featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (BISEXUAL FURY!)
I like Torchwood a lot better, now that I have discovered that it's really a dramatization of a really long game of Don't Rest Your Head. We're almost through the first season (I think), and... it's still bad. But now it's bad and funny, which is okay. Doctor Who is bad and funny. But yeah, Don't Rest Your Head.
Some blather that will not make a lot of sense if you are unfamiliar with either Torchwood or Don't Rest Your Head, but that I think is funny, because I'm a big dork. )
More importantly, because of Torchwood, I can now properly pronounce Aberystwyth! I hope they go to Machynlleth soon, or Merthyr Tydfil. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
I like Torchwood a lot better, now that I have discovered that it's really a dramatization of a really long game of Don't Rest Your Head. We're almost through the first season (I think), and... it's still bad. But now it's bad and funny, which is okay. Doctor Who is bad and funny. But yeah, Don't Rest Your Head.
Some blather that will not make a lot of sense if you are unfamiliar with either Torchwood or Don't Rest Your Head, but that I think is funny, because I'm a big dork. )
More importantly, because of Torchwood, I can now properly pronounce Aberystwyth! I hope they go to Machynlleth soon, or Merthyr Tydfil. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Inexplicably good together: Murder Ballad Blackjack.

An old favorite: The Big Stupid Puzzle.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Inexplicably good together: Murder Ballad Blackjack.

An old favorite: The Big Stupid Puzzle.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (old skool gamer)
Added to my DM resume: I problem-solved a story and wrote a published gaming author out of a corner last night. :)

What actually happened: [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] archway for pool and game-doctoring. I suck at pool. On the other hand, I rawk at game writing. We sorted out a huge part of the background story for [livejournal.com profile] archway's World of Darkness game, which I get huge minuses on because a) it's modern, and b) it's World of Darkness, and I don't play either. And yet, sewed up everything neatly and built in some plot hooks for later. And then got my ass handed to me at pool. Because I suck at pool. *grin*

Had some discussion with [livejournal.com profile] archway about the business of writing, as well. And I think it's just about time for me to figure out how to get paid for writing. I think I'm probably good enough at it now. Doesn't have to be gaming writing. It's just that, you know, I'm going to write *anyway*, I might as well get something out of it other than less words in my head.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
Added to my DM resume: I problem-solved a story and wrote a published gaming author out of a corner last night. :)

What actually happened: [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] archway for pool and game-doctoring. I suck at pool. On the other hand, I rawk at game writing. We sorted out a huge part of the background story for [livejournal.com profile] archway's World of Darkness game, which I get huge minuses on because a) it's modern, and b) it's World of Darkness, and I don't play either. And yet, sewed up everything neatly and built in some plot hooks for later. And then got my ass handed to me at pool. Because I suck at pool. *grin*

Had some discussion with [livejournal.com profile] archway about the business of writing, as well. And I think it's just about time for me to figure out how to get paid for writing. I think I'm probably good enough at it now. Doesn't have to be gaming writing. It's just that, you know, I'm going to write *anyway*, I might as well get something out of it other than less words in my head.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (did you have fun?)
[livejournal.com profile] kittenpants was out for the weekend, so [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I (almost) finished up the holiday shopping while she was gone. I learned a thing about [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, which is that he has a certain number of steps alloted to him for each day, and at the end of that magical number of steps, he turns off his filters. Then, he's wandering idly through, say, the mall, going "Yugoloth. Megaloth! ULTRALOTH!!" and suchlike. Why not? Also, we haven't been in a mall in so long that being in the mall was like being in another world altogether from the one we know. I think this happens every time we go shopping, and I just forget. It's not precisely alienation, just a sense of being an ethnologist studying a tribe practically unknown by your own tribe.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants is back now, and we should get to actually spend some time with her after she turns in her Greek final tomorrow. Wish her smooth translations, will ya?

The schedule for this week looks pretty nice, actually. Tonight, finish up Arts and Crafts Time (we're making some clever little things for some people...), tomorrow is Ballapalooza ([livejournal.com profile] zylch and an unknown cast of others are coming over to make booze balls and cookies in our kitchen), Thursday is Date Night (I have some inkling that we might go see The Golden Compass, and Friday we're gaming (there's this thing with this entire village full of werewolves....). That's a whole week in which none of the words are 'meeting'. I'm excited. Are you excited?
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[livejournal.com profile] kittenpants was out for the weekend, so [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I (almost) finished up the holiday shopping while she was gone. I learned a thing about [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, which is that he has a certain number of steps alloted to him for each day, and at the end of that magical number of steps, he turns off his filters. Then, he's wandering idly through, say, the mall, going "Yugoloth. Megaloth! ULTRALOTH!!" and suchlike. Why not? Also, we haven't been in a mall in so long that being in the mall was like being in another world altogether from the one we know. I think this happens every time we go shopping, and I just forget. It's not precisely alienation, just a sense of being an ethnologist studying a tribe practically unknown by your own tribe.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants is back now, and we should get to actually spend some time with her after she turns in her Greek final tomorrow. Wish her smooth translations, will ya?

The schedule for this week looks pretty nice, actually. Tonight, finish up Arts and Crafts Time (we're making some clever little things for some people...), tomorrow is Ballapalooza ([livejournal.com profile] zylch and an unknown cast of others are coming over to make booze balls and cookies in our kitchen), Thursday is Date Night (I have some inkling that we might go see The Golden Compass, and Friday we're gaming (there's this thing with this entire village full of werewolves....). That's a whole week in which none of the words are 'meeting'. I'm excited. Are you excited?
featherynscale: Crow looking intent.  Reads "You've got a shiny" (shiny)
I just wanted to put it out there that Somebody else's partner(s) let them build a tesla gun. On a cordless drill. I'm just saying. (Of course a) they're getting a much smaller spark gap than I'd want, and b) they probably know what they're doing, but hey, it's proof of concept!)

In other news, if anybody out there is dying to buy me a chess set, I want this one. Recycling, for the win. :)
featherynscale: Crow looking intent.  Reads "You've got a shiny" (shiny)
I just wanted to put it out there that Somebody else's partner(s) let them build a tesla gun. On a cordless drill. I'm just saying. (Of course a) they're getting a much smaller spark gap than I'd want, and b) they probably know what they're doing, but hey, it's proof of concept!)

In other news, if anybody out there is dying to buy me a chess set, I want this one. Recycling, for the win. :)
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (moondragon)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42 and I went to dinner and then stopped by Target on the way home to pick up much-needed liquids (those being red wine, windshield de-icer fluid, and Dran-o). While we were there, a side trip led me to discover that Target is carrying ruffly Victorian blouses now. I purchased one immediately. My Victorian Sex-Change Joker costume is complete (bwa ha ha). Well, almost. I still have to pick up some green hair dye. This will be a problem at the office, but for a week, they can bloody well deal.

I'm sort of unclear about what makes me think that "Victorian Sex-Change Joker" is even a valid costume concept. It just popped into my brain the other day and I glommed on to it. Hopefully green hair + Joker facepaint will be sufficient to identify the character without my having to explain it very often. It's not like it ever occurred in the comics, you know. (I think. I will admit to not having read very many Batman comics of the side-story variety... apparently there was a Viking Batman?)

Also, gaming tonight, hooray! [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I need to stop by the store and pick up "bad guys" -- house rules require all enemies to be represented on the map by candy. You kill it, you can eat it.
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Last night, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid, [livejournal.com profile] matchgirl42 and I went to dinner and then stopped by Target on the way home to pick up much-needed liquids (those being red wine, windshield de-icer fluid, and Dran-o). While we were there, a side trip led me to discover that Target is carrying ruffly Victorian blouses now. I purchased one immediately. My Victorian Sex-Change Joker costume is complete (bwa ha ha). Well, almost. I still have to pick up some green hair dye. This will be a problem at the office, but for a week, they can bloody well deal.

I'm sort of unclear about what makes me think that "Victorian Sex-Change Joker" is even a valid costume concept. It just popped into my brain the other day and I glommed on to it. Hopefully green hair + Joker facepaint will be sufficient to identify the character without my having to explain it very often. It's not like it ever occurred in the comics, you know. (I think. I will admit to not having read very many Batman comics of the side-story variety... apparently there was a Viking Batman?)

Also, gaming tonight, hooray! [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I need to stop by the store and pick up "bad guys" -- house rules require all enemies to be represented on the map by candy. You kill it, you can eat it.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (old skool gamer)
Saturday night, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I went out to Balanca's so that she could dance, and I could er... watch her dance, which is plenty of voyeuristic good times. Balanca's is a prime example of how people in the Midwest generally fucking rule. On Saturday, the place was full of punk lesbians, drag queens, elderly heterosexual couples dressed for square dance, black guys in hip-hop shirts, white fratboys and their skinny girlfriends, older gay men, cute indie girls, goths, programmers, rivetheads and cowboys, to name a few. You can pretty much play subculture bingo in this bar, is what I'm saying. And everybody gets along. The music is probably not diverse enough to make the crowd happy (I could have done with a bit less hip-hop, myself -- they are rumored to do industrial night on Thursdays, which is way way more my thing), but the drinks are strong, the bartenders are kind, and it's generally a good time. But that's not the point of the post. The point of the post is that at one point, the DJ spun up Michael Jackson's Thriller. [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I looked at each other, trying to calculate the irony coefficient for this turn of events. And then, two drag kings stepped out onto the floor, and started to do the appropriate choreography, complete with zombie leg-twitching and scary monster posing. The dance floor cleared. They did the whole fucking number. We were duly impressed. The crowd cheered and bought them drinks. It was, in a word, brilliant.

While we're on the subject of 80's nostalgia and unlikely talents, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I were tossing around the idea of running a one-off spoof D&D game based on the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon. You open a box... inside is a shield, a bow, a hat, a cloak... A little bald guy in red robes comes walking out from behind a rock. All the players go "Oh, shit." This was just some idle car amusement this morning (you know how it is, you start talking about gaming, and then you're getting all nostalgic about killing Tiamat) BUT! [livejournal.com profile] triadruid can do a flawless imitation of the unicorn. Now we have to do it, because it is a shame to let a talent like that go unrecognized. :-P
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Saturday night, [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I went out to Balanca's so that she could dance, and I could er... watch her dance, which is plenty of voyeuristic good times. Balanca's is a prime example of how people in the Midwest generally fucking rule. On Saturday, the place was full of punk lesbians, drag queens, elderly heterosexual couples dressed for square dance, black guys in hip-hop shirts, white fratboys and their skinny girlfriends, older gay men, cute indie girls, goths, programmers, rivetheads and cowboys, to name a few. You can pretty much play subculture bingo in this bar, is what I'm saying. And everybody gets along. The music is probably not diverse enough to make the crowd happy (I could have done with a bit less hip-hop, myself -- they are rumored to do industrial night on Thursdays, which is way way more my thing), but the drinks are strong, the bartenders are kind, and it's generally a good time. But that's not the point of the post. The point of the post is that at one point, the DJ spun up Michael Jackson's Thriller. [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and I looked at each other, trying to calculate the irony coefficient for this turn of events. And then, two drag kings stepped out onto the floor, and started to do the appropriate choreography, complete with zombie leg-twitching and scary monster posing. The dance floor cleared. They did the whole fucking number. We were duly impressed. The crowd cheered and bought them drinks. It was, in a word, brilliant.

While we're on the subject of 80's nostalgia and unlikely talents, [livejournal.com profile] triadruid and I were tossing around the idea of running a one-off spoof D&D game based on the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon. You open a box... inside is a shield, a bow, a hat, a cloak... A little bald guy in red robes comes walking out from behind a rock. All the players go "Oh, shit." This was just some idle car amusement this morning (you know how it is, you start talking about gaming, and then you're getting all nostalgic about killing Tiamat) BUT! [livejournal.com profile] triadruid can do a flawless imitation of the unicorn. Now we have to do it, because it is a shame to let a talent like that go unrecognized. :-P
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (did you have fun?)
We spent the weekend in our usual way, which is to say that we did far too many things in far too short a stretch of time. Ah, well. Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] auraseer came into town to visit [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and we all went out to Gaia Games Night and played a lot of Zendo and got busted with booze by the minister of the church we rent from. Ah, well. I think our lease says we can have alcohol in the building. If not, I expect we'll hear about it.

Saturday, we went to Ren Fest and saw ... everyone in the world. :) We also saw the Jolly Rogers doing a dramatic adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid', which was screamingly funny. At one point, [livejournal.com profile] mesniu, who is the evil villainous sea hag (complete with tentacles) does this bit about the mermaid trading her voice for legs, and he's like, "Okay, I'm gonna make a special gesture and it takes your voice away -- this is high-level magic stuff. Okay, you ready? Got your middle pillar all aligned?", and then he whacks the mermaid in the throat. High comedy. We were rolling in the effing aisles. I also picked up a small bag of assorted animal bones for the fell purpose of making a Jagermonster costume for DragonCon. *costuming glee*

Later, we saw S.J. Tucker play a show, which was also screamingly funny, and very impressive. I picked up a t-shirt from her, which reads "Lost Girls Pirate Academy", and which has already proved to be an excellent investment in the practice of bringing the weird to the people. :)

For lo, I wore it yesterday, and at the grocery store, the cashier (in her 60s) read it, and said, "Hey! I want to be in the Lost Girls Pirate Academy! Can I do that?". There was a great moment of weird cheer, because it's never too late to decide not to be a grownup, yes? Which reminds me, soon it will be cool enough for the Pirate v. Ninja Olympics, which will be the subject of another post.
featherynscale: Schmendrick the magician from The Last Unicorn (Default)
We spent the weekend in our usual way, which is to say that we did far too many things in far too short a stretch of time. Ah, well. Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] auraseer came into town to visit [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants and we all went out to Gaia Games Night and played a lot of Zendo and got busted with booze by the minister of the church we rent from. Ah, well. I think our lease says we can have alcohol in the building. If not, I expect we'll hear about it.

Saturday, we went to Ren Fest and saw ... everyone in the world. :) We also saw the Jolly Rogers doing a dramatic adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid', which was screamingly funny. At one point, [livejournal.com profile] mesniu, who is the evil villainous sea hag (complete with tentacles) does this bit about the mermaid trading her voice for legs, and he's like, "Okay, I'm gonna make a special gesture and it takes your voice away -- this is high-level magic stuff. Okay, you ready? Got your middle pillar all aligned?", and then he whacks the mermaid in the throat. High comedy. We were rolling in the effing aisles. I also picked up a small bag of assorted animal bones for the fell purpose of making a Jagermonster costume for DragonCon. *costuming glee*

Later, we saw S.J. Tucker play a show, which was also screamingly funny, and very impressive. I picked up a t-shirt from her, which reads "Lost Girls Pirate Academy", and which has already proved to be an excellent investment in the practice of bringing the weird to the people. :)

For lo, I wore it yesterday, and at the grocery store, the cashier (in her 60s) read it, and said, "Hey! I want to be in the Lost Girls Pirate Academy! Can I do that?". There was a great moment of weird cheer, because it's never too late to decide not to be a grownup, yes? Which reminds me, soon it will be cool enough for the Pirate v. Ninja Olympics, which will be the subject of another post.
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Heh. CLANK!

My Internet crush of the week. :D

I'm experiencing some serious prop envy over here.
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Heh. CLANK!

My Internet crush of the week. :D

I'm experiencing some serious prop envy over here.

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