40 Days of Anime - Day 36

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:52 pm
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
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36: In your opinion, what makes a good anime?

Well, there's the obvious, high-level answer of 'good art and good writing.' The more personal answer...I do like the art to be beautiful, but I also have a loose definition of 'beautiful.' I'm generally more interested in good characters than in a complicated plot, but really I just want the characters to feel real, not cardboard images tossing the Idiot Ball back and forth. Also I am a firm proponent of 'Real does not have to equal Grimdark,' so there's that too.

Finally, though - it comes down to it being the right story at the right time for you. And that's nearly impossible to call ahead of time.
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I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.
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it's the other half's birthday today! he's 26!

still not decided what to do with this journal, i might just use it as an online diary and set up a community thing for my writing/extras like i used to in the LJ days.

some days i get a sense of longing for another life and i'm not sure how to cope with that. my depression is getting worse too but there's nothing that the doctors can do apart from pumping me full of pills. i think it's time to quit drinking.

i'd like to say my writing is going better but my story on wattpad has stalled and i have fifty thousand ideas for other things going around my head. i need to finalise my nanowrimo story plan too, i think i've finally decided which story i'm doing.

is this what a stream of consciousness is? it's quite therapeutic.

things to do today:
- see what he wants to do for his birthday
- search on how to not sound robotic when writing in third person
- get out of fucking bed

Weekly Otherkin Chat 8pm EST Tonight

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:00 am
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Reminder: Weekly #otherkin chat at 8pm EST, in irc://irc.mibbit.net/dreamhart! Webclient here: http://dreamhart.org/chat/

40 Days of Anime - Day 35

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:08 pm
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
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35: Have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

Oh dear lord yes. Several. Some of them with extreme prejudice. Why wouldn't I?

If you want actual reasons, they vary:
* Sometimes a particular character pings me the wrong way - see previous post on characters I hate for two examples. (To be fair, both of those were 'didn't even finish the first episode' reactions, which I don't think technically counts as dropping a series, because I hadn't even properly picked it up.)
* Sometimes I get into a series for X (a character, a plot point, a tonal feel), and then the series stops using X - see RE-KAN, which I burbled about here. Halfway through the season it developed something pretending to be a plot, and lost the sweet fluffiness I loved.
* Sometimes I think a series is going to be one thing, and then I watch a second episode and it's not - or I watch a second episode, and the things that irritated me in the first episode have only gotten worse, while the things I liked have gotten fewer. Example this time is AIRMASTER - bad fight choreography, insufficient girl love, I tapped out.

(And then, of course, there are lots and lots of series that I mean to go back to, but haven't yet. This is why my Crunchyroll queue is so long. :wince:)

+1 Goth level

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:10 am
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I'd been feeling like I wasn't goth enough for a while, but this feeling is gone since this morning.

I had a really weird dream last night in which I was, for some obscure reason, taking part in a baking show presided over/judged by the Raven Queen, the Goddess of Death in Critical Role (and DnD -- but this was definitely a Critical Role thing). Then I blew my fuse because we were supposed to cook with unsalted butter and WHAT KIND OF HERETIC etc. I'm pretty sure I was overdoing it to gum up the works for some reason? But in any case, shouting at the Raven Queen made me level up, so obviously I took that level in Goth, which she thought was hilarious, appropriate and well-deserved.

Clearly I am goth enough. The dream argument I had with a death goddess over baking ingredient says so.


Also, I finally wrote prompts for my yuletide letter. Sorry for the delay to anyone waiting on it.

I'll do the linking in appropriate places tomorrow.

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I don't know what I'm planning on putting here just yet but I no longer want to be on LJ so here I am!

My main blog can be found here: FADEDTULIPS

Other places I can be found:

Goodreads  / Twitter / Wattpad / Last.fm

All the noise, noise, noise

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:35 pm
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I've mentioned before that the property behind my house is a cow field. The cows had calves, as they do, and the calves frolicked through the field, as they do.

A couple of days ago, the farmer separated the cows and the calves, as they do. (Gotta wean the calves, sell them later, that sort of thing.) This particular farmer uses a fence-line weaning process, which is ... pretty much what it sounds like. The cows and calves are being kept apart by just a fence. Which means all those cows can still see and hear the calves.

Which means there has been CONSTANT MOOING for the past two days.

Now, it's less stressful for the calves to get weaned this way - they don't use up a lot of strength or lose excess weight by walking around looking for their dams. But the noise. The calling and calling. Allllll that mooing. Egads.
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purple galaxy cover titled in purple "Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue Hallows" I'm revisiting an older NaNoWriMo project (that one backstory is still canon) and focusing on the Science Fantasy side, Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue: Hallows

Follow the adventures of the ship Hallows, an Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue/Emergency Services Team. A mage named Dani and their ghost husband Emmanuel co-captain the ship Hallows as they recruit their crew and have various adventures.

Backstory

Main Timeline

Crossovers

Demifiction/Miscellany

What I Watched Week #41

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:56 am
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New (to me) TV:

Gotham 1x22 - 2x03
Ghosted 1x02
The Orville 1x05
The Brave 1x03
The Mindy Project 6x05
Lucifer 3x02
The Mick 2x03
Fresh Off the Boat 4x02
Black-ish 4x02
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5x03
Lethal Weapon 2x03
This is Us 2x03
American Housewife 2x03
Speechless 2x03
Kevin (probably) Saves the World 1x02
Superstore 3x03
The Good Place 2x05
Arrow 6x01
Legends of Tomorrow 3x01
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 3x01
Once Upon a Time 7x02
Grey’s Anatomy 14x04
The Gifted 1x02

Re-Watched TV:

Leverage
Community

Movie (re-watched):

Beetlejuice (1988)

Notes:

I’m just not feeling Ghosted. I probably won’t be continuing with that.
I also think I’m done with The Orville, The Brave, The Mick, This is Us, American Housewife, Once Upon a Time and Grey’s Anatomy. Time will tell though. I often try and give up shows and just can’t.
But I’ve been watching way too much TV and I want to get back to reading more again and that means some of these shows have to go.

I was happy with the most recent episode of Once Upon a Time, but happy in a way that makes me feel relieved and able to let the show go. I’m good with how things ended in season 6 and it completes the story that I was most interested in, so I think I’m good now.

I’m loving Kevin (probably) Saves the World. It’s weird that I’m loving it. I wasn’t even planning to give it a chance, so not my kind of show at all, but I’m loving it, so I’ll keep watching. I’m trying to cut down to shows that I really love, that make me feel good, or at least don’t leave me feeling worse. I think This is Us is a great show, but I don’t want to watch it anymore. It stresses me out way too much and leaves me feeling crappy and drained and I feel that way enough without TV, so it’s going.

I loved the season opener for Legends of Tomorrow. Pure crack, totally batshit crazy and they’re embracing it. ♥

This week’s horror/halloween movie was Beetlejuice (borrowed from the library). Another movie I have seen but the daughter has not. She enjoyed it.

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Oct. 14th, 2017 08:35 pm
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Remind me to never again do a game jam during the holidays.

forward to the past

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:57 pm
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My curiosity finally overcame my laziness, and I set myself up with one of the original Pokémon games that everyone was raving about. For the lack of appropriate hardware, I settled for a Gameboy emulator running on Android, because it feels more authentic with the tiny game screen, which looks so annoying on a big desktop monitor. After trying out several apps, I chose My OldBoy CBC Emulator, for its wonderful configurability and the absence of ads in the commercial version. As for the game, it's Pokémon Red. There's a lot of them, but might as well start in the beginning. Fortunately, it's easy to download the ROMS.

Contrary to my expectations, the game is not action/arcade but a turn-based RPG. (So my lousy reflexes are irrelevant.) It looks primitive but cute - the pixel graphics is forever nostalgic, even though I've never been a fan of top-down RPGs. It's not a paragon of storytelling or extraordinary game mechanics, and (like most RPGs) it involves a lot of grinding, but from what I saw so far, the gameplay, simple as it is, is still light years ahead of Pokémon GO. Now I understand what everyone is complaining about ;) At least, PoGo is good for fitness and psychotherapy... other than that, it's dumbed down beyond recognition.

I don't know how long I'll keep playing Pokémon Red - it's sort of addictive, and I have a lot of things I should rather be doing with my time. But it's definitely expanding my horizons and education ;)

Thoughts for a Friday the 13th

Oct. 13th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Five things make a post....

1. The plumber was here. The incident that prompted the call -- the cold-water handle on the bathtub faucet was broken -- was an easy fix. The other thing we've been putting off for years -- the replacement of the kitchen faucet -- took a bit longer. Still, the bill came to "only" $226.

2. Washington Nationals fandom is getting to be a lot like Boston Red Sox fandom: hope followed by heartbreak.

3. Today is "Women Boycott Twitter" day. Not that I use Twitter a whole lot....

4. This weekend I won't be going to Harvest Wars because I had been planning to go away last weekend, and now I need to focus on working on my next feature article due at the end of the month. That article is also why I wasn't planning to go to War of the Wings this year. Hey, at least I went to Pennsic, and my home barony is hosting Fall Crown Tourney just about 10 minutes' drive from my house.

5. Speaking of that feature article, I had a couple of good interviews with sources this week (one just ended). I also did a few other adulting things, such as getting a free flu shot at the county clinic, and some fun things, such as seeing Wolgemut last night at the New Deal Cafe. Actually, this time around the four gentlemen currently making up the band played the longest "soft band" set I've ever heard them play (as opposed to the "loud band," which relies on bagpipes and a rauschpfeife.

Way hey, up she rises

Oct. 13th, 2017 08:00 pm
musyc: Metallicar from Supernatural, captioned "keep calm and carry on my wayward son" (Supernatural: Keep calm)
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So, who nearly died today?

*raises hand*

Yes, that would be me.

There I was, leaving my grandmother's house after wishing her a happy 82nd birthday. Busy minor highway outside the town where she lives. Light turns yellow. Dad has enough time to stop, though it's going to be a bit abrupt.

The semi BARRELING along behind us did NOT have enough time/distance to stop. And he sure as hell wasn't paying attention to this fact.

Thank all your little winged angels that the turn lane to the right was empty, because the semi driver had to haul into that lane. Missed our rear bumper by .... oh, I'd say about three foot. He wouldn't have come to a complete stop until his cab was on the far side of the intersection.

So yeah, I was about a yard away from getting the grille of a semi through my brain this afternoon.

FUN TIMES, AMIRITE?

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Oct. 13th, 2017 07:26 pm
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Am I the only one who, after finishing a book, goes through the Goodreads reviews section and only reads the 1 and 2 star reviews, even for books that I liked? This is sort of exhibit A for "you invite negativity into your own life," but I guess I just find it more interesting and entertaining to read about all the different things people hated about a book than to read effusive praise. If I disliked the book, then I feel validated in my dislike. But it doesn't work the other way; if I liked the book I have no interest in reading the thoughts of other people who liked it.

19/365

Oct. 13th, 2017 09:05 pm
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#19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?

I believe we'll get on just fine, in spite of all the abuse ;) Sometimes (or, let's say, most of the time) I need my ass solidly kicked, and "gentle nudging" is far too inadequate. But wouldn't it be awesome to have someone with the same mentality to hang out with? especially in meatspace? (A long-forgotten luxury...) And think of all the motivational talk... we could do challenges together, and dare each other to do crazy things. Heck, we could play Pokémon together, although he or she would most likely be in team Valor, but it's ok.

I wonder if it's too weird for a diehard introvert to crave for meaningful interaction from the other side of the skull...

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