had a headache, and took more ibuprofen and got food AND TEA. So around 12 hours later, I am functional. *sigh*
If you have any books in your home that are:
appropriate for English or Spanish speaking kids
who are the ages of 3 - 17 years old

Go to for the link to where there are more details -- basically, a pediatrician's office has office-books for kids that the kids can take home, and thus they are looking for more.

I think that'll be the quote just now.

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The Captain Marvel Movie Is Good

Apr. 12th, 2019 01:14 am
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I have seen absolutely none of the others, and it was still fun as heck. I cannot make many more comments, except to say there was a cameo from a fellow who, frankly, looked like Clark Kent. But obviously could not be, because, IIRC, Wrong Universe.

(I also love it when someone is going "oh, hey, wait, I can do this? OMG, I can do this! THIS IS AWESOME!" and is chortling around with glee.)

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Korath: [Referring to Earth, by its Kree code number] Ever been to C-53?
Minn-Erva: Once. It's a s***hole.

(...considering they're ultratech-society people, she's not exactly wrong.)

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Apr. 11th, 2019 08:36 am
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Dear ex-pope Benedict/John Ratzinger: shut your goddamned mouth and never open it again.

Link to astonishingly ignorant and blame-deflecting statement from God's Rottweiler about the priestly sexual abuse scandal's cause behind the cut. I despised the man before he became Pope and I despise him now. )

I'm just... I'm gonna leave a relevant comment from C. S. Lewis' The Great Divorce here, Mr. ex-pope.

"That's right. The nearest of those old ones is Napoleon. We know that because two chaps made the journey to see him. They'd started long before I came, of course, but I was there when they came back. About fifteen thousand years of our time it took them. We've picked out the house by now. Just a little pin prick of light and nothing else near it for millions of miles."

"But they got there?"

"That's right. He'd built himself a huge house all in the Empire style-rows of windows flaming with light, though it only shows as a pin prick from where I live."

"Did they see Napoleon?"

"That's right. They went up and looked through one of the windows. Napoleon was there all right."

"What was he doing?"

"Walking up and down-up and down all the time-left-right, left-right-never stopping for a moment. The two chaps watched him for about a year and he never rested. And muttering to himself all the time. 'It was Soult's fault. It was Ney's fault. It was Josephine's fault. It was the fault of the Russians. It was the fault of the English.' Like that all the time. Never stopped for a moment. A little, fat man and he looked kind of tired. But he didn't seem able to stop it."
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