Today in "but, what, why" news

Oct. 25th, 2014 12:12 am
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When The Onion produced an article headlined "Experts: Ebola Vaccine At Least 50 White People Away," I thought "wow, that's so true"...in the sense of "wow, that is a piece of grim satire, but it sure does highlight essential truths about global racial dynamics."

Turns out it's "so true" in the sense that we've had an Ebola vaccine that tested as 100% effective in nonhuman primates since 2005.

And if they had promptly moved on to human trials, "researchers said...a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011."

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Oct. 24th, 2014 08:16 pm
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1. Dinner tonight (and no doubt, on several future nights) was lentil soup with sausage, chard, and garlic. This recipe is great in several ways: the ingredients are relatively inexpensive, the prep and cooking are straightforward, and it produces six hearty servings. I don't always find a bowl of soup satisfying on its own for a meal, and often want some bread or salad on the side, but this was plenty filling.

2. Went for a 4.27 mile run after work. It's interesting how running around the neighborhood has changed how I perceive distances. For example, I always think of my preferred grocery store as being a car ride away, but one of my regular routes takes me about 80% of the way there before I reach my usual turnaround point. So I could totally run/walk there if I wanted to, even though I don't usually think of that as a walkable distance for regular errands.

3. Currently reading Clariel by Garth Nix. I don't love it so far, nor do I expect the second half to change my mind, but it's still good to revisit that familiar world.

4. The new raincoat is pretty great. Also, on sale right now if any of you are in the market for such a thing.

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Oct. 24th, 2014 08:15 pm
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Sarah, sitting and putting labels on the 150-odd vials of BPAL I decanted today: "You know, I don't think it was an unreasonable request."

Me, opening 200-some vials that I bought secondhand to sniff them and determine if I like them or not: "What?"

Sarah: "'One of these days I should find a perfume I can wear to work', I said. And here we are, somehow that having turned into 'try everything BPAL has ever made'..."

Me: ...Hello, have you MET ME? YOU KNEW IT WAS ON FIRE WHEN YOU LAID DOWN ON IT.

(She is so very tolerant of the fact that "....that escalated quickly" is my life motto.)
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Not least because they were specifically for Rediscovery reviews.

Current version:

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Authors may point out to me that their qualifying books are now out and while I cannot promise to read said, there will not be a charge if I do.

I reserve the right to break my own rules (except for B because, wow, can authors buying reviews go horribly wrong fast).

Weekend Roundup / Open Thread

Oct. 24th, 2014 07:30 pm
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Posted by Jazmine Hughes

by Jazmine Hughes

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What a week! What a week. What a week. What a week. Let's see: we marched onward with the Halloween Advent Calendar, where we tried on some fancy Halloween costumes, saw some ghosts, made the Beyoncé jack-o-lantern of Williamsburg's dreams, celebrated our inner teen witch, visited a cemetery in every borough of New York, BROUGHT BACK ESTATE JEWELRY, wrote letters to Wednesday Addams, and ran into our old friends, the yogurt ghosts. We also chatted with Sylvia Plath and Katy Perry, saw Dear White People, checked in with Baba Yaga,

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Oct. 24th, 2014 02:44 pm
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Working working working. Decanting decanting decanting. The cooking tv shows I'm watching in the background are making me hungry.

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Oct. 24th, 2014 06:00 pm
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Posted by Georgia Webber

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Georgia Webber is a comics artist living in Toronto, where she is the Comics Editor for carte blanche and the Guest Services Coordinator for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. She is most often making work about her vocal disability. Georgia wants you to consider your voice. See how at georgiasdumbproject.com.

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by Jolie Kerr

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At Halloween, I bought a bunch of decorative gourds and tiny little pumpkins. These things are practically indestructible so I have had them strewn about my kitchen and dining room ever since. One of them started looking a tiny bit suspicious, so I checked them all.

One on my wooden dining room table that looked perfect from the top was totally stuck on with gross pumpkin mold and goo and stuff. So far I've thrown away the rest of the pumpkins and gently scraped off of the worst of the gunk, but there's still some gross stuff on there and a dark stain underneath. It is solid wood so I can sand it off if I have to but I'd rather not resort to that. Help?

Help is on the way! (And hiya, by the way. Long time no clean!)

This is one of those questions that has a bunch of different answers, all of which are fine, if a bit mundane, and then two really out-there answers and so obviously those are the ones I'm gonna start with.

The first out-there solution for you is also the cheapest and most convenient, since you (I hope!) already have it around the house: toothpaste. It should be the white stuff, not the gel stuff, which means that those of you with the gel stuff are excused from the preceding parenthetical as are, maybe, those of you who use baking soda for toothcare purposes. If you do, please don't tell me about it; I respect your personal choices but get the serious heebie jeebies at the thought of a mouthful of baking soda.

The second out-there fix-it is an old favorite of mine — it's the formula for removing white water rings from wood tables and such, but will also work on your pumpkin goo sitch. You're going to make a very weird paste by mixing together softened butter and cigar or cigarette ashes. (I told you it was weird.) Using a soft cloth or rag, apply the paste to the stains in a circular motion and then wipe the mixture off using a clean section of your cloth.

Among the more mundane answers are wood polish (zzzzz), sanding (guuuuuh), and conditioning with carnuba wax (huh?!)

I was helping my boyfriend construct his Halloween costume, which involved spray adhesive-ing faux fur onto pants and a shirt to make the Big Bad Wolf. After said process, I realized that I managed to get some of the spray adhesive on the knee of my favorite corduroys. They've been washed and scrubbed with everything I can think of, and sadly, I think they've been through the drier as well. Is there anything I can do to get it off? It's gunky and grey and makes my tan pants look super gross.

Every time I see the words "they've been through the dryer" when it comes to a stained item I sort of flinch and try to back out of the room unnoticed.

It never works.

So look, I'm gonna level with you: The fact that they've been treated, and then through the dryer, doesn't bode well. But there is one thing that might still save them, and it's not terribly expensive and also has 1,999 other uses so even if it doesn't work on your pants, there's a good chance that it can be used on some future mess you have yet to make.

And what might this miracle product be? It is WD-40! And it will take glue off of fabric. (It will also take tree sap off of fabric, which is a thing a certain portion of you may want to take note of since Christmas, what with its blasted trees, is right around the corner.) To use it, spray a small amount on a rag and blot at the stain. Then rinse the fabric under cold running water and use a bit of liquid soap — hand, dish, laundry — all of those forms of liquid soap will work, to remove the WD-40 residue from the fabric, then launder as usual.

Back here at Hallowe'entide, WD-40 will also help you get pumpkin innards off of carving tools and will help to preserve a carved pumpkin, which you'll be glad of after you've spent hours carving an intricate design to submit to the This Old House Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Yeah, you caught me, I just really wanted an excuse to link to the This Old House Pumpkin Carving Contest. Busted.

My mom was BIG into halloween, like WAY BIG, as in I came home from school on October 1st to a madhouse full of giant black crepe paper cobwebs in every corner, and spooky treats for 31 straight days. Lots of them involved insane amounts of foot coloring, which would invariably get spilled. Bowls full of blood punch, green eyeball salad, the works. The black buttercream frosting was the most dangerous, though, because you had to add so much coloring, and it would stain anything. How should we have dealt with with the smudges of cobweb cupcake and vampire cookie??

Rubbing alcohol is how you should have dealt with those smudges of cobweb cupcake (!) and vampire cookie (!!) — which doesn't help you or your mom now but will hopefully help aspiring Marthas among us.

Rubbing alcohol is always the go-to for food coloring stains, as well as for ink stains. Fun fact: You may see ink-removal instructions that call for the use of hairspray — the reason for that is that many formulas of hairspray use alcohol as one of the primary ingredients, and that's why it works. Newer formulas, though, tend not to use alcohol because it's so drying, so check the ingredient list on the can or bottle to see if it can be used as a stain remover.

To use the rubbing alcohol to blast stains, blot some on to the affected area using a rag or cotton ball, then wipe with a damp cloth, repeating as necessary. For really stubborn stains on fabric, use a foaming upholstery cleaner like Resolve, or bring out the big guns and try some K2r.

An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure so I'll also mention that it's not a bad idea to cover hard surfaces on which food-colored items will sit with a taped-down garbage bag or plastic wrap. If you don't like the look of it, you can always throw a plastic tablecloth over it or some of that decorative spiderweb stuff. Ya know, festive-like.

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Posted by Chris Kopcow

by Chris Kopcow

louie elevator 2In a recent Salon interview, Bob Odenkirk warns aspiring writers to “get out of comedy, because it’s about to collapse.” Sketch comedy, he says, is having its time in the sun now — what with YouTube, Comedy Central’s burgeoning lineup and the legions of theater sketch teams popping up all over — but the market is becoming saturated. What’s next then? He suggests that once the market tires of short sketches, it may turn to more long-form, dramatic material. “I do think that after sketch comes story,” he speculates.

And when you look at the TV landscape, that makes sense. (Plus, Odenkirk’s been ahead of the game for years. Why wouldn’t you listen to him now?) Louie and Girls, two shows that are nominally considered comedies but regularly flirt with drama within their svelte 30-minute timeframes, are setting the tone for many of the new comedies cropping up everywhere. Some of that influence manifests itself in different ways, whether it’s other series copping their surface premise (Maron), their intimate, semi-vérité style (Broad City, Looking) or their personal, insular subject matter (Transparent, Hello Ladies).

But regardless of exactly how each show borrows, the bottom line is that all these series are following Louie and Girls’ lead by digging beneath the obvious elements of comedy to explore the uncomfortable or painful issues that lie beneath any good punchline. In short, they’re acting more like dramas.  So that begs the question: are we entering some new era dominated by that nebulous thing known as the “comedy-drama”?

Well, I’m not sure. Given the proliferation of these comedy-dramas, it sure would seem like it. Yet while we’ve started heading in that direction, I don’t think we’re quite there yet. As influential as Louie or Girls are, it’s not like they are ratings juggernauts or anything. The crossover between fans of Louis C.K.’s standup and his show is surprisingly small. Granted, neither of those shows are trying to court a wide audience, both because of their placement on cable and because their sensibilities can be deliberately alienating, as the many, many, many thinkpieces written about both shows make perfectly clear. What’s just as clear, though, is that writers and network heads are learning from these shows and applying them to their own, possibly more accessible, series.

Now, I’m not suggesting that comedy-dramas will replace typical, jokes-first sitcoms. Those will continue to thrive as they always have and always should. But I do think that, if we’re really going to move forward, we need to embrace a broader idea of what comedies are capable of. If you think that isn’t a big obstacle…well, how many times have you seen someone complain an episode of, say, Parks and Recreation was terrible because it “wasn’t funny enough” when it really just dealt with weightier material or took a breather to develop its characters?

Part of the problem in overcoming that obstacle has to do with the comedy-drama label itself. See, dramas never have to prove they’re dramas. Jesse Pinkman can say “yeah, bitch!” and we all giggle, but we never question if Breaking Bad is moving into sitcom territory. Comedies, on the other hand, don’t have that luxury. They have to remain funny at all times to prove their worth. And if the jokes don’t come fast enough, if two characters spend a scene having a long, laugh-free conversation, or if, God forbid, no one’s sarcastic for 30 seconds, you’ll inspire the wrath of internet commenters just looking to laugh. Do that for a couple episodes, and suddenly you’re a comedy-drama…or at least you’re going to be saddled with that designation on your Wikipedia page. Your perception as a funny comedy is gone, and there goes a lot of your audience with it.

In a sense, that’s a completely understandable reaction. When sitting down to watch TV, not everyone’s looking to be challenged or concerned with serialized character development. A lot of people watch comedies because they want to laugh, period. You’re in a bad mood because your had a tough day in the coal mines or whatever, and you don’t want to see your happy-go-lucky TV friends go all contemplative and dark on you. There’s nothing wrong with that. But that shouldn’t necessarily be grounds to dismiss or avoid a show either. Because they look and move (and, to be fair, are sometimes marketed) like dramas, as soon as something is slapped with the “comedy-drama” label, comedy fans tend to run screaming, when really they are often missing out on some of the best comedy around.

This goes double for shows that operate outside of the normal comedy community, where Paul Rudd or Kumail Nanjiani could be waiting right around the corner with a wink and a cameo. For instance, I always remembered Gilmore Girls being funny, but recently rewatching it since it arrived on Netflix, I was struck by just how funny it is, how rapid-fire its wit and dialogue are, how it tosses off as many odd pop-culture references as MST3K or Community in their respective primes.

And while it’s long been acclaimed as one of the best shows of the 2000s — even showing up on TIME’s Greatest Shows Ever list a few years back — it’s rarely brought up in the context of great comedies. But when it arrived in 2000, what else were most people going to think? It was a series airing on the same channel as 7th Heaven and competing with Friends in the same timeslot. So most comedy fans weren’t flocking to see it then, and it’s still largely thought of as a cutesy drama by the uninitiated. In actuality, though, it was frequently hilarious on top of intelligent and moving, enough so to attract guest and recurring spots from future comedy stars like Nick Offerman, Jane Lynch, Nasim Pedrad, Danny Pudi, Adam Brody, Seth MacFarlane, Max Greenfield and more.

Same goes with Slings & Arrows, the Canadian show about a flagging Shakespeare festival, and that one had an even bigger comic pedigree behind it, starring and co-created by Kids In The Hall and SNL veteran Mark McKinney. Now, it’s understandable that most Americans haven’t seen this show. It only ran on Sundance Channel in the mid-2000s, which may as well have been C-SPAN 2 in 1937. But every time I explain the show to hardened Kids In The Hall fans, I’m usually met with indifference at best, even when the show was fully streamable on Netflix and Amazon (it isn’t right now, but it goes back and forth).

Yeah, the phrase “about a Shakespearean theater” isn’t exactly nectar to a lot of people, and the series does concern itself with Big Themes of mortality and the search for meaning. (Case in point: my sister tried to get me to watch it for a long time, and it took years for it to take. But what happened as soon as I started? I was instantly hooked.) Yet while Slings & Arrows can be complex and deeply sad, it’s also a wickedly funny satire and loving tribute to artists of any stripe, and Paul Gross’ mad genius theater director Geoffrey Tennant is one of television’s great comic creations of the last decade.

Really, Freaks And Geeks is one of the few hour-long comedy-dramas I can think of that has wide acceptance as a standard in the comedy community, and that has a lot to do with the careers its cast and crew went on to have. Because while, sure, NBC didn’t give it the chance it should have, it’s also true that it was cancelled in part because Paul Feig and Judd Apatow refused to tidy up its more tragic and troubling elements, so no one watched it. Now, of course, people can’t believe it was ever cancelled. Who knows what other great comedies you or I are missing right now because they’re a little more subdued and require a bit more effort on our part?

I’m not putting myself above anyone here. I also have a ton of trouble beginning comedy-dramas I’ve read about because it’s so much easier to zip through an episode of a half-hour sitcom, even the really smart, dense ones, than a more languid, hour-long one. Certainly, if you’re looking to laugh, some comedy-dramas like Orange Is The New Black or Transparent are far more drama than comedy, but not all of them are — far from it — and plenty of them are rewarding in different ways than a traditional sitcom.

With any luck, some day we won’t need the comedy-drama label. We’ll learn that when we hear the word “comedy,” we can expect there might be lulls in the comebacks and punchlines, and that clever, light-speed absurdism can sit comfortably beside something more grounded and sobering. Till then, if you think comedies should only occupy themselves with being funny, that’s fine and all, but you’re selling yourself short, and you’re selling comedy short.

Chris Kopcow is a pop culture writer and sketch comedy guy based out of Boston. He recently started linking to his Twitter out of compulsive need.

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by Jazmine Hughes

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Editor's note: You may want to read this and this to get it, but, then again, there's nothing to really get.

Me: Hi, you guys! Thank you so much for coming today! I just got some really great advice from Taylor Swift and Langston Hughes about being 22, but my 23rd birthday is on Saturday, and… I don't know, I just really hate birthdays. So I figured I'd talk to you two, since all of our birthdays are so close together! #TeamScorpio! #TeamSexy! #TeamJealousObsessiveSuspiciousManipulativeAndUnyielding!!!! But anyway, birthdays: I just don't like the attention; I feel like it's undeserved. Am I being crazy?

Katy Perry, bouncily: I heard you're feeling nothing's going right.

Me: It's not that nothing is going right, I just feel silly for making a big deal out of my birthday. People should celebrate things that they do, not just things that happen to them.

Katy Perry, alluringly: Why don't you let me stop by? I hope you got a healthy appetite.

Me: I do. The only gifts I asked for were "various cakes."

Sylvia Plath, in the corner: Measuring the flour, cutting off the surplus.

Me: Well, Sylvia, I'm not making them myself. Come on. We can just call Momofuku ahead of time and reserve! Trouble is they have sooo many options, though. It just depends on what topping I want, I guess. What are you guys in the mood for?

Sylvia Plath, quietly: I would not mind if it were bones.

Me: Sylvia. No. No one would eat that.

Sylvia Plath, aggressively: Can you not give it to me?

Me: No! Sylvia! It's my birthday. Stop trying to make this about you.

Sylvia Plath, reluctantly: I do not mind if it is small.

Me: I AM NOT GETTING YOU A BONE CAKE FOR MY BIRTHDAY.

Sylvia Plath, angrily: I know why you will not give it to me. You are terrified.

Me: Um, yes I am terrified. Do you think the NSA just randomly lost service and didn't hear that??? They'll know if I serve bones to my friends and Facebook acquaintances on my birthday. I am not going to the slammer because you have a weird-ass craving.

Sylvia Plath, tearfully: Do not be mean.

Me: I'm sorry, Sylvia. Let's change the subject: what do you think I should do on the day of my birthday? I just ordered some great sweaters from Ann Taylor Loft, so I'll need a smart, structured event to go along with my new wardrobe.

Katy Perry, cheerily: We should party all night!

Me: Isn't that sort of passè, though? And, like, not totally appropriate for the antique grey heather sweater dress I have picked out for the occasion? I was sort of thinking of a nice night in with some crossword puzzles and a bottle of NyQuil.

Katy Perry, excitedly: Pop your confetti! Pop your Pérignon! It's time to bring out the big balloons!

Me: You really think I own those things?? You think I have a 500 hundred dollar bottle of champagne? Do you want to see my bank account? Like, Katy, I'm turning 23. I'm not a child. I'm poor. I have no time for frivolities. You're being a little insensitive.

Katy Perry, trying to leave the room: If you wanna dance, if you want it all, you know that I'm the girl that you should call.

Me: I'm sorry, Katy. I'm sorry! You and Sylvia had some great ideas, and I'll definitely consider having a bone cake and then dancing all night. I'm actually throwing a party, which I've never really done before. Do either of you have any tips? Katy, you're great at parties. What's something sexy and classy and Ann Taylor LOFT, not Ann Taylor-y that I can do?

Katy Perry, brightening: Let me get you in your birthday suit?

Me: KATY NO

Sylvia Plath, also brightening, in a pale sort of way: Is this the one I am too appear for?

Me: It'd be pretty punk to have a ghost at my birthday, actually. You're totally free to come. Anyway, I guess I'm being selfish, with all our birthdays so close together and me only wanting to talk about mine. It's almost Saturday.

Katy Perry, tunefully: The clock is ticking, running out of time.

Me: You're right, Katy! Maybe I should just not think about it so much and just let it flow, yeah? It's only one day. I can get through it.

Katy Perry, hopefully: I'll make it like your birthday everyday.

Me: That's literally the opposite of what I want, Perry.

Sylvia Plath, wisely: Do not be afraid. You are silver-suited for the occasion.

Me: I don't know what that means but I'm pretty sure that's as good as it gets with you, Sylvia, so thank you. And again, I'm really sorry about insulting you with the bone cake.

Sylvia Plath, sneakily: I will only take it and go aside quietly.

Me: No, dude. I'm still not getting one.

Sylvia Plath, defensively: You will not even hear me opening it! No paper crackle! No falling ribbons!

Me: Bone cakes come with ribbons???

Katy Perry, tauntingly: Give you something good to celebrate.

Me: Katy, WHAT is celebratory about this?! You are just mad because I won't split a bottle of Pérignon with you. ANDRE IS JUST AS GOOD. Sylvia, you've actually been totally unhelpful. Do you have anything to actually say about birthdays?

Sylvia Plath, stonily: If it were death, I would admire the deep gravity of it, its timeless eyes. I would know you were serious. There would be a nobility then, there would be a birthday. And the knife not carve, but enter, pure and clean as the cry of a baby, and the universe slide from my side.

Me: This got dark. I'm going home.

Sylvia Plath, cheerily: My god, what a laugh!

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Oct. 24th, 2014 08:32 am
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I sent Cordelia (and Scott) to soccer practice even though she didn't want to go. She didn't strongly want not to go, and she didn't want to use the time to study for the test and quiz she has today. I don't think she had a bad time at practice. It was kind of cold for it (and I am glad we won't be going to the soccer game on Saturday!).

Cordelia is saying again that she wants to give me her cold in order to get rid of it. I think she knows it doesn't work that way; she just wishes it did. She also says she wants me to get it so that I know how she feels. Apparently, I haven't been sympathetic enough.

I know what the problem is with the next chapter of Rheotaxis, but I have no idea how to fix it. The problem is that nothing I have planned for the chapter advances the plot or develops the characters. It's necessary world building, but it doesn't serve the rest of the story the way that I want it to. I've only got one main character in the chapter, and the story requires that he change, not necessarily in this chapter but eventually. I'm not sure how to make this chapter help toward that end. Maybe I can't and should just focus on interesting world building. This is the payoff for things I've been talking about for chapters, a look at an alien culture (well, cultures, really, if I pull it off).

I'm just not as interested in world building as I am in the characters. This chapter is feeling like a chore, something I have to get through in order to get back to what interests me. I think that skipping it will weaken the story, but skipping it is very tempting. Nagi in the capital city doesn't interest me as much as what Yohji and Omi and Ran (and Crawford and Schuldig) are up to back at the base. But Nagi is a pivot on which the story turns. Developing him further is a good idea, and putting him out of his element ought to do that. It just isn't in what I've written so far.

Daily Happiness

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:32 pm
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We stopped in the cheesecake shop this evening and I got a slice of green tea guava ube cheesecake. *_* It was so good! Green tea cheesecake with chunks of ube in it and a guava glaze on top. It's over $6 for one slice, so it's not somewhere we go often, but I definitely want to try and get that again at some point.

They had a lot of other stuff that sounded really good, too. I wish I could try more of them out! (But right now if I were going to splurge for another piece, I would definitely get more of this than try something else new...)
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WOAH SORRY I sort of fell off the radar for a bit there, haha. IT IS BECAUSE I AM WORKING ON SOMETHING FOR HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR!! It is something that is surprisingly... actually not surprisingly, BUT it is pretty intensive and complicated and thus is taking a while, and while I REALLY WANT TO SHOW YOU WIP SHOTS OF IT i think it'll be better without any warning. heh. hehehehe.

SO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT ON HALLOWEEN which i have no plans made for otherwise, oops. maybe i'll go watch scary movies at someone else's place or something

ANYWAY i said I'd write up a few things so I should really do that before too much time goes by.

Brief trip summary beloww )

What else... oh! I should talk about Dual Destinies since I finished all of that. :B SPOILERS

Again, spoilers! )

anyway in conclusion I really liked Dual Destinies! It was too easy at points and felt pretty hand-holdy, but I really liked like all the characters and all the cases were pretty interesting I think, and there's a lot of fun gameplay additions and stuff that were really neat. The music I don't think particularly stood out, which is a bit of a shame, but what I do remember hearing sounded pretty nice. I should pick up the OST at some point, that reminds me. BUT ANYWAY I REALLY LIKED IT, IF YOU LIKED THE OTHER PW GAMES I WOULD RECOMMEND IT

small victories

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:06 pm
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1. Got renewed driver's license in the mail, and the new picture is acceptable. I had seen the pic on the black and white temp one I got at the licensing office, but it was hard to judge picture quality from that.

2. I still have Italian wedding soup in the freezer.

3. I entered a GoodReads ARC giveaway for the first time ever, and actually was chosen to receive a copy. So apparently I will be getting a galley of Kelly Link's new collection in the mail in the next few weeks. I am usually one of those people who never wins anything, so go figure!
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Some positioned themselves on risers that flanked doors, ready to attack an assailant.
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“There were 15 flags up at caucus and all but two were taken down,” one MP recalled.

“These guys were up there holding these spears ready to impale anyone who came in,” the source said.

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