Sayers: The Nine Tailors

Sep. 30th, 2016 01:18 pm
starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
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I said when I started reading the Wimsey books that I was reading them explicitly by way of an obituary for the United Kingdom, for whatever it will be post Brexit is not what it was before, which admittedly has probably put a different spin on these books than many people bring to them, but which for me highlights the fact that Sayers is, by the era of MMA and T9T, cropping the action of the books very carefully, in a way that can't help but draw attention to what's going on outside the frame. I imagine her readers didn't need to be reminded, and frankly as a historian and a person with a heart and a brain in 2016 I don't need a reminder either. But by T9T, even for a book that is isolated and insular, things far outside England are shown to be on everyone's minds: Mussolini and the Showa Emperor are name-checked explicitly, and the much-maligned League of Nations is the subject of a running joke between Wimsey and the nameless sluice-gate keeper.

No more water, but fire next time )

Times change, and we with them

Sep. 30th, 2016 08:30 pm
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When I first started publishing chapters in edited volumes, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and the text was created on an Amstrad 512, the author got a small - very small - one off payment.

And then it was, authors got a free copy of the hardback.

Then it became a free copy of the paperback.

Then it became a free downloadable pdf of their own chapter.

I have lately been approached re the republication of a themed journal issue as a book: and contributors do not even get a copy. They can buy one at a 30% discount.

Academic publishing, sigh.


And on the amount of forgetfulness between feminist generations: Welcome to feminism's new gross out frontier.

One is somewhat surprised to see that:

[T]his type of feminism doesn’t look like the iconic polemics of Shulamith Firestone, Naomi Wolf or Germaine Greer. It does not fit the sociological paradigm of Natasha Walter, Ariel Levy or Laurie Penny, all of whom have tackled a classic 20th century feminist subject – objectification – with political panache. And no, it’s not related either to the brainy fiction of Erica Jong or Marilyn French.

Those dainty cerebral damsels name-checked there were Greer, who advocated tasting one's own menstrual blood, Firestone, who described childbirth as 'like shitting a pumpkin', and Jong, who had a certain amount of bodily-fluid stuff going on in Fear of Flying ('brainy fiction'? WOT. NO.).

No, really, it's more like taking that tradition and going even further with it, rather than a radically new departure.

But why is there this constant looking back at former feminist generations as gentler and genteeler than they were?

Scratching an itch

Sep. 30th, 2016 07:53 pm
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The pause in posting here has been caused by Antiyoy. It's a simple turn-based strategy game where you use armies and forts to conquer (and hold) an island made up of hexagons against assorted other players.

A peasant unit can capture undefended land. Combine two of those and you get a spearman, who can conquer land defended by a peasant or a capital city. Add another peasant and you get a knight, who can conquer land defended by spearmen or towers. Add a final peasant and you get a baron, who can conquer knights. But – as with modern business – the latter require 27 times the pay of mere peasants, and if you run out of money all the people in your territory disappear. So you have to have plenty of money-generating land before you can dream of having knights.. and the towers that are proof against anything less are much cheaper.

It's been scratching the Empire: Wargame of the Century itch very happily for the past few days. It looks like I've been playing that for, erm, twenty eight years, and it runs very well on a desktop's DOSBox but doesn't work well on a tablet's one. (There is an Android port of the Empire Deluxe sequel, but it doesn't work very well on a tablet either – both really want a mouse.)

I thought Antiyoy was a polished game, and it turns out that this isn't surprising: it's an utter clone of Slay, which has been around in one form or another since 1989, the year after EWotC.

Fortunately, I've now got through the seventy level 'campaign' and the latest change to the program – starting the one-off games with lots of neutral territory – simply doesn't work well at all. So you might well see some more posts soon…

.. unless there's a sale on the Android port of Slay.

Mirrored from my website's blog, The deranged mad of a brain man.

I fought the Crawl, redux

Sep. 30th, 2016 08:45 pm
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Hooray, won again! 2 from 39 games. I fancied a go at Vine Stalkers with
their clever gimmicks. On the way to this win I had an embarrassing death
in Pandemonium with 5 runes (two Lair branches, Abyssal, Vaults, and Lom
Lobon) - embarrassing both because I had no business trying clever
extra-rune stunts on my second potential win and because I had switched to
Zin (after Vaults:5, Okawaru's wrath is like a gentle shower of warm rain)
and forgot to use Sanctuary.

I lucked out this game by getting the quick blade from a scroll of
acquirement (mind you, I had a few scrolls of acquirement during the game
and also cleared out Elf, so I think the odds of me getting a QB at some
point were good - indeed, I found a second one at some point) and, on
deciding to roll the dice when I had two scrolls of brand weapon, getting
electrocution first try. For much of the game I had a randart dagger I'd
swap to for rElec.

Okawaru's gifts ranged, as usual, from occasionally useful to laughably
bad (as I recall, two -6 bucklers with a stat penalty to boot), but he did
cough up javelins early (I almost never had to throw a tomahawk), boots of
flying, and a crystal plate armour with a juicy set of resistances... and
-Tele. I did use that for a while but decided to go to Depths to try and
make myself a gold dragon armour, which I did using one of the guardians
of the Zot portal (having almost despaired of getting a golden dragon to
leave a corpse).

I got some mileage out of the lightning rod, which I burned my scrolls of
recharging into. I made almost no use of the lamp of fire, etc, but that's
at least partly because I decided to leave Vaults:5 well alone and grab
the abyssal rune instead.

Branch-wise, Snake was pretty straightforward (not as many guardian
serpents as I feared). I was wary of Shoals having been once before and
died, but with boots of flying it proved to be a doddle. Elf:3 took a bit
of thought but of course vine stalkers with 0.3 weapon delay absolutely
excel at mugging enemy spellcasters. I cleared out Crypt (might as well)
without trouble. I needed a couple of cure mutations after the Abyss, but
I had them to spare (besides those on the dump, there's a couple in shops,
I think). Zot:5 was really suspiciously easy: I came around one corner to
find two orbs of fire, two ancient lichen, and various other nuisances,
but other than that I just strolled up to the Orb (squishing Orb Guardians
but, to be honest, they're not that bad) and hit a permanent teleporter.
By good fortune I landed in the explored lobe of the orb vault. The orbrun
was totally uneventful; never even saw a Panlord.

Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup version 0.18.1-50-g88ac8fd (console) character file.

1726610 Damerell the Warrior (level 27, 158/158 HPs)
Began as a Vine Stalker Fighter on Sept 21, 2016.
Was the Champion of Okawaru.
Escaped with the Orb
... and 3 runes on Sept 30, 2016!

The game lasted 11:34:57 (65014 turns).

Damerell the Warrior (Vine Stalker Fighter) Turns: 65014, Time: 11:34:58

Health: 158/158 AC: 41 Str: 18 XL: 27
Magic: 35/35 EV: 9 Int: 10 God: Okawaru [******]
Gold: 2105 SH: 29 Dex: 29 Spells: 2 memorised, 33 levels left

rFire + + . SeeInvis . a - +9 quick blade (elec)
rCold + + + Gourm . W - +6 gold dragon armour
rNeg + . . Faith . B - +2 large shield of Claustrophobia {rPois rC+ MR++ Int+2}
rPois + Spirit + M - +3 helmet of Jigsaw {rF+ Regen+}
rElec + Dismiss . p - +2 cloak {MR+}
rCorr . Reflect + V - +2 pair of gloves {Dex+3}
SustAt . Harm . j - +1 pair of boots {run}
MR +++++ g - +5 amulet of reflection
Stlth .......... X - +3 ring of slaying
Q - ring "Xajeeka" {Fragile rElec rC+ rN+}

@: quick, almost entirely resistant to hostile enchantments, extremely
A: fangs 3, regeneration 3, weak 1, magic shield, antimagic bite, no device heal
3, rot immunity
a: Heroism, Finesse, Renounce Religion
0: Orb of Zot
}: 3/15 runes: serpentine, barnacled, abyssal

You escaped.
You worshipped Okawaru.
Okawaru was exalted by your worship.
You were hungry.

You visited 11 branches of the dungeon, and saw 54 of its levels.
You visited the Abyss 1 time.
You visited 1 bazaar.
You also visited: Bailey, Ice Cave and Volcano.

You collected 7360 gold pieces.
You spent 5255 gold pieces at shops.


Hand Weapons
a - a +9 quick blade of electrocution (weapon)
k - 9 silver javelins
O - 36 poisoned javelins
Y - 24 steel javelins (quivered)
Z - 12 javelins of penetration
e - a +1 pair of boots of flying
j - a +1 pair of boots of running (worn)
p - a +2 cloak of magic resistance (worn)
B - the +2 large shield of Claustrophobia (worn) {rPois rC+ MR++ Int+2}
(You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)

It affects your intelligence (+2).
It protects you from cold.
It protects you from poison.
It affects your resistance to hostile enchantments.
M - the +3 helmet of Jigsaw (worn) {rF+ Regen+}
(You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)

It protects you from fire.
It increases your rate of regeneration.
V - a +2 pair of gloves of dexterity (worn)
W - a +6 gold dragon armour (worn)
i - a +5 rod of shadows (12/12)
(You found it on level 2 of the Abyss)
w - a +9 lightning rod (17/17)
(You bought it in a shop on level 2 of the Orcish Mines)
x - a +5 rod of clouds (15/15)
(You found it on level 8 of the Lair of Beasts)
c - the ring "Jiorch" {SustAt rF+ MR+ MP+9 Int+4}
(You bought it in a shop on level 1 of the Snake Pit)

[ring of sustain attributes]

It sustains your strength, intelligence and dexterity.
It affects your intelligence (+4).
It protects you from fire.
It affects your resistance to hostile enchantments.
It affects your magic capacity (+9).
g - a +5 amulet of reflection (around neck)
C - an uncursed ring of resist corrosion
H - an uncursed ring of see invisible
Q - the ring "Xajeeka" (left hand) {Fragile rElec rC+ rN+}
(You found it on level 3 of the Crypt)

[ring of positive energy]

It protects you from cold.
It insulates you from electricity.
It protects you from negative energy.
It will be destroyed if unequipped.
X - a +3 ring of slaying (right hand)
q - a wand of disintegration (9/24)
T - a wand of digging (10/24)
h - 18 scrolls of teleportation
m - 10 scrolls of magic mapping
n - 4 scrolls of holy word
o - 6 scrolls of fear
s - a scroll of silence
v - 25 scrolls of remove curse
A - 10 scrolls of identify
J - 8 scrolls of blinking
L - 5 scrolls of fog
P - 2 scrolls of summoning
b - 3 potions of flight
l - 3 potions of invisibility
t - 2 potions of cancellation
D - 21 potions of curing
F - 5 potions of might
G - 3 potions of cure mutation
K - 5 potions of haste
S - 2 potions of resistance
d - a legendary deck of summoning {Repulsiveness}
r - a fan of gales
y - a phantom mirror
z - a box of beasts
E - a lamp of fire
R - a stone of tremors
f - 21 bread rations
u - 28 meat rations
I - 44 fruits

* Level 20.6 Fighting
+ Level 16.0 Short Blades
+ Level 14.9 Throwing
+ Level 15.8 Armour
+ Level 10.7 Dodging
* Level 17.1 Shields
+ Level 7.3 Spellcasting
- Level 12.4 Charms
- Level 10.8 Summonings
- Level 13.8 Invocations
+ Level 12.4 Evocations

You had 33 spell levels left.
You knew the following spells:

Your Spells Type Power Failure Level Hunger
a - Aura of Abjuration Summ ####...... 100% 5 ######.
b - Repel Missiles Chrm/Air ###... 100% 2 ##.....

Dungeon Overview and Level Annotations

Dungeon (15/15) Temple (1/1) D:5 Lair (8/8) D:11
Shoals (4/4) Lair:6 Snake (4/4) Lair:4 Slime (0/6) Lair:7
Orc (2/2) D:12 Elf (3/3) Orc:2 Vaults (4/5) D:14
Crypt (3/3) Vaults:3 Tomb (0/3) Crypt:3 Depths (5/5) D:15
Zot (5/5) Depths:5

Nemelex Xobeh
Sif Muna
The Shining One

D:2 * D:5 [ D:6 ? Orc:2 %}[% Shoals:1 [ Snake:1 = Snake:2 (
Snake:4 ?!:} Vaults:3 %[ Vaults:4 ( Depths:1 :

Hell: Depths:1 Depths:2 Depths:3 Depths:4 Depths:5
Abyss: Depths:1 Depths:4
Pandemonium: Depths:1 Depths:3 Depths:5
Ziggurat: Depths:4

D:5 helm of sinv $149
D:6 SoRC
D:11 teleports here
Snake:1 ring here for 819
Snake:4 good potions, scrolls here when have more cash
Orc:2 lightning rod here 1235

Innate Abilities, Weirdness & Mutations

You have razor-sharp teeth.
You regenerate.
When hurt, damage is shared between your health and your magic reserves.
Your bite disrupts and absorbs the magic of your enemies.
Potions and wands cannot restore your health.
You are immune to rotting.
You are weak. (Str -2)

Message History

a club; a goblin corpse
You butcher the goblin corpse.
Things that are here:
a club; 2 chunks of flesh; a goblin skeleton
(D) Dungeon (T) Temple (L) Lair (A) Shoals
(P) Snake Pit (M) Slime Pits (O) Orcish Mines (E) Elven Halls
(V) Vaults (C) Crypt (W) Tomb (U) Depths
(H) Hell (Z) Zot
Where to? (Enter - D:1 @ (x,y), ? - help)
A rat comes into view.
You hit the rat. There is a sudden explosion of sparks!
You kill the rat!
(D) Dungeon (T) Temple (L) Lair (A) Shoals
(P) Snake Pit (M) Slime Pits (O) Orcish Mines (E) Elven Halls
(V) Vaults (C) Crypt (W) Tomb (U) Depths
(H) Hell (Z) Zot
Where to? (Enter - D:1 @ (x,y), ? - help)
You are feeling hungry.
There is a staircase leading out of the dungeon here.
You have escaped!

#.#..........# ##......#
#.##########.# ##.#####
#.# ####### #.#
#.# #.....#### #.#
#.# #..⌠..(..## #.#
#.######.........## #.#
#.....#.....[#....# #.#
#...#..@..# ##..##.#
####.........## #..#
#.#..⌠.....## ##.#
##.#.....##### #.#
##..####### #.# #.#
##.#.###.#####.# #.#
#########.###.......##.# ##.##

There were no monsters in sight!

Vanquished Creatures
Mara (Snake:3)
2 orbs of fire (Zot:5)
2 ancient liches
Sojobo (Depths:4)
Saint Roka (Snake:3)
Vashnia (Snake:2)
A Killer Klown (Zot:5)
Nikola (Depths:1)
the Enchantress (D:15)
6 golden dragons
Jorgrun (Depths:1)
A hellephant (Abyss:2)
An electric golem (Zot:1)
Rupert (Lair:6)
4 tentacled monstrosities
23 Orb Guardians
Asterion (Snake:2)
4 liches
2 deep elf blademasters
A deep elf master archer (Elf:3)
An ancient champion (Crypt:2)
5 tentacled starspawn
2 krakens (Shoals:4)
5 sphinxes
3 shadow dragons
4 storm dragons
10 tengu reavers
A daeva (Abyss:3)
The ghost of Damerell the Slicer, an adept VSFi of Zin (Elf:2)
6 greater nagas
5 fire giants
Ilsuiw (Shoals:4)
3 draconian scorchers
10 frost giants
Wiglaf (Depths:2)
Donald (Snake:2)
11 deep elf sorcerers
An orc warlord (Orc:2)
Aizul (Snake:1)
6 vault wardens
2 draconian shifters
A ghost moth (Zot:4)
2 cacodemons (Abyss:3)
2 iron dragons (Depths:5)
2 draconian zealots
5 curse skulls
Louise (D:15)
A caustic shrike zombie (Depths:1)
4 deep elf elementalists
4 spriggan defenders
4 reapers
20 stone giants
2 vampire knights (Depths:3)
9 ghouls (Crypt:2)
12 ironheart preservers
A caustic shrike skeleton (Depths:1)
A draconian caller (Zot:1)
A war gargoyle (Vaults:4)
14 very ugly things
3 black draconians
5 green draconians
2 salamander stormcallers
2 purple draconians
A yellow draconian (Zot:5)
5 deep elf demonologists
A white draconian (Zot:1)
4 red draconians
Azrael (Snake:2)
2 spark wasps (Depths:3)
3 mottled draconians
8 deep elf annihilators
7 crystal guardians (Elf:3)
4 merfolk javelineers (Shoals:4)
9 eidola
10 deep elf death magi
11 ettins
7 vault guards
7 merfolk impalers
2 quicksilver dragon zombies
5 fire dragons
A mummy priest (Crypt:3)
Fannar (Lair:3)
4 deep elf high priests (Elf:3)
12 jiangshi
15 naga warriors
8 great orbs of eyes
10 hydras
7 ice dragons
13 yaktaur captains
5 rakshasas
13 anacondas
10 entropy weavers
6 merfolk aquamancers
The ghost of Moorlo the Thaumaturge, a journeyman GrEE of Vehumet (D:11)
5 catoblepae
A death knight (Crypt:3)
A spriggan air mage (D:15)
3 alligator snapping turtles
3 centaur warriors
The ghost of ceb the Blocker, a journeyman GrFi of Okawaru (D:11)
23 dancing weapons
17 ogre magi
6 merfolk avatars
A queen ant (Lair:7)
8 deep troll shamans
2 tengu warriors
A hell hog (shapeshifter) (D:14)
Urug (D:10)
6 vampire magi
5 thrashing horrors
17 death yaks
5 deep troll earth magi
An orc high priest (Elf:3)
An iron giant zombie (Crypt:2)
A hellephant zombie (Crypt:2)
3 shock serpents
8 soul eaters
23 naga sharpshooters
3 spriggan berserkers
A titan zombie (Crypt:3)
20 deep elf knights
The ghost of ceb the Blocker, a novice GrFi of Okawaru (Bailey)
4 salamander mystics
A spriggan (Depths:1)
A shadow wraith (Vaults:3)
2 sun demons
5 wretched stars
10 sea snakes
19 skeletal warriors
A storm dragon skeleton (Crypt:3)
4 iron trolls
9 unseen horrors
17 deep trolls
An infernal demonspawn (Depths:1)
A shadow demon (Depths:5)
3 giant orange brains
An anaconda zombie (Crypt:1)
A golden dragon zombie (Crypt:3)
15 deep elf archers
2 flayed ghosts
3 spatial maelstroms
7 hill giants
An obsidian statue (D:14)
12 starcursed masses
A lindwurm (D:14)
16 orc knights
14 naga ritualists
20 phantasmal warriors
17 large abominations
3 wizards
A shadow dragon skeleton (Crypt:2)
14 ironbrand convokers
14 necromancers
8 mana vipers
29 harpies
9 griffons
2 fire giant zombies
4 orc sorcerers
4 stone giant zombies
73 deep elf magi
2 sphinx skeletons (Depths:3)
31 ugly things
12 wolf spiders
A harpy (shapeshifter) (Depths:4)
3 hornets
An oklob plant (Lair:1)
A manticore (shapeshifter) (Vaults:4)
8 cyclopes
10 manticores
15 fauns
18 salamanders
5 moths of wrath
An orb spider (shapeshifter) (Vaults:3)
An iron dragon zombie (Crypt:3)
2 moths of wrath (shapeshifter)
A tengu skeleton (Depths:1)
4 frost giant skeletons
11 sirens
A worldbinder (Abyss:2)
5 sixfirhies
5 centaur zombies
39 black mambas
A salamander (shapeshifter) (Vaults:4)
A hornet (shapeshifter) (D:13)
8 water nymphs
Maurice (D:11)
A fire giant skeleton (Crypt:3)
A smoke demon (Abyss:4)
A guardian serpent (Snake:2)
3 eyes of devastation
An apocalypse crab (Abyss:2)
12 vault sentinels
A dire elephant zombie (Crypt:3)
2 orange demons (Abyss:2)
4 ice statues
2 rust devils (Depths:5)
26 spiny frogs
17 naga magi
2 stone giant skeletons (Crypt:3)
2 molten gargoyles (Volcano)
Joseph (Lair:1)
2 dire elephant skeletons (Crypt:3)
A spiny frog (shapeshifter) (D:14)
A rime drake (Lair:7)
An efreet (D:13)
12 freezing wraiths
A komodo dragon (shapeshifter) (Elf:3)
A demonic crawler (Abyss:3)
2 ice devils
7 komodo dragons
3 kobold demonologists
A yaktaur (shapeshifter) (Vaults:3)
28 yaktaurs
A queen ant zombie (Crypt:1)
A rime drake (shapeshifter) (D:15)
16 hellwings
A guardian mummy (Crypt:3)
2 tengu conjurers (Depths:3)
5 ancient zymes
A grey draconian skeleton (Crypt:2)
23 merfolk
An iron troll skeleton (Crypt:2)
9 trolls
2 wind drakes
4 polar bears
6 jumping spiders
23 two-headed ogres
A fire dragon zombie (Crypt:3)
Prince Ribbit (D:5)
A harpy skeleton (Crypt:3)
14 raiju
3 ettin zombies
5 boulder beetles
A bog body (Crypt:2)
9 snapping turtles
2 stone giant simulacra
17 blink frogs
The ghost of ceb the Skirmisher, an amateur GrFi (D:6)
2 frost giant simulacra
2 ice dragon zombies
38 redbacks
24 slime creatures
2 black mamba zombies (Crypt:3)
9 flying skulls (Crypt:1)
2 ice dragon skeletons (Depths:1)
A redback (shapeshifter) (Elf:2)
4 air elementals
An ettin skeleton (Abyss:4)
A spriggan (shapeshifter) (Depths:2)
Eustachio (D:4)
4 shadows
10 small abominations
4 fire bats (Depths:4)
2 tarantellas
A vampire (D:12)
6 wraiths
3 wyverns
A wyvern (shapeshifter) (Elf:2)
52 yaks
2 alligator skeletons
4 ynoxinuls
9 fire elementals
4 neqoxecs
2 golden eyes (shapeshifter)
27 water elementals
A hippogriff (shapeshifter) (Depths:2)
5 basilisks
6 chaos spawn
23 hippogriffs
3 hungry ghosts
An elf skeleton (Depths:3)
Grum (Lair:1)
15 vampire mosquitoes
A yaktaur simulacrum (Vaults:2)
36 nagas
3 spatial vortices (Abyss:2)
2 merfolk zombies
5 soldier ants (Lair:7)
2 hell hounds (shapeshifter)
4 wargs
6 mottled dragons
A putrid demonspawn zombie (Crypt:1)
14 water moccasins
A soldier ant (shapeshifter) (Vaults:2)
A spiny frog zombie (Crypt:3)
A giant eyeball (Abyss:4)
2 hell hounds (Snake:2)
14 porcupines
Purgy (D:4)
67 orc warriors
2 wasps
7 sky beasts
An eye of draining (shapeshifter) (Vaults:4)
2 eyes of draining
29 ice beasts
An ettin simulacrum (Vaults:1)
4 necrophages (Crypt:2)
A black bear (D:13)
53 ogres
5 phantoms
A boggart (Depths:4)
14 wolves
23 centaurs
An anubis guard skeleton (Crypt:1)
A swamp dragon skeleton (Crypt:3)
14 crocodiles
7 big kobolds
33 giant frogs
Blork the orc (D:4)
7 earth elementals
A yaktaur skeleton (Crypt:1)
A glowing shapeshifter simulacrum (Vaults:1)
A wyvern zombie (D:12)
5 scorpions
12 wyvern skeletons (Crypt:3)
A hippogriff zombie (Crypt:2)
A warg zombie (Crypt:1)
10 wights
2 vampire bats (D:9)
6 howler monkeys
20 crimson imps
3 quasits
A giant frog zombie (D:12)
2 lava snakes (Volcano)
7 hounds
3 centaur skeletons
20 orc priests
8 jellies
19 orc wizards
3 iron imps
5 giant frog skeletons
6 iguanas
A porcupine zombie (Crypt:1)
2 hell rats (Lair:4)
23 worker ants
A sheep (shapeshifter) (Depths:1)
9 sheep
A deep dwarf skeleton (Crypt:2)
A hound skeleton (D:10)
2 mummies (Crypt:3)
2 worker ant zombies (D:10)
8 gnolls
12 adders
39 river rats
2 shadow imps
8 white imps
4 ufetubi
11 oozes (Lair:1)
An adder zombie (D:5)
2 adder skeletons
6 giant geckos
139 orcs
A bat skeleton (D:9)
4 bat zombies (D:9)
5 giant cockroaches
9 goblins
11 hobgoblins
6 jackals
3 quokkas
8 bats
A giant gecko zombie (D:8)
7 giant newts
25 kobolds
An orc skeleton (Crypt:3)
A quokka skeleton (D:5)
11 rats
A fire vortex (Depths:4)
3 fungi
6 plants
4 starspawn tentacles (Abyss:3)
3 tentacles (Shoals:4)
2 withered plants (Crypt:3)
2582 creatures vanquished.

Vanquished Creatures (others)
An ancient lich (Zot:5)
Boris (Depths:5)
A deep elf master archer (Elf:3)
4 yaktaur captains
A satyr (Shoals:4)
2 naga sharpshooters (Snake:4)
5 deep elf archers
4 fauns
2 cyclopes
4 ugly things (D:14)
10 yaktaurs
A redback (Depths:2)
A vampire mosquito (Vaults:3)
An ogre (Vaults:4)
23 fungi
7 lost souls
A lurking horror (Abyss:3)
19 plants
13 starspawn tentacles
113 starspawn tentacle segments
8 tentacles (Shoals:4)
73 tentacle segments (Shoals:4)
10 withered plants (Crypt:3)
305 creatures vanquished.

Grand Total: 2887 creatures vanquished

Turn | Place | Note
0 | D:1 | Damerell the Vine Stalker Fighter began the quest for the Orb.
0 | D:1 | Reached XP level 1. HP: 11/11 MP: 2/2
554 | D:1 | Reached XP level 2. HP: 11/16 MP: 1/3
696 | D:2 | Found an opulent altar of Gozag.
704 | D:2 | Found Gozag's Platinum Reserve.
917 | D:2 | Found a faded altar to an unknown god.
949 | D:2 | Reached skill level 3 in Fighting
1081 | D:2 | Reached XP level 3. HP: 20/20 MP: 4/4
1404 | D:3 | Reached XP level 4. HP: 7/24 MP: 1/5
1585 | D:3 | Reached skill level 1 in Throwing
1626 | D:3 | Reached XP level 5. HP: 24/28 MP: 6/6
1697 | D:3 | Found a white marble altar of Elyvilon.
2383 | D:4 | Noticed Purgy
2408 | D:4 | Killed Purgy
2408 | D:4 | Gained mutation: You heal very quickly. [Vine Stalker growth]
2408 | D:4 | Reached XP level 6. HP: 24/32 MP: 7/7
2769 | D:4 | Noticed Blork the orc
2779 | D:4 | Killed Blork the orc
2866 | D:4 | Noticed a phantom
2905 | D:4 | Killed a phantom
2905 | D:4 | Reached XP level 7. HP: 32/37 MP: 8/8
2932 | D:4 | Noticed Eustachio
2954 | D:4 | Killed Eustachio
2954 | D:4 | Reached skill level 4 in Fighting
3203 | D:5 | Entered Level 5 of the Dungeon
3408 | D:5 | Gained mutation: You have razor-sharp teeth. [Vine Stalker growth]
3408 | D:5 | Reached XP level 8. HP: 17/42 MP: 9/9
3419 | D:5 | Reached skill level 5 in Short Blades
3428 | D:5 | Noticed Prince Ribbit
3461 | D:5 | Killed Prince Ribbit
3558 | D:5 | Found a basalt altar of Yredelemnul.
3580 | D:5 | Found a staircase to the Ecumenical Temple.
3587 | Temple | Entered the Ecumenical Temple
3672 | Temple | Became a worshipper of Warmaster Okawaru
3776 | D:5 | Reached skill level 5 in Fighting
3776 | D:5 | Reached XP level 9. HP: 47/47 MP: 10/10
3789 | D:5 | Found Zuodonwu's Armour Shop.
3832 | D:5 | Bought a +2 cloak of poison resistance for 240 gold pieces
3911 | D:5 | Reached skill level 5 in Shields
3914 | D:5 | Found a snail-covered altar of Cheibriados.
4236 | D:6 | Found Geguf's Magic Scroll Shoppe.
4268 | D:6 | Bought a scroll of identify for 24 gold pieces
4268 | D:6 | Bought a scroll of identify for 24 gold pieces
4268 | D:6 | Bought a scroll of identify for 24 gold pieces
4406 | D:6 | Noticed a moth of wrath
4409 | D:6 | Found a bloodstained altar of Trog.
4926 | D:7 | Identified a scroll of acquirement
4974 | D:7 | Reached * piety under Okawaru
5367 | D:7 | Found a burning altar of Makhleb.
5368 | D:7 | Found a shimmering altar of Xom.
5545 | D:8 | Reached skill level 5 in Armour
5705 | D:8 | Reached ** piety under Okawaru
6127 | D:9 | Found a blossoming altar of Fedhas.
6127 | D:9 | Found a glowing golden altar of the Shining One.
6150 | D:9 | Found a radiant altar of Vehumet.
6218 | D:9 | Reached XP level 10. HP: 53/53 MP: 11/11
6272 | D:9 | Reached skill level 5 in Throwing
6572 | D:9 | Reached skill level 6 in Fighting
6594 | D:9 | Found an ancient bone altar of Kikubaaqudgha.
6714 | D:9 | Reached *** piety under Okawaru
6966 | D:10 | Entered Level 10 of the Dungeon
7151 | D:5 | Bought a +0 helmet of see invisible for 149 gold pieces
7260 | D:10 | Noticed a hill giant
7295 | D:10 | Reached **** piety under Okawaru
7338 | D:10 | Reached skill level 1 in Invocations
7350 | D:10 | Killed a hill giant
7350 | D:10 | Reached skill level 7 in Fighting
7350 | D:10 | Reached XP level 11. HP: 37/58 MP: 11/13
7674 | D:10 | Got a steaming dagger
7675 | D:10 | Identified the +2 dagger "Conservator" {venom, rElec rF+ MR+ Int-4} (You found it on level 10 of the Dungeon)
7718 | D:10 | Reached ***** piety under Okawaru
7785 | D:10 | Noticed Urug
7828 | D:10 | Killed Urug
7828 | D:10 | Received a gift from Okawaru
7913 | D:10 | Found a blossoming altar of Fedhas.
8172 | D:11 | Noticed Maurice
8196 | D:11 | Killed Maurice
8200 | D:11 | Received a gift from Okawaru
8221 | D:11 | Found a staircase to the Lair.
8248 | D:11 | Noticed Moorlo's ghost (journeyman GrEE)
8300 | D:11 | Killed Moorlo's ghost
8331 | D:11 | Noticed ceb's ghost (journeyman GrFi)
8421 | D:11 | Killed ceb's ghost
8421 | D:11 | Reached skill level 8 in Fighting
8450 | Lair:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Lair of Beasts
8506 | Lair:1 | Noticed Grum
8591 | Lair:1 | Killed Grum
8639 | Lair:1 | Noticed Joseph
8667 | Lair:1 | Killed Joseph
8702 | Lair:1 | Noticed an ice dragon
8733 | Lair:1 | Gained mutation: You regenerate. [Vine Stalker growth]
8733 | Lair:1 | Reached XP level 12. HP: 65/65 MP: 15/15
8833 | Lair:1 | Killed an ice dragon
9050 | Lair:1 | Noticed a six-headed hydra
9072 | Lair:1 | Killed a six-headed hydra
9162 | Lair:1 | Noticed an eight-headed hydra
9186 | Lair:1 | Killed an eight-headed hydra
9186 | Lair:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
9576 | Lair:1 | Reached skill level 9 in Fighting
10207 | Lair:2 | Found a radiant altar of Vehumet.
10362 | Lair:2 | Noticed an eight-headed hydra
10375 | Lair:2 | Killed an eight-headed hydra
10375 | Lair:2 | Reached skill level 5 in Invocations
10642 | Lair:3 | Reached ****** piety under Okawaru
10685 | Lair:3 | Noticed a catoblepas
10708 | Lair:3 | Killed a catoblepas
10708 | Lair:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
10708 | Lair:3 | Reached XP level 13. HP: 49/70 MP: 17/17
11183 | Lair:3 | Got a fine robe
11196 | Lair:3 | Identified the +2 robe of the Moneychanger {rElec rC+ Int+4 Dex+6} (You found it on level 3 of the Lair of Beasts)
11347 | Lair:3 | Noticed Fannar
11373 | Lair:3 | Killed Fannar
11373 | Lair:3 | Reached skill level 10 in Fighting
11373 | Lair:3 | Reached skill level 10 in Short Blades
11952 | Lair:4 | Found a frozen archway.
11999 | IceCv | Entered an ice cave
12291 | Lair:4 | Found a staircase to the Snake Pit.
12431 | Lair:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
12536 | Lair:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
12645 | Lair:4 | Reached XP level 14. HP: 72/77 MP: 17/19
13387 | Lair:5 | Reached skill level 10 in Armour
13961 | Lair:6 | Noticed Rupert
13987 | Lair:6 | Killed Rupert
14025 | Lair:6 | Reached skill level 11 in Fighting
14083 | Lair:6 | Found a dark tunnel.
14093 | Volcano | Entered a volcano
14208 | Volcano | Found a bloodstained altar of Trog.
15215 | D:6 | Noticed ceb's ghost (amateur GrFi)
15225 | D:6 | Killed ceb's ghost
15249 | D:6 | Bought a scroll of identify for 24 gold pieces
15249 | D:6 | Bought a scroll of identify for 24 gold pieces
15553 | Lair:6 | Found a staircase to the Shoals.
15574 | Lair:6 | Received a gift from Okawaru
16185 | Lair:7 | Received a gift from Okawaru
16190 | Lair:7 | Got a crystal short sword {god gift}
16191 | Lair:7 | Identified the +5 short sword of the Little People {flame, *Confuse Dex+5} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 7 of the Lair of Beasts)
16640 | Lair:7 | Found a viscous altar of Jiyva.
16640 | Lair:7 | Found a staircase to the Slime Pits.
17126 | Lair:8 | Entered Level 8 of the Lair of Beasts
17328 | Lair:8 | Received a gift from Okawaru
17328 | Lair:8 | Reached XP level 15. HP: 80/84 MP: 21/21
17343 | Lair:8 | Got a polished lajatang {god gift}
17784 | Lair:8 | Received a gift from Okawaru
17790 | Lair:8 | Got a faintly humming chain mail {god gift}
17809 | Lair:8 | Identified the +1 chain mail of Honour {rF- rCorr Str+6 Stlth+} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 8 of the Lair of Beasts)
17880 | Lair:8 | Reached skill level 12 in Fighting
17980 | Lair:8 | Identified a +4 rod of clouds (14/14) (You found it on level 8 of the Lair of Beasts)
19654 | D:12 | Reached skill level 1 in Evocations
19774 | D:12 | Found a staircase to the Orcish Mines.
20131 | D:12 | Reached skill level 10 in Shields
20311 | Orc:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Orcish Mines
20755 | Orc:2 | Entered Level 2 of the Orcish Mines
20920 | Orc:2 | Found a staircase to the Elven Halls.
21249 | Orc:2 | Found Askaul's Armour Boutique.
21249 | Orc:2 | Found Dead Kuh's Gadget Shoppe.
21249 | Orc:2 | Found Pues's Food Emporium.
21342 | Orc:2 | Found Japtoyv's Food Shop.
21592 | Orc:2 | Noticed an orc warlord
21687 | Orc:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
21738 | Orc:2 | Killed an orc warlord
22050 | Orc:2 | Bought a +4 lightning rod (10/10) for 1235 gold pieces
22211 | D:13 | Received a gift from Okawaru
22231 | D:13 | Reached XP level 16. HP: 87/90 MP: 23/23
22485 | D:13 | Found a burning altar of Makhleb.
23044 | D:14 | Got a faintly humming leather armour
23051 | D:14 | Got a polished rapier
23127 | D:14 | Found a gate to the Vaults.
23257 | D:14 | Found a flagged portal.
23269 | D:14 | Identified the +5 rapier "Olic" {pain, Str+3} (You found it on level 14 of the Dungeon)
23282 | D:14 | Identified the cursed +0 leather armour of the Comet {rN+ Regen+ rCorr Int-2} (You found it on level 14 of the Dungeon)
23299 | Bailey | Entered a bailey
23328 | Bailey | Noticed ceb's ghost (novice GrFi)
23366 | Bailey | Killed ceb's ghost
23840 | D:14 | Found a glowing silver altar of Zin.
23897 | D:14 | Received a gift from Okawaru
23898 | D:14 | Got a translucent flail {god gift}
23899 | D:14 | Identified the +7 flail "Zyumont" {crush, MP+9 Int+3} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 14 of the Dungeon)
23980 | D:14 | Reached skill level 10 in Throwing
24321 | D:14 | Found a sparkling altar of Nemelex Xobeh.
24496 | D:15 | Entered Level 15 of the Dungeon
24504 | D:15 | Noticed Louise
24529 | D:15 | Reached skill level 13 in Fighting
24568 | D:15 | Killed Louise
24679 | D:15 | Found a shattered altar of Ashenzari.
25096 | D:15 | Found a staircase to the Depths.
25607 | Elf:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Elven Halls
25687 | Elf:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
25914 | Elf:1 | Reached XP level 17. HP: 95/95 MP: 25/25
26053 | Elf:1 | Identified Sif Muna's Almanac of Calling
26067 | Elf:1 | Learned a level 5 spell: Aura of Abjuration
26370 | Elf:1 | Identified Naxelip's Incunabulum of Fire and Air
26470 | Elf:1 | Reached skill level 1 in Summonings
26503 | Elf:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
26864 | Elf:2 | Reached skill level 1 in Dodging
26898 | Elf:2 | Found a huge runed gate.
26898 | Elf:2 | Found a huge runed gate.
26899 | Elf:2 | Found a huge runed gate.
26900 | Elf:2 | Found a huge runed gate.
26900 | Elf:2 | Found a huge runed gate.
27041 | Elf:2 | Reached skill level 5 in Evocations
27619 | Elf:2 | Noticed Damerell's ghost (adept VSFi)
27639 | Elf:2 | Killed Damerell's ghost
27920 | Elf:2 | Reached skill level 10 in Invocations
27998 | Elf:2 | Noticed a deep elf blademaster
28026 | Elf:2 | Killed a deep elf blademaster
28059 | Elf:2 | Received a gift from Okawaru
28099 | Elf:2 | Reached skill level 14 in Fighting
28532 | Snake:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Snake Pit
28540 | Snake:1 | Reached XP level 18. HP: 102/102 MP: 26/26
29205 | Snake:1 | Found Cukony's Jewellery Emporium.
29206 | Snake:1 | Noticed Aizul
29236 | Snake:1 | Killed Aizul
29245 | Snake:1 | Bought the ring "Jiorch" {SustAt rF+ MR+ MP+9 Int+4} for 591 gold pieces
29245 | Snake:1 | Bought a +3 amulet of reflection for 325 gold pieces
29339 | Snake:2 | Noticed Donald
29365 | Snake:2 | Killed Donald
29881 | Snake:2 | Noticed Vashnia
29903 | Snake:2 | Killed Vashnia
30055 | Snake:2 | Received a gift from Okawaru
30122 | Snake:2 | Noticed Asterion
30142 | Snake:2 | Killed Asterion
30456 | Snake:2 | Received a gift from Okawaru
30648 | Snake:2 | Found Deney's Weapon Boutique.
30763 | Snake:2 | Noticed Azrael
30785 | Snake:2 | Killed Azrael
30977 | Snake:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
31231 | Snake:3 | Noticed Saint Roka
31294 | Snake:3 | Killed Saint Roka
31294 | Snake:3 | Reached skill level 5 in Summonings
31360 | Snake:3 | Reached XP level 19. HP: 91/107 MP: 27/27
31732 | Snake:3 | Noticed Mara
31811 | Snake:3 | Killed Mara
31811 | Snake:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
31811 | Snake:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
31812 | Snake:3 | Got a spiked crystal plate armour {god gift}
31830 | Snake:3 | Identified the +0 crystal plate armour of Okawaru's Envy {-Tele rF+ rC++ rCorr} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 3 of the Snake Pit)
32505 | Snake:4 | Entered Level 4 of the Snake Pit
32505 | Snake:4 | Found Wesin's Book Shoppe.
32696 | Snake:4 | Found Biatur's Gadget Emporium.
32953 | Snake:4 | Reached skill level 15 in Fighting
33142 | Snake:4 | Got a serpentine rune of Zot
33303 | Snake:4 | Got a scorched morningstar
33304 | Snake:4 | Identified the +7 morningstar "Vedem" {crush, rN+ MP+9 Int+2 Dex+3} (You found it on level 4 of the Snake Pit)
33391 | Snake:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
33476 | Snake:4 | Reached skill level 5 in Dodging
33510 | Snake:4 | Found Haoh's Magic Scroll Shop.
33765 | Snake:4 | Found Oklibic's Distillery.
34641 | Elf:3 | Entered Level 3 of the Elven Halls
35176 | Elf:3 | Reached XP level 20. HP: 80/113 MP: 29/29
35223 | Elf:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
35298 | Elf:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
35563 | Elf:3 | Identified a +0 pair of boots of running (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
35687 | Elf:3 | Got a pitted steel ring
35776 | Elf:3 | Reached skill level 1 in Spellcasting
35823 | Elf:3 | Got a faintly glowing chain mail
35824 | Elf:3 | Identified the ring "Famebaul" {rF- Str+4 Slay+1 Stlth+} (You took it off a deep elf mage on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
35830 | Elf:3 | Identified the cursed +1 chain mail of Minor Irritation {rF+ rN++} (You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
35899 | Elf:3 | Got an encrusted helmet
35900 | Elf:3 | Identified the +3 helmet of Jigsaw {rF+ Regen+} (You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
35918 | Elf:3 | Identified the Reference Book on Aerial Ignition
35922 | Elf:3 | Learned a level 2 spell: Repel Missiles
35931 | Elf:3 | Identified the Almanac of Arcane Weapons
35947 | Elf:3 | Got a transparent halberd
35989 | Elf:3 | Got an ancient large shield
36000 | Elf:3 | Identified the +2 large shield of Claustrophobia {rPois rC+ MR++ Int+2} (You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
36031 | Elf:3 | Identified a +0 pair of boots of running (You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
36034 | Elf:3 | Got a scintillating silver ring
36036 | Elf:3 | Identified the ring of Moodiness {rElec rPois rF+ rN+ Str-4} (You found it on level 3 of the Elven Halls)
36045 | Elf:3 | Identified the Compendium of Sinister Conjuration
36667 | Shoals:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Shoals
36874 | Depths:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Depths
36877 | Depths:1 | Noticed the Enchantress
36943 | D:15 | Killed the Enchantress
36945 | D:15 | Got a faerie dragon armour
36977 | D:15 | Identified the +2 faerie dragon armour {*Confuse MP+10 Str+6} (You took it off the Enchantress on level 15 of the Dungeon)
37005 | D:15 | Reached skill level 1 in Charms
37192 | Depths:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
37296 | Depths:1 | Found a gateway to Hell.
37358 | Depths:1 | Found Goidood's Book Boutique.
37400 | Depths:1 | Found a one-way gate to the infinite horrors of the Abyss.
37494 | Depths:1 | Reached skill level 16 in Fighting
37604 | Depths:1 | Reached XP level 21. HP: 119/119 MP: 30/30
37605 | Depths:1 | Noticed Nikola
37636 | Depths:1 | Killed Nikola
37815 | Depths:1 | Found a one-way gate leading to the halls of Pandemonium.
37819 | Depths:1 | Noticed Jorgrun
37855 | Depths:1 | Killed Jorgrun
38266 | Depths:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
38445 | Depths:2 | Noticed Wiglaf
38463 | Depths:2 | Killed Wiglaf
39362 | Depths:2 | Reached skill level 5 in Charms
39637 | Depths:2 | Received a gift from Okawaru
40517 | Depths:3 | Noticed a golden dragon
40544 | Depths:3 | Killed a golden dragon
40549 | Depths:3 | Reached skill level 17 in Fighting
40598 | Depths:3 | Reached XP level 22. HP: 126/126 MP: 32/32
42361 | Depths:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
43005 | Depths:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
43122 | Depths:4 | Noticed a golden dragon
43211 | Depths:4 | Killed a golden dragon
43391 | Depths:4 | Found a gateway to a ziggurat.
43484 | Depths:4 | Noticed Sojobo
43501 | Depths:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
43531 | Depths:4 | Killed Sojobo
43560 | Depths:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
43807 | Depths:5 | Entered Level 5 of the Depths
43876 | Depths:5 | Noticed Boris
43913 | Depths:5 | Killed Boris
43913 | Depths:5 | Reached skill level 18 in Fighting
43913 | Depths:5 | Reached XP level 23. HP: 115/133 MP: 33/33
44181 | Depths:5 | Received a gift from Okawaru
44187 | Depths:5 | Got an iridescent double sword {god gift}
44189 | Depths:5 | Identified the +1 double sword of Sloth {slice, Str+6} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 5 of the Depths)
44321 | Depths:5 | Found a gate to the Realm of Zot.
44322 | Depths:5 | Noticed a golden dragon
44322 | Depths:5 | Noticed a golden dragon
44360 | Depths:5 | Killed a golden dragon
44429 | Depths:5 | Killed a golden dragon
44946 | Depths:5 | Received a gift from Okawaru
44947 | Depths:5 | Got a polished rapier {god gift}
44948 | Depths:5 | Identified the +9 rapier "With Two Names" {pierce, rElec Str+4 Int-2 Stlth+} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 5 of the Depths)
45063 | Depths:5 | Found a gateway to a bazaar.
45267 | Bazaar | Entered a bazaar
45267 | Bazaar | Found Fos Quag's Antique Armour Shop.
45274 | Bazaar | Found Ramium's General Store.
45279 | Bazaar | Found Vucrucij's Assorted Antiques.
45290 | Bazaar | Found Ysugug's Book Emporium.
45298 | Bazaar | Found Quthry's Book Emporium.
45336 | Bazaar | Bought a scroll of enchant armour for 105 gold pieces
45336 | Bazaar | Bought a scroll of teleportation for 42 gold pieces
45336 | Bazaar | Bought a potion of invisibility for 112 gold pieces
45336 | Bazaar | Bought a scroll of magic mapping for 49 gold pieces
45336 | Bazaar | Bought a scroll of holy word for 105 gold pieces
46243 | Snake:1 | Bought the ring "Sonloice" {Str+5 Dex+3} for 708 gold pieces
46662 | Shoals:1 | Found Doheadastra's Armour Emporium.
47301 | Shoals:2 | Got a transparent granite ring
47302 | Shoals:2 | Identified the ring of Niariu {Wiz rF+} (You found it on level 2 of the Shoals)
48829 | Shoals:4 | Entered Level 4 of the Shoals
48854 | Shoals:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
49020 | Shoals:4 | Got a barnacled rune of Zot
49057 | Shoals:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
49072 | Shoals:4 | Reached skill level 10 in Evocations
49160 | Shoals:4 | Reached XP level 24. HP: 139/139 MP: 33/33
49341 | Shoals:4 | Reached skill level 10 in Summonings
49447 | Shoals:4 | Noticed Ilsuiw
49466 | Shoals:4 | Killed Ilsuiw
50381 | Vaults:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Vaults
50426 | Vaults:1 | Reached skill level 10 in Charms
50497 | Vaults:1 | Got a dazzling scythe
50498 | Vaults:1 | Identified the +8 scythe of Mutilation {flame, Int+4} (You found it on level 1 of the Vaults)
50582 | Vaults:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
50766 | Vaults:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
51036 | Vaults:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
51037 | Vaults:1 | Got a transparent dagger {god gift}
51039 | Vaults:1 | Identified the +2 dagger of Beud {pierce, *Contam Str+3 Dex+4} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 1 of the Vaults)
51119 | Vaults:1 | Gained mutation: Your spells are a little easier to cast, but a little less powerful. [mutagenic glow]
51707 | Vaults:1 | Reached skill level 19 in Fighting
53568 | Shoals:1 | Bought a +2 pair of gloves of archery for 408 gold pieces
54064 | Vaults:3 | Found Girraf's Food Shoppe.
54160 | Vaults:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
54255 | Vaults:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
54444 | Vaults:3 | Reached XP level 25. HP: 145/145 MP: 34/34
54563 | Vaults:3 | Found a staircase to the Crypt.
54610 | Vaults:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
54708 | Vaults:3 | Reached skill level 15 in Shields
55117 | Vaults:3 | Found Xelomowuir's Armour Boutique.
55123 | Vaults:3 | Bought a +2 pair of gloves of dexterity for 301 gold pieces
55678 | Vaults:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
55791 | Vaults:4 | Reached skill level 15 in Armour
55812 | Vaults:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
56008 | Vaults:4 | Reached skill level 15 in Short Blades
56075 | Vaults:4 | Received a gift from Okawaru
56341 | Vaults:4 | Found Jeschax's Antique Weapon Emporium.
56667 | Crypt:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Crypt
57259 | Crypt:2 | Received a gift from Okawaru
57621 | Crypt:2 | Received a gift from Okawaru
57910 | Crypt:3 | Entered Level 3 of the Crypt
58040 | Crypt:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
58176 | Crypt:3 | Reached XP level 26. HP: 151/151 MP: 34/34
58649 | Crypt:3 | Found an ancient bone altar of Kikubaaqudgha.
59148 | Crypt:3 | Got a fine large shield
59149 | Crypt:3 | Identified the +2 large shield of Bedevilment {SInv} (You found it on level 3 of the Crypt)
59220 | Crypt:3 | Found a staircase to the Tomb.
59233 | Crypt:3 | Received a gift from Okawaru
59239 | Crypt:3 | Got a distressingly furry large shield {god gift}
59250 | Crypt:3 | Identified the -6 large shield "Jasazait" {+Fly MR- Dex+4} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 3 of the Crypt)
59518 | Crypt:3 | Noticed an ancient lich
59553 | Crypt:3 | Killed an ancient lich
59577 | Crypt:3 | Got an ancient rapier
59578 | Crypt:3 | Identified the +4 rapier of the Two Names {elec, Dex+3} (You found it on level 3 of the Crypt)
59591 | Crypt:3 | Got a pitted tin ring
59592 | Crypt:3 | Identified the ring "Xajeeka" {Fragile rElec rC+ rN+} (You found it on level 3 of the Crypt)
59594 | Crypt:3 | Got a warped brass ring
59595 | Crypt:3 | Identified the ring of the Madman {rN+ Str+4} (You found it on level 3 of the Crypt)
61064 | Depths:1 | Voluntarily entered the Abyss.
61111 | Abyss:2 | Found a corrupted altar of Lugonu.
61122 | Abyss:2 | Found a roughly hewn altar of Beogh.
61575 | Abyss:2 | Identified a +5 rod of shadows (12/12) (You found it on level 2 of the Abyss)
61620 | Abyss:2 | Reached skill level 20 in Fighting
61725 | Abyss:3 | Gained mutation: You are weak. (Str -2) [a cacodemon]
61726 | Abyss:3 | Gained mutation: You are clumsy. (Dex -2) [a cacodemon]
61785 | Abyss:3 | Found a corrupted altar of Lugonu.
61810 | Abyss:3 | Reached skill level 5 in Spellcasting
61847 | Abyss:3 | Reached skill level 10 in Dodging
61946 | Abyss:3 | Found a corrupted altar of Lugonu.
62098 | Abyss:3 | Found a corrupted altar of Lugonu.
62174 | Abyss:3 | Gained mutation: You are dopey. (Int -2) [a neqoxec]
62246 | Abyss:3 | Gained mutation: You are occasionally teleported next to monsters. [a neqoxec]
62371 | Abyss:3 | Gained mutation: Your magical capacity is low (-10% MP). [a cacodemon]
62373 | Abyss:3 | Gained mutation: You are very dopey. (Int -4) [a cacodemon]
62551 | Abyss:4 | Paralysed by a giant eyeball for 4 turns
62612 | Abyss:4 | Got an abyssal rune of Zot
62676 | Abyss:4 | Found a snail-covered altar of Cheibriados.
62683 | Depths:1 | Escaped the Abyss
62687 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: You are weak. (Str -2) [potion of cure mutation]
62687 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: Your magical capacity is low (-10% MP). [potion of cure mutation]
62687 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: You are clumsy. (Dex -2) [potion of cure mutation]
62687 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: Your spells are a little easier to cast, but a little less powerful. [potion of cure mutation]
62687 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: You are very dopey. (Int -4) [potion of cure mutation]
62688 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: You are occasionally teleported next to monsters. [potion of cure mutation]
62688 | Depths:1 | Lost mutation: You are dopey. (Int -2) [potion of cure mutation]
62951 | Snake:4 | Bought a potion of cure mutation for 425 gold pieces
62951 | Snake:4 | Bought a potion of haste for 170 gold pieces
62951 | Snake:4 | Bought a potion of haste for 170 gold pieces
63254 | Zot:1 | Entered Level 1 of the Realm of Zot
63509 | Zot:1 | Received a gift from Okawaru
63510 | Zot:1 | Got a faintly glowing buckler {god gift}
63521 | Zot:1 | Identified the -6 buckler of the Pits of Slime {rC++ Str-3 Stlth+} (Okawaru gifted it to you on level 1 of the Realm of Zot)
63577 | Zot:1 | Reached XP level 27. HP: 152/156 MP: 34/34
64029 | Zot:5 | Entered Level 5 of the Realm of Zot
64232 | Zot:5 | Noticed an ancient lich
64233 | Zot:5 | Noticed an orb of fire
64233 | Zot:5 | Noticed an orb of fire
64233 | Zot:5 | Noticed an ancient lich
64249 | Zot:5 | Gained mutation: You are weak. (Str -2) [an orb of fire]
64269 | Zot:5 | Killed an orb of fire
64307 | Zot:5 | Killed an orb of fire
64314 | Zot:5 | Killed an ancient lich
64314 | Zot:5 | Received a gift from Okawaru
64322 | Zot:5 | Killed an ancient lich
64509 | Zot:5 | Got the Orb of Zot
64517 | Zot:5 | Noticed an ancient lich
64679 | Depths:4 | Noticed Gidokhi the pandemonium lord
65014 | D:$ | Escaped with the Orb!

Skill XL: | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 |
Short Blades | 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 | 16.0
Fighting | 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 | 20.6
Shields | 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 | 17.1
Throwing | 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 | 14.9
Armour | 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 | 15.8
Invocations | 1 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 | 13.8
Evocations | 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 | 12.4
Summonings | 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 | 10.8
Dodging | 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 | 10.7
Spellcasting | 1 3 5 7 | 7.3
Charms | 3 5 7 9 11 12 | 12.4

Action | 1- 3 | 4- 6 | 7- 9 | 10-12 | 13-15 | 16-18 | 19-21 | 22-24 | 25-27 || total
Melee: Rapier | 86 | 235 | 264 | | | | | | || 585
Bite | 21 | 53 | 157 | 533 | 1094 | 972 | 1181 | 1681 | 1884 || 7576
Quick blade | | | 170 | 1162 | 2131 | 1979 | 1949 | 2642 | 2779 || 12812
Dagger | | | | 7 | 141 | 20 | 273 | | || 441
Throw: Tomahawk | | 8 | 5 | 6 | | | | | || 19
Stone | | 1 | | 2 | | | | | || 3
Javelin | | | | 4 | 5 | 7 | | 1 | 5 || 22
Invok: Heroism | | | | 4 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 2 | 2 || 23
Finesse | | | | 4 | 4 | 3 | 6 | 2 | 1 || 20
Abil: Stop Flying | | | | | | | 1 | 1 | || 2
Evoke Flight | | | | | | | 1 | 1 | || 2
Evoke: Rod | | | | | 3 | 15 | | 1 | || 19
Wand | | | | | | | | 5 | 7 || 12
Use: Scroll | 4 | 2 | 10 | 9 | 14 | 18 | 7 | 13 | 15 || 92
Potion | 2 | 2 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 1 | | 2 || 13
Stab: Distracted | | | | | | | 1 | 1 | || 2
Eat: Chunk | 1 | 6 | 33 | 15 | 38 | 25 | 13 | 28 | 13 || 172
Royal jelly | | | | | | | 3 | | || 3
Beef jerky | | | | | | | 4 | | || 4
Bread ration | | | | | | | 1 | 4 | 3 || 8
Pizza | | | | | | | | | 2 || 2
Fruit | | | | | | | | | 2 || 2
Armor: Scale mail | 31 | 10 | | | | | | | || 41
Skin | | 27 | | | | | | | || 27
Chain mail | | 110 | 125 | 177 | 241 | | | | || 653
Plate armour | | | | | 111 | 323 | 7 | | || 441
Crystal plate arm | | | | | | | 396 | 209 | || 605
Gold dragon armou | | | | | | | | 288 | 353 || 641
Dodge: Dodged | 21 | 55 | 102 | 155 | 337 | 204 | 108 | 172 | 193 || 1347
Block: Shield | 38 | 102 | 150 | 232 | 545 | 252 | 308 | | || 1627
Large shield | | | | | | 435 | 610 | 1562 | 1399 || 4006
Reflection | | | | | | 23 | 106 | 161 | 32 || 322

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Sep. 30th, 2016 08:38 pm
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Q. Do you have any advice for tourists to England?
A. Be passionate about something in your life and don't use CVS.
Q. ...
A. Do you have a problem?
Q. Sorry, I meant "Do you have any relevant advice for tourists to England?"
A. Sorry, I meant "Do you have a relevant problem?"

Drawing to a close

Sep. 30th, 2016 01:02 pm
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[personal profile] kass
On the Jewish calendar, the old year is drawing to a close.

There's a lot that I'm grateful for as this year approaches its end. This has not been an easy year by any stretch of the imagination, and there's a lot that's still hard, but I'm grateful and I can feel hope for the year to come, and those are not small things.

For those who live by the Jewish calendar, I wish you a final shabbat shalom of 5776!

For everyone else, may your weekend be lovely. :-)

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Sep. 30th, 2016 02:32 pm
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I'm breathing a bit more easily now that I've realised that maybe - just maybe - I do not have to make an either-or choice between "stay forever in the job I love, becoming slowly less effective at it without realising" and "immediately commit long-term to a lifestyle that I have no idea if I can possibly maintain".

There are many, many in-between choices, the most appealing one of which right now is realising that, once my MSc is over, I'll have 1-2 days/week that I can commit - voluntarily, if necessary - to getting experience working with People Who Aren't Over-Educated Adolescents*.

My college job is actually incredibly flexible - I've worked it alongside THREE days a week elsewhere at some points, and I just meet with students at evenings and weekends when necessary. Given the general shape of my year, I could start taking on additional (voluntary) work as early as March. Time to start keeping my eyes open for opportunities, then...

*Don't get me wrong, I love my over-educated adolescents; but I've become so used to psychoeducation with them as my audience and I need to get more flexible.
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The Rosetta mission to Comet 67P came to an end today, with the orbital spacecraft landing on the surface of the comet and switching off.

Cartoon of Rosetta with its busted solar panels, clutching its Mission Achievements log. *sniff*

Cartoon of the Philae lander going to sleep forever on the comet's surface. *wibble*

Poll #17682 Rosetta's Grand Finale
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 28

The saddest cartoon spacecraft image ever is:

View Answers

Rosetta with its busted solar panels, clutching its Mission Achievements log
11 (45.8%)

Philae going to sleep forever on the comet's surface
13 (54.2%)

I shed a tear over Rosetta's demise.

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Yes, I did. I'm not ashamed.
16 (59.3%)

That's cometary dust. Dust, I tell you.
7 (25.9%)

Yes, but that's a tear of rage because now the aliens will find our space junk and come to DESTROY US.
0 (0.0%)

I have no idea what you're talking about, but here, have a tissue.
6 (22.2%)

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First (UK) book in the (first) Merchant Princes trilogy (US: hexalogy, first two). This is one of those odd books that feels hard to place in a sub-genre nicely and cleanly. It's a portal fantasy! It's near-future dystopia! It's near-future techno-thriller with SFnal elements! It's urban fantasy (well, maybe not, actually)! It's a biting criticism of various politics!

All of that. None of those. At the same time. Having read both of the volumes this was split into when it was published in the US, I am really happy that Stross was given a chance to merge them back into essentially their original shape ("new and improved", from what I understand). While there are basically two halves to this book, they work better when laid out in internal chronological order than shoe-horned and re-shuffled to fit the "no mammoth books!" directive that caused it to be two books in the US.

It's also, essentially, a pretty good read. Our intrepid hero is Miriam Beckstein, tech journalist (bio-chem sub-category), who's just stumbled on a Big Scoop. And by "big", I mean BIG. This is the once-in-a-lifetime, write-your-own-job-description, chased-by-all-employers kind of story. One that may actually cause protective custody to happen between "published" and "all things caused have settled down".

Then she gets fired. Not long after, she (literally) finds herself in a world she never knew existed (remember, I did say "portal fantasy" up above?) and things, from there, spiral out of her control in the most fascinating way.

edit managed to mis-remember the actual book title, fixed.

Interesting Links for 30-09-2016

Sep. 30th, 2016 12:00 pm
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Sep. 30th, 2016 02:12 am
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Anyways, I didn't get home tonight until about 1:20 AM. Gosh Kat! Why were you out so late? I was out so late becausee.....


You may recall that last year [profile] jere7my and I went out to a ToysRUs at midnight in order to buy some ForceFriday toys. As it turns out, the midnight release for Rogue One toys was tonight, and so we went ahead for more adventure!

Unlike last year, I couldn't be arsed to obtain a car, so we biked. It's starting to get pretty chill out --I will not want to do a six mile post-midnight bike ride any later this year, for sure! But the road was light on traffic and hills. As a bonus, almost immediately after we met up in Arlington, we got a "GET A CAR, FAGGOT" shouted out the window by an asshole driver. jere7my yelled back "have a nice day!" (in a voice free of sarcasm, because he's amazing) while I just started laughing like a mad thing. Our mutual amusement set the tone for a lovely night.

Last year we were about 50th in line, this year there were approximately twelve patrons total, and we were numbers 4 and 5. That means we got free swag t-shirts! (oo, ahh --except I grabbed a large instead of a medium by accident, and they're FunkoPop which is not my favourite, but if push comes to shove, maybe I can give mine to Wabbit and certainly I can use it as a pillowcase or something.)

This year, I actually went in with a vague goal --I wanted a Jin figure scaled to go with my Rey and Leia. She was easy enough to find, and while poking around, I also found a Sabine from the Star Wars Rebels tv show. I have seen basically none of this, but blue-haired lady character who comes with a freaking zipline and enjoys graffiti and explosions? Look, I'm totally comfortable in my status as a fake geek girl, I'ma spend my money on her too!

((I am, actually, completely comfortable referring to myself as a fake geek girl. Firstly, for the same reason Nick Zerhakker in the Violet Drone wears t-shirts proclaiming thus --I'm not a girl, so it amuses me that the fake part of the equation applies unexpectedly. But secondly because I'm a grown ass-adult who doesn't have any pride wrapped up in knowing everything about everything and being the TWOOEST FAN! Anyone who would non ironically call me a Fake Geek Girl is automatically someone who doesn't want me (or on a broader scale, any but TWOO FANS) to join their hobby, and that means they're a stone cold fool.

I mean, I recognize that I'm sorta biased in that most of my most serious hobbies are heavily dying, but honestly, why the hell wouldn't you want more people into the things you like? Don't chase people away, that's how hobbies die!))

jere7my got several awesome things, including one of the fancy new Rogue One robot, and one of the superfancy "black box" stormtrooper models. I wavered a bit on the fancy Jin sculpt, but ultimately stuck with the 3.5" model, since it was cheaper and in scale with my other girls.

Then we biked home, where we saw a deer chilling out about ten feet away from the path. It was big and doofy looking and I genuinely like seeing deer, even though they're extremely low on the list of mammals I care for. (rats actually rate higher, even though I'm phobic, because I don't dislike them any.) (pandas are basically the bottom of the list because fuck pandas.)

And on that classy note, have a lovely night!


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Sep. 29th, 2016 10:56 pm
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Current book: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman. Interesting reading because it's so very much where I live, especially at a shelter helping immigrant women whose stories I only hear in the most fleeting detail. It's about a refugee family whose "medical noncompliance" for their daughter's epilepsy left medical professionals baffled, enraged, and exhausted; even years later, the professionals Fadiman talked to could recall this case in particular in exquisite detail, their love and concern for the little girl and their very mixed feelings about her family. The chapters of the book alternate Lia Lee's case history with essays on Hmong culture and history and the Lee family's place within them. The latter aren't approached from the modern lens of trauma research--which makes sense, since the book was written 1992-1997 and it's still an emerging field, especially so far as the medical and cognitive effects of trauma are concerned--but it's a lot of food for thought once I put those glasses on.

It reminds me that when I was providing a lot of therapy to a lot of different clients (& may those days return soon!) some of the most useful questions I could bring to bear were, "Why do you think you're having these problems?", "What do you think will help solve them?" and "How do you imagine this therapy will help you?"

In other words, the cats are getting along even more. Yesterday Emily came upstairs to explore the cousins' apartment, which she does from time to time, and she and Isobel sniffed nose-to-nose before Emily so much as growled; today she came upstairs, didn't growl at Izzy once, and was very reluctant to leave when I came downstairs. Then Gallagher came into my apartment--my brother Pat has moved upstairs into Mom's spare room, and the external door is through his bedroom, so after he goes to bed around 9pm I leave my door open so Izzy and Gally can come through my kitchen to be let into the foyer, thence to go through Mom's internal door--and spent some time wandering the apartment, and although Emmy moved around in stalking-mode to keep a very sharp eye on him, she offered him no actual hostilities.

Work on the bathroom floor continues slow and imperfect, but ultimately satisfying. Here's a picture.


Sep. 30th, 2016 05:16 pm
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I am officially unemployed. (Current contract finished today. I remain hopeful I'll be offered new work though this is the first in years that I'm "between jobs".)

more than a library

Sep. 29th, 2016 06:49 pm
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Today's random shiny things in my life are brought to you by The Internet. Which, like the world, contains much suck but also much awesome. Including your presence; welcome.

(Cut for length and one brief NSFW item.) Read more... )

Apple: Ribston pippin

Sep. 29th, 2016 08:49 pm
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Ribston pippin is another heirloom variety, probably ancestral to the better-known Cox's orange pippin (this courtesy of It's a nice-looking apple, in the old-fashioned way, somewhat irregular and not too huge.

The one I just ate was very nicely crisp and reasonably flavorful. It wasn't as juicy (or as sweet) as a good Macintosh or Gala, but not noticeably tart either.

[ profile] cattitude got a few of these (and some Macouns) at the Arlington farmers' market yestrday.

I'm trying to finish an essay

Sep. 29th, 2016 09:11 pm
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Have a trio of musical videos on a Lin-Manuel Miranda theme:

"Alexander Hamilton" (opening track to the musical Hamilton) in American Sign Language: absolutely riveting, brilliant use of rhythm, I accidentally fell down a rabbithole of ASL-signed Hamilton tracks of varying skill and production quality after this.  If only I understood ASL, or even BSL (funnily enough searching for BSL-signed Hamilton stuff gets me nowhere, I don't think there's a big enough fanbase here yet). 

"What the Heck I Gotta Do" - opening track to 21 Chump Street: a 14-minute musical about an undercover drugs officer and the high school student who fell in love with her.  The full video used to be on youtube and vimeo but I failed to find it again; also the cast album is available from the usual digital marketplaces.  It's ridiculously earwormy,, which means I find myself singing songs ALL DAY LONG that remind me how much I disagree with the War on Drugs, and I'm Not Doing Politics for at least another year, damnit.

"Usnavi's KX rap" - a promotional video for In The Heights at the King's Cross Theatre, which I saw last Saturday and will write more about when this dratted essay is done.  (Short version: I really, really liked it, and that video gives you something of a feel for it.)

This could bring about End Times

Sep. 29th, 2016 08:58 pm
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People chatting to strangers on the Tube?

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!.... The dead rising from the grave!... Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Are we surprised to discover that Jonathan Dunne, who is originally from the US, says it was "difficult" to even get commuters to take one of the free pins. No shit?

We do not feel that he has spent enough time looking at Very British Problems as essential preliminary research.

This has, however, led to a flurry of badges conveying the contrary message.

Lunch at Bracu

Sep. 29th, 2016 10:49 pm
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Highlight of the day with the Lee family was a very long lunch at Bracu restaurant.

Link to Flickr photoset.
Bracu September 2016

This coverphoto is of the Market Fish (Hapuka), Cauliflower, Prawn and Crème Fraiche, which was not only delicious, but looked gorgeous with its inventive use of squid ink to decorate the plate. It was just one of the many delicious delights.
Bracu September 2016

Status: Flanders and Swann

Sep. 29th, 2016 10:13 am
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Got up this morning to find a note from partner to say that there is no hot water and the boiler pilot light appears to have gone off.

Has called BG HomeCare and someone should be coming this afternoon.

This is a bit annoying as I had various things I was going to do today which may be precluded by Waiting in for the Gasman (which Flanders and Swann do not actually cover, the workmen turn up with remarkable expedition Monday to Friday).

May, or may not, be related to late night emergency plumber stuff the other day.

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Sep. 29th, 2016 09:54 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] violsva!
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Watch this:

And then watch this response:

Both passed to me by [ profile] elfy, to whom I am grateful, because the pair of videos kept me thoroughly engrossed while waking up this morning.

reading wednesday

Sep. 29th, 2016 01:30 am
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On Wednesday! But not from this Wednesday. I opened the post window to write about something else and found this.

• What are you reading?

This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. I love the art; everyone has their own face, so real and individual that if I met these people on the street I would recognize them. What it focuses on and what it looks away from feel appropriate to that one summer when you are coming to grips with the fact that boobs apply to you -- not some future you, who will have become a woman and understood all those things that you will understand when you're older, but the real you, the you that you are.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Audiobook of Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut, read by Stanley Tucci. I just wanted Stanley Tucci to read me a bedtime story. I was delighted to find Breakfast of Champions still good! Still sexist, yeah, but 70% less annoying than Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Maybe because Vonnegut isn't kidding himself that he understands women? The biggest change it has undergone is that thirty years ago, "asshole" and the n-word were about equally shocking.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee, for SF book group.

Checked out from the library:

This one summer / Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki.
Deathless / Catherynne M. Valente.
Six-gun Snow White / Catherynne M. Valente ; with illustrations by Charlie Bowater.
The eyes of the dragon : a story / by Stephen King ; with illustrations by David Palladini.
A man called Ove : a novel / Fredrik Backman.
The grand Sophy / Georgette Heyer.

The hunger games [videorecording]
Man up [videorecording] /
Far from the madding crowd [videorecording] /
Fortitude [videorecording] /
Deadpool [videorecording] /
Orphan black. Season three /

Dogs : a startling new understanding of canine origin, behavior, and evolution / Raymond Coppinger and Lorna Coppinger.
Dog tricks : fun and games for your clever canine / Mary Ray, Justine Harding.
Detroit City is the place to be : the afterlife of an American metropolis / Mark Binelli.
Zombie spaceship wasteland : a book / by Patton Oswalt.
Second reading : notable and neglected books revisited / Jonathan Yardley
Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail / Cheryl Strayed.
When breath becomes air / Paul Kalanithi ; foreword by Abraham Verghese.
Being mortal : medicine and what matters in the end / Atul Gawande.

Eyes bigger than my... eyes, I guess?

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Sep. 29th, 2016 03:22 am
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Here are some things in my life right now!

*Triona is moving out. This sucks firstly because she is very wonderful and I will miss her a lot (She is going to Michigan, so it's not like "oh, I'll just see her slightly less often".) This sucks secondly because...I wanted to live in a stable house, with friends. I am so fucking sick and tired of constantly finding new people to move in, and I'm tired of living in a house that feels less like a community and more like a collection of strangers and I'm just blahhhhghgggg. I hate this.

I'm mostly managing to not be angry at her, because it's her leaving for an awesome job opportunity, back to the place she loves, and I can empathize too much with her being happy. But blaaaaaahhhhggg.

*On Saturday, I helped my friend Andy clean out her attic. This resulted in the removal of five giant "bagsters" (4x8 dumpster-tarps) filled with trash and recycling, and me coming home with slightly more Interesting Stuff than I intended. It was interesting and paid well, but now I need to find room in my closet for a gorgeous faux-fur coat (rather similar to the one that was lost to me in Maryland, MOM).

(I have already found a place to bring the spare tailcoat --I was not sure the tailcoat I bought for Magus's wedding was the right shade, so this one was a better black but fit much worse and was otherwise a bit ratty, but I've run both coats by Mary Ellen, queen of the world, and she thinks I am okay with the first. On Tuesday, I was chatting with Neil and realized suddenly that he's only a bit larger than I, and the second tailcoat might fit him just fine. And I *really* do not need two black tailcoats, especially since I already have my nice blue regency one and a prince charlie)

*On Sunday I had a really good accomplishment day, as noted. I also went to demo team rehearsal --we are prepping for our fall concert. The dances are SUPER GOOD but my brain has been SUPER NOT HERE in terms of feeling excited and engaged and invested the last couple weeks. Not sure what's up with that.

*On Monday, I became a Power Ranger. The orange one, natch. I was the one-on-one for a really friendly and well-behaved kid (*hisses "jackpot" under their breath*) who was super into power rangers, and you know, when given the choice between rolling ones eyes or being confused by a child's fantasy worlds or diving right in, I'd like to think I dive in, every time. It is admittedly easier when it's something that I was once super into as well.

Also, I went to Scottish and did at least half the dances, which is an extremely good track record for me these days.

*On Tuesday, I semi-spontaneously went to Bluesy after my nannying gig. Really, I needed to get a USB stick from [personal profile] gravitrue and give a tenner to Red (only the former of which I managed --I saw Red, and said "oh I need to give you a tenner!" and then promptly failed to do so at any later point.) but I was in the area anyways, and I do like Bluesy, I think.

Oh gods, was it a thing I needed though. More the following than anything else --I have been doing a lot of challenging dancing lately, and it has been largely awesome, but also largely *very* thinky. It felt amazing to just turn off my brain and do some high-level enjoyable dancing that I didn't have to think about. There were some fantastic leads on the floor that night, and I was very lucky to dance with all of them, apparently.

(That being said, boy did I wake up stiff on Wednesday. It's only sortof a joke when I say "ah yes, Blues, a completely *different* way to hurt my knees.")

*On Wednesday (today, for it is still night), I got the aforementioned news about Triona, but also went to Keezers to buy a vest. This was...this was everything I could have possibly wanted. Keezers is a big cramped building that makes no good attempt to differentiate whether it's open or not, and the entryway is crammed full of boxen and then you spill out onto the main floor which is a maze of racks of tuxedos and vests and hats. I got about six steps in --just one past the counter-- when a small middle eastern man stopped me, demanded to know what I was looking for, helped me try on a vest, and then when it was too big, found me one that actually worked.

(His slightly arch demeanor became much more friendly once it became obvious I was buying for myself, and that I knew enough about menswear to know what I was looking for.)

(Also, the vest was *way* cheaper than I was expecting, especially since it was apparently one of the rental vests that they sold me, and so I bought two pairs of cufflinks and a bright orange tie, all of which were also way cheaper than I would expect. I almost feel bad about this indulgence.)

*Also on Wednesday, I had Highland class. Which, it's worth noting, was hard and all, but during all the stretching I was reminded that the more often I do physical activity, the more flexible I get. I don't even necessarily need to be doing proper stretching each day --I certainly didn't at Tuesy-- just doing enough activity to keep my muscles warm and loose will cut it.

Anyways, we learned the third step of Blue Bonnets, which is a fucking nightmare step letmetellyou and I will be working on that for a good long time. It feels _wrong_. And yeah, a lot of Highland feels extremely weird to be doing, but most of it does not feel quite so badly like "I am actively pointing my body in the completely wrong direction for this step".

We're also starting to learn the hornpipe. Our advanced class classmates tell us they spent about six months learning the shuffle-over-the-buckle step that we're starting with, and I believe it --I am grasping it surprisingly well, but it's gonna be like high cuts, in that I'm gonna need to practice it basically forever before I get even moderately alright at doing it consistently.

(My high cuts, you will note, are still not consistent and I've been doing them for two years.)

See above note about how I've been doing a lot of very *thinky* dance. Highland is physical (BOY IS IT) but more than that, I don't really have any of it for which I can just say "eh, fuck it, I'll phone it in and enjoy the flow and automatic parts of the dance." Because the nature of it is so performative, and because I am still vastly a beginner and have many little things to improve, there is no "automatic".

It remains --and I have been saying this for at *least* six months-- unclear to me why I continue to do Highland. It hurts and it's hard and I don't really care about the competitive aspects and I don't really have any place to enjoy the performative ones. But...???

(It is a very satisfying hurt though. Even when I'm being so mentally off-balance with someone that I feel like I'm about to cry (see: third step of Blue Bonnets, all of Flora, the first six months of Seann Truibhass) it's a very satisfying challenge to be working out.)

That's me! I should copypaste some of this to my dance blog, shouldn't I?


do you haiku?

Sep. 28th, 2016 11:22 pm
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Anonymously or openly, generally or specifically, post about your day in 5-7-5 (ish) syllables!
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Cut for length; topics include self-care, employment, privilege, time management, and general wordiness. Read more... )

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Sep. 28th, 2016 07:01 pm
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

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Sep. 28th, 2016 01:29 pm
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I finished reading Rivers of London this morning! (Just the five novels, I'm saving the ancillary stories so there's something to look forward to.) My summary was fairly accurate! I'm amused that at the end of Foxglove Summer, even Peter was surprised vague spoilers )

I'm mostly surprised that... there wasn't too much that I missed? Okay, I missed most of the main plot in Foxglove Summer, but I think a lot of the fic I was reading pre-dated it, so I was expecting that. It also had probably the strongest plot of the set - the first four really didn't have plot as their strongest point. Which is not, I will note, necessarily a criticism - I like books that don't narrow-focus on plot, as long as the stuff they're doing in the meantime is fun, and it is - I so, so appreciate that Rivers of London has all of the really, really strong sense of place that is completely missing from, say, the Dresden Files. They feel like - like, they've got the voice and trappings of a police procedural, and the setting and characters of an urban fantasy, but the structure and mood of a cozy, and that was apparently what I needed.

And the criticism of police culture that was coming through strongly in the fic is there in canon; not as a central point, but Peter, while being 100% a copper, is never uncritical of what the police are doing. So I could read it without the sour taste in my mouth that pretty much all other police-focused fiction has been giving me lately. (Just Peter Grant and Sam Vimes are exempt, basically.)

(I dare somebody to write Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)

Unfortunately all the fanfic-y feelings I got involve characters that very clearly have major canon revelations coming up, and I have been reminded by Check Please! how very, very bad I am at being invested that way in characters in an open canon, so probably I will not be writing anything.

(Well, maybe bits of Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)

...anyway beyond that I've been deep in avoidance mode lately. I am watching the third season of the Great British Bake-Off because sometime you just need Sue Perkins making terrible puns in a tent, and started hopefully a full watch-through of Leverage in order because sometimes you just need to watch asshole billionaires being made to weep bitter tears, and nearly caught up on the Rex Factor podcast because there is nothing like learning about 10th century Scotsmen murdering each other to help one stop catastrophizing about modern politics (#RememberAed). Also found, and watched, "Under the Emerald Sea", a Nature special that aired when I was five that is the first TV show I ever remember bugging my parents to let me stay up late to watch.

So if anyone wants to talk to me about any of those I'm up for it.

Also I went to the beach on what I accurately predicted to be the last day of the year that sea-bathing would be doable, played some Pokemon Go (level 22! Still haven't found any good way to hatch eggs without using a data plan!), and started what is hopefully going to be a full reshelve and clear out of my books, because it was just becoming unsustainable. Step 1: all 1600+ nonfiction books in dewey decimal order. ish.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Sep. 28th, 2016 08:25 pm
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Dear Yuletide writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I am very non-fussy about Yuletide and love the fandoms I requested, so please don't stress too much about making me happy. Write me something in a fandom I love, and I will be happy. If you click on my Yuletide tag you will find past letters with lots of detail on what I like in general.

Two little FYIs: I started writing my letter at home, then left before I could finish it. I am currently away from home and can't write as much, so less tl;dr isn't indication of which I want most, just due to circumstances. The other is for any friends who might be trawling this letter for treat prompts. I still love anything I requested for any Yuletide in history, so if you don't know any of these fandoms, feel free to pick up anything from past letters that's in the Yuletide tag set.

Read more... )

Searching For Revisionary Goofs

Sep. 28th, 2016 12:39 pm
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Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaThe mass market paperback edition of Revisionary comes out in February. This means I have a whole new set of page proofs to review.

If you’ve read the hardcover (thank you!) and noticed any typos or other problems, now would be the perfect time to let me know so we can get those fixed for the paperback release. You can comment here or shoot me an email at jchines -at-

In other news, I’m still working on backup machines while I wait for the new PC to arrive, which is why blogging and email and such has been a bit sparse. Hopefully that will all be resolved by the end of the week!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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What I read

Finished The People in the Trees - my proviso re noxiousness of main character remains, but I thought there were interesting things going on there, e.g. despoliation of nature/innocence, and that he gets a Nobel prize for work that has resulted in destruction of a way of life and island ecology, but then gets fingered for paedophilia. (And I thought the author should have resisted that coda and left things a bit more grey and indeterminate.)

I thought it was very good, but I would be hesitant to recommend it to people unless I was very sure of their tastes. But given recent hoohah around writing the other, this is someone who is not a Dead White Male writing as the epitome of a certain type of DWM and doing it very well. (And the case I couldn't remember on which it was based was that of Daniel Carleton Gajdusek, who did work on kuru in New Guinea.)

Read surprising little given the extended railway drama - but did read the very lovely Miss Eleanor Tilney: or, The Reluctant Heroine by Sherwood Smith. Would recommend.

And then got drawn into re-reading Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (2016). It's years since I last read it, and do we think that the narrator is so far in the closet he's looking at a lamppost in Narnia, and in fact doesn't even cop to himself? Doesn't he quite drool over Ashburnham?

On the go

Simon R Green, Dr DOA (2016). Seem to have rather abandoned Trade Secret.

Up next

Really, dunno.


Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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