Boo

da - alistair 3
Well, it's official: I didn't properly import my backstory into DA:I. It wasn't at all clear that we needed to download the world state off the DA Keep site. So we started over -- and there was a confirmation screen this time. Still, 12 hours lost! At least it should go faster this time.

Update: I just repeated the conversation from our first attempt at DA:I that clued me in that all might not be well with my world state, and it went much more satisfactorily this time. I suppose it was worth starting again. Otherwise, it would have nagged at me the entire time. I'm just glad that T was completely willing to do so.

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Okay, finally some actual thoughts on DA:I

da - aeducan
Spoilers up to the Hinterlands, including information about the dwarf PC background. We've probably played around 10-12 hours but I suspect that number is pretty meaningless, as people spend different amounts of time on sidequests. We've barely progressed the plot at all, and still have only the original companions.

Gosh, this world sure is pretty. Also, grumping about the game import function having possibly failed.Collapse )

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Mockingjay Part 1

ffx - shiva
I saw it this afternoon with R&S. Quite liked it. I continue to prefer the movies to the books, largely because I prefer the broader focus of the movies, not being quite so deeply inside Katniss's head. I've noticed a number of reviewers saying negative things about the decision to split the book into two movies. While I rolled my eyes pretty hard when the split was announced, I actually think it was the right choice. And I don't agree at all with criticisms that the movie seemed bloated, too exposition-y, not enough action. I felt like the pace and level of detail was just about right. Maybe the decision to make four movies instead of three was financially motivated, but it's working on an artistic level for me as well.

Spoilers, but only if you haven't read the books.Collapse )

Good movie, good performances. Great casting -- Julianne Moore is pitch-perfect as President Coin. Recommended.

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da - aeducan
But I don't think I've ever quite fallen so far behind as this. And I'm not really going to update now, either, because it's late, but I did want to mention that we've gotten through the prologue and are now futzing around in camp. Much more tomorrow, I hope.

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Random thoughts from a dress rehearsal

ffx2 - paine glance
Second dress tonight. We're doing a traditional dress rehearsal in concert order, which both unusual for us and has the side effect of half an hour of downtime for the chorus in the middle. Usually they organize things so that all of the choral pieces are together, but this time we had some logistical things that needed to be rehearsed. So now I'm hanging out and listening to the orchestra play Vaughan-Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves", which is not a piece I know, but it's pretty so far. Even if the conductor does keep starting and stopping.

Concert tomorrow.

Update: now the orchestra is playing "Waltz of the Flowers" from the Nutcracker. Half the chorus is bobbing their heads or swaying back and forth in their seats. I wonder how many of them even realize it? :)

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Finger update

ff13 - vanille
I took the splint off today. Typing is still awkward, in part because I keep forgetting that I can use it (amazing how completely you can learn a new habit in only four weeks), and in part because it's quite stiff and a little bit numb and tires easily.

The tip is definitely not 100% straight (har har), but range of motion is returning, and I don't care if it's a little unsightly as long as I can use it. I'll see how it goes.

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I can haz Inquisitor?

da - seeker
First look at my DA:I player character behind the cut. Apologies for poor iPhone photo "screenshot". No spoilers beyond the character creator, if you've been following pre-release info that includes the character names.

She's more tough than pretty, but I'm on board with that.Collapse )

I'm sure I will have much, much more to say later.

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Happy Inquisition Day! (no spoilers)

da - seeker
I got my shipping notice for DA:I last night, and it put a huge grin on my face. I probably won't actually get to start playing until tomorrow, since I have a dress rehearsal and won't get home until too late. Unless I can convince T that we'll have time to at least play the opening cutscene. Maybe character creation. A little bit of gameplay?

This is going to be a slippery slope, isn't it, leading to the spot at the bottom where we look up and it's 3am on a worknight.

As long as I'm here, a reminder that I have to imagine ought to go without saying, but then again there are some new folks about (hi, new folks!!), so here goes: please, please, for the sake of me and for other folks reading this journal, please no spoilers for DA:I in comments. I will be very clear how far I am into the game when I post about it; feel free to post information up to that point, but no further. Thank you, so much.

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Fringe rewatch

fringe - olivia
Ever since I finished Fringe, I've been meaning to go back and rewatch it from the beginning -- it seemed like a show that would benefit from watching with the full context in mind. Recently, I finished the first season (except for that random "mystery of the week" ep that got slapped on out of order at the end), and so far it has not disappointed. Spoilers, not just for the first season but for the entire series.

Cut for spoilers, cut cut cutCollapse )

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DA Keep!

da - aeducan
We ran through Dragon Age Keep tonight to set up our import for DA:I.

A few thoughts behind the cut.Collapse )

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Hey look

cats - silver kitty
Anyone else doing the December Posting Meme (lots of slots left in mine if you haven't left a request yet!), [personal profile] theladyscribe is running a friending meme connected to it.

If You Build It, They Will Come

A response to the common complaint that no one posts at DW because no one posts at DW. Well, here's a bunch of people, getting together to post at DW, so why not connect them together? Built-in audience, hooray! Check it out if you're interested.

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Stuffed

cats - lexi innocent
For the second night in a row, T and I went over to a friends' home for dinner. Last night: Mexican take-out. Tonight: home cooking (chicken parmesan, and we made a salad, and someone else brought pie and ice cream). Both nights: good company, great conversation, and way too much food. It's a good life.

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Talking Through December

quote - eliot hollow men
I did this meme in January and really liked it. It looks like folks are doing it in December this year, and that sounds good to me.

The Meme:

Pick a topic, and on some day in December I will post something about that topic. It can be fandom-related or not. Pretty much anything you've ever seen me post about unlocked, or comment on in other venues, is fair game. If a topic is uncomfortable for me (too personal or potentially identifying) or simply something I know very little about (unfamiliar canon, say), I may ask you to make a second choice. If you want to request more than one topic (say, up to three), feel free, but if I get more than 25 or so requests I may pick and choose between them.

The List:

  • Photo essay with cats, requested by [personal profile] renay

  • Final Fantasy thoughts, particularly on IV, VII, IX, and XII (will probably be broken over a couple of posts), requested by [personal profile] sathari

  • "Favorite quests in Dragon Age Origins & II, why they struck you or stayed with you, and (of course) what choices your Wardens and Hawkes made," requested by [personal profile] ossobuco

  • Favorite fanfics, by myself and by others, requested by [personal profile] halberdier

  • My typical writing process (or "writing" process, depending), requested by [personal profile] wallwalker

  • Character types I like to write, requested by [personal profile] yohjideranged




Yours?

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Dining out

teamoose
One of my favorite restaurants in SF is reportedly closing by the end of the year (the owner claims he won't be able to afford the new SF minimum wage, which, whatever, dude, it's a slow rise over three years, and your restaurant is popular; just jack up the prices a little and you'd be fine. Seems to me he was looking for an excuse to get out and took the opportunity to score political points -- he made the statement before the proposition even passed) so I went with a group for dinner tonight. A bowl of sangria, a pile of macaroni and cheese, apple crisp and make-your-own s'mores at the table. It all adds up to a good night, especially when you add in casual conversation with four of my best friends.

This is my Thursday Night Dinner crew -- a rotating group of about 20 people who take turns arranging dinner at a restaurant, almost every week on Thursday night (or sometimes Wednesday, depending on schedules). And this has been going on continuously since 1998, which is rather amazing, really. Sometimes we try new places, other times we visit old favorites. Luna Park is one of those favorites; I'd say we get there about once a year, on average, usually when I'm craving comfort food. I'll miss it, but I'm sure I'll find something else I like just as well. And hopefully the next one won't balk at paying its staff a living wage.

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Meta meta

art - gorey neville
I suppose, given how little I've posted here over the past months, it's good that I've gotten all the way to the 12th before I really felt like I didn't have anything to say. It's been a little weird, letting so many of my posts being quick dashed-off thoughts, rather than asking myself to sit down and type out something more substantial. The typing limitations are a part of that, of course, a rather large part, really. Part of me feels odd, dashing off daily life one-liners on my journal -- isn't that what Tumblr is supposed to be for? On the other hand, the upside of putting them here is that folks are more likely to see and comment on them. Getting off Tumblr and back into journal-land is nice in so many ways. It's more relaxing, and it's nice to know that I can actually keep up with what everyone is posting, and to have actual conversations with folks again (inasmuch as I can find the typing points to reply to comments, which I apologize for not being able to do).

Anyway, this is a bit of a meta ramble, but meta rambles are part of what my journal has always been for. :) It's kind of nice to have that back.

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A couple of SHIELD-y thoughts

marvel - peggy carter
Spoilers through this weeks episodeCollapse )

I do like this season so far, but mostly I keep wondering: Is it time for Agent Carter yet?

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Cursed!; Programming note

da - isabella
So yesterday or the day before, T and I were out driving, and he made an offhand comment about how I hadn't been called in for jury duty for awhile. I should have made a sign to ward off evil or something, because guess what came in the mail today?

December 9th. Yay.

Meanwhile, tomorrow Bioware will lift the embargo on spoilers in reviews of Dragon Age: Inqusition, which I suppose is as good a time as any to make my Tumblr hiatus official. I've barely been over there since my Hawaii trip anyway, so it's more a formality than anything. By the way, have I mentioned how nice it is to see more Tumblr people following me here now, and more folks commenting? Definitely nice. :) Welcome aboard!

I also need to finish my signup for DA Holiday Cheer tonight. That'll be a good note on which to take a Tumblr break. (Is it wrong that I'm actually looking forward to this Tumblr break?)

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Other DA fans will appreciate...

da - aeducan
The pleasures (if you can call them that :D) of being on the other end of a live text while someone else is playing through the end stages of the Deep Roads for the first time.

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Home caffeination

coffee
For many years, I have been without a means of making coffee at home. When I'm working, I pick up coffee on my way to work, and on weekends we eat breakfast out pretty often, and there's a cafe I really like across the street, and T doesn't drink the stuff, so it never seemed worth it. I used to have a four-cup coffee maker, but it was just taking up space, so we got rid of it long ago.

But now that I'm not going to a job every day, I've been thinking that it might be nice to have my own tools. And then I went to Hawaii, and there was no way I could get out of Hawaii without a bag or two of Kona coffee. I love the stuff -- it's so smooth, especially a nice dark roast. And this time I discovered Ka'u, another Big Island varietal that I really enjoyed. So I decided it was time. Last weekend, I picked up a small French press and a coffee grinder, and I used it for the first time on Wednesday, and again with our bacon and eggs today. It's described as "three cup", but that's in old-fashioned tea cup terms. It's actually 12 ounces, which is enough to fill one mug with a generous helping of milk (fortunately I like my coffee with milk). Which is fine, because I really shouldn't be having more than one cup a day anyway. Good stuff, easy to use, a lot easier to clean than fussing with paper filters. Thumbs up!

I doubt I'll use it every day -- I do enjoy a good latte, and the cafe across the street will sell me one for less than $2. But it's nice to have the option, and control over my own bean supply.

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Someday...

the doctor is in
I will write a thoughtful and interesting blog post again. This is not that day. Unexpectedly long, didn't get nearly as much work or personal stuff accomplished as I would have liked. Just one of those days. Not a. Bad day, mind you, just busy. I look forward to spending my Saturday not doing much of anything at all.

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