Daily Happiness

May. 25th, 2017 02:14 am
torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
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1. I posted manga! I really wasn't expecting to have that back from the typesetter so soon, so that was a nice surprise.

2. Not only is tomorrow my usual day off, but I have Friday off as well! We are going to see a baseball game Friday night, so I was already planning to get off early, but then I thought, well, let me just see if I can take the whole day off, and there's not anything major going on, so I can!

3. We had gyoza and edamame for dinner. I never make them from scratch, just buy the bag of frozen ones, so it's really a pretty easy meal to make, and so delicious.

4. Look at this sweet sleepy Chloe!

Scanlations: Love Buzz ch. 12

May. 24th, 2017 09:17 pm
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Title: Love Buzz
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Young King
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Heterophobia Fansubs
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Five years ago, pro wrestler Fuji Kaoru disappeared one day before a match. Now she shows up at her old gym out of the blue, with a five-year-old daughter in tow. But not everyone is willing to welcome her back with open arms.

Chapter Summary: Fuji's family really wants to meet her ex.



Chapter 12: Do You Want to See Your Daddy?

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May. 24th, 2017 06:20 pm
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The reason why I'm not ready is because I'm STILL not fucking sure.  Most of the time I STILL feel like a poser, like someone who has worked so hard to adopt a new identity that I've convinced myself completely that this is who I am, when I'm not this person at all.  I'm still filled with so much self doubt; am I really who I've grown to think I am?  Every time someone calls me Drew I'm filled with happiness and self doubt.  Am I Drew, or have I convinced myself that I am because I'm bored with being Andrea or Dre?  Am I Drew because I'm trans or because Drew is easier in some ways for other people to process than Dre?  Do I think I'm trans because I really am or because of Bryan's influence?  I HAVE NO IDEA.

So that's why my family doesn't know.

EDIT:  And yes I realize that three days ago I was incredibly emotional because I'd "figured it out."  People wonder why I don't have more self confidence, and this is why.  It's hard to be confident when things keep changing every few days.  

Daily Happiness

May. 24th, 2017 02:09 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
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1. We had strawberries with whipped cream after dinner tonight and they were so good! The first really tasty berries of the season, I think.

2. I got another chapter of manga finished up tonight. I have several chapters out for typesetting, so hopefully one of those will be ready to post soon.

3. Last night and tonight I got in a lot of cuddling with Molly. She often comes up on my desk for pettings, but sometimes finds it hard to calm down and just get petted, but both nights she lay down on my desk and I was able to cuddle her as I petted and gave her lots of tummy scritchings too.

Impressive Speech

May. 24th, 2017 01:46 am
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Even more than Shrub, 45 sounds like a blithering idiot when he speaks, so it's definitely enjoyable to listen to a well done, inspirational, and genuinely good speech, all of which accurately describes the speech New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu's gave for the long-overdue removal of that city's monuments to the Slaver's Rebellion

Daily Happiness

May. 23rd, 2017 01:31 am
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1. I got my hair cut today! Haven't got it cut since early February, so it was getting really shaggy and annoying, but as usual I was dragging my feet about actually doing it. I'm so glad to finally get it done, though!

2. I had a pretty relaxing day off. Did some housework and translation and just chilled out.

3. I also played a little bit of Zelda, though not much. I decided I want to concentrate on farming stuff to upgrade my armor, so I wasn't doing anything super exciting. I haven't really been using the camera function much, but I figured it would be helpful to set a tracker for whatever I'm trying to farm at the moment, so I did get it out and take pictures of a few things. I needed like forty electric Lizalfos tails, lol. Thankfully those guys are all over the place in the desert so I'm down to just needing like ten more. I also got one more shrine quest done in the desert while I was there, and accidentally stumbled across another shrine, too. Just twelve shrines left to go!

4. Carla took a picture of me with Jasper. :)

Random observations

May. 22nd, 2017 08:56 pm
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• I've ordered, from Japan, a tenugui towel with an udon noodle design. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and to be fair the shipping was only £1.50. All the designs are amazing, but I was particularly struck by this. (Tell me that Yuuri Katsuki doesn't take one to the rink with him.)

• I also seem to be buying excessive quantities of culottes. (Well, two pairs, but you know.) For once I'm on trend. I know I have to buy now, before they disappear for another twenty years. I hate the fashion cycle.

Victor isn't the only one who has a phone case of himself

• This weekend I'm going to Belgium, and it's now clear that it's going to be boiling hot, like 28C/83F on Sunday. Currently reconsidering my packing list, plans, life choices, etc. (Don't laugh, people from elsewhere.) I still plan on climbing the Wall of Geraardsbergen but I'll have to do it early in the morning. And, you know, on foot. Needless to say.

Daily Happiness

May. 22nd, 2017 02:24 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Super hectic weekend at work, following a super hectic week, so I'm reeeeeeeally glad for my day off tomorrow!

2. I was worn out after work but still managed to get a chapter of manga translated tonight.

3. I love the way Chloe likes to chill with her arms stretched out like this.

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May. 22nd, 2017 05:59 pm
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Title: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Rating: PG
Words: 6318
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.

At the Archive or at Dreamwidth

Fate vs D&D (well, mostly Elf vs D&D)

May. 21st, 2017 09:23 pm
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I've been looking a lot at Fate Core rpg system recently. I sponsored the "Wearing the Cape" superhero game on k'start, and I've looked at a few of the other systems.

I have a friend who's putting together a group for a game to be podcast, maybe vidcast; originally, it was going to be Hero, but wow is that troublesome for fantasy gaming (yeah, there's books, and we looked at 'em and even tried to work with them, but he wants some unique magic details, and that means writing the system from scratch, and Hero's got a lot of number-crunching once you go down that path). We looked at GURPS, which I love - he thinks it's okay, but again, would need to rewrite the magic system. Right now, he's looking at 5e, and seems to think that the magic system is easier to twist into what he'd like than those two. I'm trying to pitch Fate, because I think he wants a strongly narrative game more than one where your stats define what you can do.

Key point: If you want a D&D game, play D&D. If you want a D&D-esque setting but do not want classes, levels, initiative rolls, and saving throws - don't play D&D. Find a system that covers the style of play you want, and use that.

This is mostly me grumbling about D&D )

Review: Sector General

May. 21st, 2017 10:21 am
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Review: Sector General, by James White

Series: Sector General #5
Publisher: Orb
Copyright: 1983
Printing: 2002
ISBN: 0-312-87770-6
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 187

Sector General is the fifth book (or, probably more accurately, collection) in the Sector General series. I blame the original publishers for the confusion. The publication information is for the Alien Emergencies omnibus, which includes the fourth through the sixth books in the series.

Looking back on my previous reviews of this series (wow, it's been eight years since I read the last one?), I see I was reviewing them as novels rather than as short story collections. In retrospect, that was a mistake, since they're composed of clearly stand-alone stories with a very loose arc. I'm not going to go back and re-read the earlier collections to give them proper per-story reviews, but may as well do this properly here.

Overall, this collection is more of the same, so if that's what you want, there won't be any negative surprises. It's another four engineer-with-a-wrench stories about biological and medical puzzles, with only a tiny bit of characterization and little hint to any personal life for any of the characters outside of the job. Some stories are forgettable, but White does create some memorable aliens. Sadly, the stories don't take us to the point of real communication, so those aliens stop at biological puzzles and guesswork. "Combined Operation" is probably the best, although "Accident" is the most philosophical and an interesting look at the founding principle of Sector General.

"Accident": MacEwan and Grawlya-Ki are human and alien brought together by a tragic war, and forever linked by a rather bizarre war monument. (It's a very neat SF concept, although the implications and undiscussed consequences don't bear thinking about too deeply.) The result of that war was a general recognition that such things should not be allowed to happen again, and it brought about a new, deep commitment to inter-species tolerance and politeness. Which is, in a rather fascinating philosophical twist, exactly what MacEwan and Grawlya-Ki are fighting against: not the lack of aggression, which they completely agree with, but with the layers of politeness that result in every species treating all others as if they were eggshells. Their conviction is that this cannot create a lasting peace.

This insight is one of the most profound bits I've read in the Sector General novels and supports quite a lot of philosophical debate. (Sadly, there isn't a lot of that in the story itself.) The backdrop against which it plays out is an accidental crash in a spaceport facility, creating a dangerous and potentially deadly environment for a variety of aliens. Given the collection in which this is included and the philosophical bent described above, you can probably guess where this goes, although I'll leave it unspoiled if you can't. It's an idea that could have been presented with more subtlety, but it's a really great piece of setting background that makes the whole series snap into focus. A much better story in context than its surface plot. (7)

"Survivor": The hospital ship Rhabwar rescues a sole survivor from the wreck of an alien ship caused by incomplete safeguards on hyperdrive generators. The alien is very badly injured and unconscious and needs the full attention of Sector General, but on the way back, the empath Prilicla also begins suffering from empathic hypersensitivity. Conway, the protagonist of most of this series, devotes most of his attention to that problem, having delivered the rescued alien to competent surgical hands. But it will surprise no regular reader that the problems turn out to be linked (making it a bit improbable that it takes the doctors so long to figure that out). A very typical entry in the series. (6)

"Investigation": Another very typical entry, although this time the crashed spaceship is on a planet. The scattered, unconscious bodies of the survivors, plus signs of starvation and recent amputation on all of them, convinces the military (well, police is probably more accurate) escort that this is may be a crime scene. The doctors are unconvinced, but cautious, and local sand storms and mobile vegetation add to the threat. I thought this alien design was a bit less interesting (and a lot creepier). (6)

"Combined Operation": The best (and longest) story of this collection. Another crashed alien spacecraft, but this time it's huge, large enough (and, as they quickly realize, of a design) to indicate a space station rather than a ship, except that it's in the middle of nowhere and each segment contains a giant alien worm creature. Here, piecing together the biology and the nature of the vehicle is only the beginning; the conclusion points to an even larger problem, one that requires drawing on rather significant resources to solve. (On a deadline, of course, to add some drama.) This story requires the doctors to go unusually deep into the biology and extrapolated culture of the alien they're attempting to rescue, which made it more intellectually satisfying for me. (7)

Followed by Star Healer.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Daily Happiness

May. 21st, 2017 01:37 am
torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
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1. It was really hot today, but it looks like it's supposed to drop down a lot tomorrow and even more as the week goes on. (And at least I was at work in the air conditioning while it was hot!)

2. We've been trying to get back into the habit of taking a walk every night and have taken one every day for over a week. I'm really hoping we can keep this up.

3. Look at these two cutie snugglers!

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May. 21st, 2017 01:01 am
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I went and saw Beauty and the Beast tonight, and actually really liked the LeFou storyline? Score one for thoughtful, nuanced analysis over premature angry judgment by a high standard of moral rectitude.

The Biometrics of Life

May. 20th, 2017 08:29 pm
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Having a health tracking band with a heart-rate monitor (a Garmin Vivosmart HR) has been interesting - while (as I mentioned previously), calculating deep vs. light sleep seems less than accurate (likely in general w/o EEG monitoring), I checked it's heart rate monitor when I went to the doctor, and it was within 1 BPM. Also, was I was specifically looking for (and why I got this device) was that it did continuous heart rate monitoring, and displayed both maximum and average resting heart rate for each day. I recently looked at it and noticed a rather impressive trend - my average resting heart rate is (presumably due to a combination of regularly light-moderate exercise and blessedly good genetics) 63-65, it does sometimes vary from that - specifically both when I visited my parents and immediately before my visit, when the average jumped up into the low 70s, which has never been true before, and clearly means that I was notably more stressed. I can tell when I visit my parents simply via my resting heart rate, which shouldn't be that surprising, but definitely is interesting.

Health Stats - Resting Heart Rate
(the days in red ones when I was with my parents)

Daily Happiness

May. 20th, 2017 12:57 am
torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
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1. Season 5 of Arrested Development was announced! I know season 4 was far from universally liked, but I loved it, so I'm really looking forward to another Netflix season.

2. As of today I've read 24 books this year, so I went ahead and changed my goal on Goodreads from 30 to 40.

3. I didn't end up having to go in to work at all today!

4. I didn't play much Zelda, but I did do the Yiga Clan hideout quest, so now I can do my last divine beast if I want to, though I will probably hold off for a while and do a bit more side-questing and shrine-searching, just because having all four divine beasts done seems so final.

5. Molly got up on the top bookshelf last night and I got lots of super cute pics of her exploring, including this one with Mr Meeseeks (sadly blurry, though). I moved him to a different shelf after taking the picture, though, so he didn't get knocked down.

Books and the Talking-About Thereof

May. 19th, 2017 04:32 pm
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I have [community profile] sps, which stands for "Slushpile sleuths," an ebook review forum created a bit before the big ebook craze. It's been sitting dormant for almost 5 years, and I'd like to change that.

Option 2: Make a book-review tumblr. Pros: Better outreach. Cons: You can't archive on tumblr, can't find anything later, and it takes to serious discussion rather like airplanes take to lakes: Sure, it can be done, but even when it works, it's pretty damned obvious to everyone that it's not how things were intended to happen. Other pros: Nobody cares if you post 30 words or 300.

Not sure where to start, and that's what I want to get feedback about. Should I just... post some reviews of books I've read? I think I'm not going to post Amazing Serious Reviews like [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll does. (Srsly. Looking for reviews? Start there.) I can write like that, but it's not fun for me; that's not how I think about books (first). I'd rather do fannish-style squee or rants.

I'd also like other people to be comfortable posting reviews, which is one of the reasons I didn't get in the habit of posting there - I didn't want to have it overwhelmed by my posts alone. But it's gotten pretty obvious that the choice is "fill it up with my posts" or "leave it dead." And looking around, none of the active book-focused comms are specifically for reviews. ([community profile] book_reviews hasn't been dead as long as this one, but the owner has been inactive since 2010.)

Why I'm suddenly noticing a community I started over 5 years ago and have barely touched since )

It'd be nice to revive a book review comm for the New More Active Shiny Dreamwidth. Extra participation would be more than welcome.

Weekly Reading

May. 19th, 2017 04:36 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Still reading The Invisible Library and am about a third of the way through.

I also started reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, which is something I've wanted to read for a long time, and Carla just happened to find it at a Little Library the other day! I only read the intro so far, but I'm really looking forward to reading more.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished two books! Finally, finally, finally finished The Mayor of Castro Street, which I started reading in early February. Although I found it slow going sometimes, it really was interesting. I was basically totally unfamiliar with any of the events, except the basic fact that Harvey Milk was a local politician in San Francisco and had been murdered.

This happened when I was really little, so I wasn't paying attention to politics or news of any sort at the time, but it's also so recent that it was never covered in school (all my US history classes ended around World War II). Aside from Milk himself, I'd had no idea that Jim Jones was active in San Francisco politics like that. My only awareness of him is as a wacko cult leader who convinced hundreds of his followers to commit suicide, so it was surprising to see people taking him seriously (even as they thought he was a bit odd).

I also just finished reading Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, another Little Library find!

Honestly, before recent political happenings, Donald Trump was not really on my radar at all. Of course I'd heard the name, and could have told you he was rich and that there's been some scandal with his first wife Ivana and his mistress Marla Maples, and that he had funny hair, but that's probably about it. Now he's unavoidable and utterly terrible and ridiculous, and it's interesting to look back at these strips going all the way back to the '80s, and see that he was pretty much the same back then, just on a smaller stage.

I also have very little familiarity with Doonesbury. I never read the funnies much growing up, and when I did, I skipped over the ones with ongoing plotlines and read things like Far Side or Garfield instead, so while I was aware of Doonesbury and could pick it out of a lineup based on the art style, I have no idea who any of these characters are or what other plotlines are going on besides the Trump theme here. So it was a little confusing in that regard, but not to the point of making it unenjoyable.

It was an interesting read and I'm glad I picked it up, but I think people who are already fans of Doonesbury or people who have more familiarity with Trump through the years and can link real life events to the portrayal in the comic would get more from this than me.

What do you think you'll read next?
The two books I've got in progress, for sure, and maybe one of these days I'll actually read some more manga again? idk why, but it seems like I'm always either in book mode or manga mode, and I just haven't been picking up the ipad lately.

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May. 19th, 2017 02:36 pm
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Saw the radiation oncologist this morning. (Two hour drive to NoVA, whee.) More info when I get home and have a keyboard instead of phone, but: I adore him, he's given me tons to research, he's willing to schedule me now but also says it's not house on fire urgent since it's not proceeding quickly enough to be an urgent situation (but he didn't downplay it either) and did I mention I adore him?

I feel very much better now that I know I have him, and will feel even better after seeing Mom's guy on the 30th.

Daily Happiness

May. 19th, 2017 01:08 am
torachan: an avatar of me done scott pilgrim style (scott pilgrim style me)
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1. Posted the second-to-last chapter of Himegoto! I can't believe it's almost done.

2. The ebook of volume one of Fulldrum was released today so we finally have good copies to work from and a proper cover illustration and such, yay. (Sadly we are almost certainly going to get ahead of the tankobon release again, considering this has only six chapters, but oh well.)

3. Work was super busy today, and working Thursday completely screwed with my sense of what day it is, but it looks like I can (mostly) take tomorrow off. I have to go in around closing to help lock up, but other than that shouldn't have to go it. (Hopefully.)

4. This Chloe tongue!!

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 99

May. 18th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Kaito and Yuki race to the hotel to rescue Mikako.



Chapter 99: Dissolution

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