cyrano: (Ahrr)
Spent some time making sure my 7th Sea 2ed downloads are up to date, including reminding myself how unsatisfying reading gaming books in ebook form are. I miss Captain TrueHeart, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, and Padre Calavero. Not enough swashbuckling around here.
cyrano: (TechnoPeasant)
Last night I added The Iron Bull to my party. I can't decide if I'm going to romance him or Sera yet, but I need him on the front lines.
cyrano: (TechnoPeasant)
1. Still more than half tempted to start over with an archer. I can't move while shooting, and I find this irksome. However, I just discovered an ability that reduces cooldown on stuff for every regular shot I take, which makes me feel way better about the pitiful amount of damage my regular attack does. Although I think it only counts for the one school of magic.

2. In DA or ME if you give your NPCs abilities that don't fit in the quicktool bar, will they still use those abilities?

Late Night

Dec. 31st, 2016 03:04 am
cyrano: (Coyote Angel)
I'm lying in bed, not trying to think of nothing at all, when I hear a bump and scrape over my head. Which is not terribly unusual. The squirrels apparently have some sort of small mammal nightclub up there. But then it comes again, and then louder--*thump* *scraaape* I open my eyes and frown in confusion.

"Go home, Santa! You're drunk!"

Thoughts

Dec. 26th, 2016 12:00 pm
cyrano: (Card)
Upon twenty minutes of meditation on the foggy grounds through the warm kitchen's window:

It's ... kinda swirly out there.
cyrano: (WeSaySo)
I want

Enough faithless electors to flip the college to Clinton
trump to do his usual legal barrage of incitements
An injunction to stop the proceedings of the election until the court matter is cleared up
Things get tied up in court for years, like they do with trump
Obama stays president for eternity

A pair of really cute boots

Somebody to run my games for
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
I know it's a beautiful, award winning episode.
But it still pisses me off.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Not as weird as I was expecting. You have some varying tech levels, like in Bunraku or Death Trance, but that can be explained by the imperialist Japanese forces having better tech than the Koreans and Chinese. It's pretty obvious where it draws its roots from, even without the name. It's a twisted game of catch the MacGuffin, with a handful of factions in play. Which was a little confusing at first, but a mandatory part in this sort of film. Light, fun, and a little bit dark. Four wags out of five.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
I now have a new favorite Doctor Strange movie.
I'm surprised I didn't hear more outrage about the casting. Of the... five or six named/powerful sorcerers, only one of them was Asian (in a tradition that seemed pretty steeped in Asian mysticism). At least one of the secret magical bases protecting the planet was in Asia, but all three were in the Northern Hemisphere. It almost feels like somebody set out to tweak noses with this.
I enjoyed this film, the special effects give it four wags out of five, although I am concerned that the power levels displayed in this film will make it difficult to team Strange up with anybody else in the MCU.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Best Doctor Strange movie I've ever seen.
Only Doctor Strange movie I've ever seen.
But hey, Jeffrey Combs.
cyrano: (Kirk Aims to Misbehave)
This was another chewy satisfying ethics/morals episode about what it means to be human.
Do they touch back on this episode when they encounter the Borg again?
cyrano: (Haring DJ)
Album Art
Click through. You know you want to. It's that time of year, and all the cool kids are doing it. Inoculate yourself against boring holiday music!
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
This episode tackles one of the things I found fascinating about Shoujo Kakumei Utena--the character who lives to reflect the desires of others, and how easy it is to accept that this reflection is representative of the core because you badly want it to. And thus indicating that it ended exactly how Picard would want it to end--a strong intelligent woman sacrificing for him, chosing duty first, and leaving him with wistful pleasant memories and the knowledge that he had won her but not having to choose between her and his ship.

Also, every time I see the Enterprise zoom across the screen and see the stars shifting behind it, I have to say "That is not how stars work".
cyrano: (Haring DJ)
I've taken a break from the XLR8R U4EA series of mixes, because my brain has been eaten by the best part of the new Ghostbusters franchise--Jillian Holtzmann. I built it around the Debarge track, for obvious reasons, and the mix has an eighties theme. Which I'm certain will shock those of you familiar with my musical tastes.
cyrano: (Still Flying)
(Early aside: Despite the fact that maybe three people will see my icon here on Dreamwidth, I spend an awful lot of time choosing it.)

Lately things have been more okay. I'm at peace with myself in a way I never have before. I don't have a job, and while that's definitely not ideal, I'm not tearing myself apart about it. I don't feel like I'm a failure as a person. I'm accomplishing things that may at least bring in some income, if not enough to be an actual job. Emotionally, I think I'm maturing. I'm not sure if counseling is helping or not, but I'm still going, I'm still open to the process. I still have depressions, and that's not surprising. I have come to terms with the idea that I'll probably always have them, and I'm working to positively work with them. AmberCon is two-plus weeks away, and I haven't had any of my usual panic over not being ready, and how my games are doomed to be giant pits of not fun and everybody will hate me. I feel on top of it, and my big problem there is being impatient that other people are not as excited as I am and aren't writing back soon enough for my tastes.

And my blood pressure keeps rising. My diet hasn't changed, so I don't think that's it. And I associate rising blood pressure with emotional stress. It's possible that I'm repressing all my emotional turbulence, but I really don't think that's the issue. And this concerns me, because one of the few things I've been able to count on as my body fails me in different ways over the years is that my blood pressure is 'on the higher end of normal'. It saddens me to lose that.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Funny. Magical. Joyful. Also farts. Also Mary Elizabeth Winstead. (:
Four stars.
cyrano: (Bringing Skeksi back)
This morning, possibly in a dream, I figured out why the construction 'cishet' bothers me so much. I understand why we needed to create the term 'cisgendered' to address a description we didn't have a name for, but bundling up two unrelated terms into six letters is reductive and dismissive, and it's a classic case of Othering. People have made it clear that they're offended by the term, and even though we didn't mean the term as an insult, when somebody tells you that you've offended them, you don't get to tell them that you didn't. I've had the label slapped on me because I present as male, and my heterosexuality was inferred by default. Which is what the term promotes, really. And one of the tenets of the SJW community is that heteronormation is harmful to the human race.

So there we are. I think 'cishet' is sexually prejudiced, and even if it costs me a few extra letters to use both words, I can make up the lost ground by spelling 'for' as '4'.
cyrano: (Coyote Rocket)
My friend Jim is going to San Francisco on business, but may have a free day there. He asked me to put together a list of touristy things to do, and I want your input as well, because there's bound to be stuff I miss.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
This film has been on my to-watch list for about ten years. It's about the fine line between super powers and mental illness. I had toyed with this idea as either short fiction or a game, and I thought this would be a comedy version of what I'd been thinking of. It wasn't. And it was occasionally difficult to watch. The film makers treated this with respect, and centered around the potential that people have to do good. Four wags.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Fascinating concept, requires a little suspension. I like that the universal translators *were* working, but it still didn't help. I'm a little disappointed that there's no call back to these aliens later--given their combat abilities against the Federation's flagship, they either have amazing shields or amazing phasers that I bet we'd like to get our hands on.

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