the fangirl returns

May. 24th, 2017 11:57 pm
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Today has pretty much been a full day of looking at the Last Jedi Vanity Fair photos over and over and over (no joke, they are now my desktop background at work).

Sometimes it is nice to just bury yourself in fandom for a day, be excited about some silly movie coming out in a few month, melancholy about an actress who passed away that you never knew rather than focus on the crazy shit going on in the real world, ya know?

Tomorrow is both Geek Pride Day and Towel Day. I have plans.

so long, Imzy

May. 24th, 2017 03:34 pm
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Imzy is shutting down June 23

It's not a big surprise, but I feel like there were so many missteps take here and so much that could have been done to create a stronger community of nicer people.

Oh well. So long, Imzy. We hardly knew ye.

to read later

May. 23rd, 2017 10:37 am
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Just posting these links because they look interesting and I want to read them later but I feel like some of you might be interested in them too.

Transcript of New Orleans' Mayor Landrieus address on Confederate Monuments

Beleaguered tenants of Kushnerville

book thoughts: Born a Crime

May. 22nd, 2017 10:56 pm
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah book cover

Okay, I'm not even close to done with this book yet. I'm listening to it in the car, Trevor Noah reads it, and I'm just a disc in, but I can't tear myself away. It's the kind of audiobook you would sit in the driveway listening to, even after a long day at work.

First, I know this is much better than reading it because Noah can correctly pronounce the different words and phrases from all the different languages spoken in South Africa. I'm not sure what my brain would do when confronted with these phrases in text, probably just skip over them, but listening to Noah say them out loud, with just the right tone and inflection is beautiful, even when the phrase pretty much translates that his Mom is about to smack him upside the head for giving her lip.

Second, once again, I know nothing about apartheid beyond the basic idea of "it was bad and based on racism." To be honest, everything I know about apartheid, I learned from watching District 9. :| Noah not only breaks it all down for me, but he somehow manages to keep a sense of humor about it. As he points out many times, racism is stupid, and once you begin to question it, it begins to crumble. But, yeah, it is horrifying to think that this isn't some 150 year old bit of history that is so far in the past, it ended recently and South Africa is still trying to find a way to recover.

Third, (I'm not sure why I numbered these), listen to this book. Trevor Noah is just a very good speaker and a very smart man. I'm sad that I don't have access to The Daily Show now because I really want to start watching it again. I guess I could find clips on YouTube. But listening to this book, I can see why Jon Stewart saw a kindred spirit - they both come from backgrounds where they were part of an abused people but still found the joy in the world. They are both optimists and realists, somehow at the same time. They have religious backgrounds from parents that grounded them, but they have grown to question some things about organized religion.

Yeah, I'm only one CD into this and I am gushing and I want to tell everyone about it. It's that kind of book. Have you read/listened to any books like that before?

game thoughts: SOMA

May. 21st, 2017 03:02 pm
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Tim bought this game during a STEAM sale a month or so ago and powered through it. He was far braver than me, sitting int he dark with his headphones on. When he finished it, he insisted I play it next so we could discuss it (STEAM has an awesome "family share" system so I can access games he has purchased).

I started the game on April 30th and just finished it up today. It wasn't actually very long, I took a break after the first day, didn't pick it up again for another 12 days, playing an hour here and there when I could find it.

If you like games that focus on storytelling, puzzles, and that are about more than just shooting things, SOMA is for you. It is sci-fi/horror, but nothing as intense as, say, Resident Evil. It is made by a small Swedish studio, Frictional Games, but they didn't need the big budget from someone like EA to create a beautiful game that will stay with you for a long time after you finish it.

Now, you will get spooked. You will get chased. You will jump a few times. There is more actual gameplay here than a Telltale game like Walking Dead, which is more about conversation choices and quick time events. But there is so much story to discover, to put together the pieces of what has happened and what will happen, that you can't stop playing.

Definitely add it to your Steam/PS4 wishlist (not on xbox, boo!) and grab it next time there is a sale. It's not the longest game ever, but you'll be thinking about it after you've stopped playing.

Has anyone else played this? What did you think?

another success

May. 20th, 2017 08:29 pm
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Comic Con at the library went really well! Our numbers were down from last year but not by that much and I think it was more to do with the weather/day than any fault on our part. Made some notes about what I'd tweak for next year but we just keep getting better each year, in my opinion. Here's hoping year 3 is just as much fun!

I was super busy though, so I didn't get to snap many photos. Hoping the library will post more but here's a smattering for your amusement:

Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled

Good times were had! And afterwards, beer was had because OMG YOU TRY HERDING 50 COSPLAYERS INTO PARADE FORMATION WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A MICROPHONE!

busy busy days

May. 19th, 2017 11:21 pm
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Which means I only get a 1 day weekend (I got my other day off Thursday, which feels weird, but whatever, this time of year is madness anyway)

I wished you all lived closer so you could come have fun with me. :D

I'm totally wearing my "Rogue Librarian" shirt. I'm in charge of the costume contest, so that should be fun.

Aaaaand typing that sentence just reminded me I meant to charge the iPad! CRAP!


too little too late

May. 16th, 2017 07:19 pm
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Imzy just launched a "follow" feature for people. I feel bad for them, if they had done this a few weeks ago, before the big LJ fallout, they might have been able to snag more people from LJ. Ah well.

I might go poke around the site again now that this feature exists though. I really don't know the last time I logged on!

13 thoughts on '13 reasons why'

May. 15th, 2017 10:26 pm
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13 Reasons Why Promo Image by Netflix

Warning: spoilers for the entire series and also lots of trigger-y topics, though I'm not going to go into detail

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