OKAY, SO. My brain has been doing things, and not good things, so it's been 7 weeks since I last updated this, and I'm getting into one of those ruts where I can't talk about new stuff because I haven't talked about the old stuff, and it's all getting confusing. SO, I'm just going to make a list, and if you guys want to talk about one of the things, you can comment.Books
Finished Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon's Gender Failure
. (memoir/book version of a show by two non-binary performers, about being non-binary.)
Finished Martha Wells' All Systems Red
. (science fiction novella. MURDERBOT.)
Finished Rose Lemberg et al's Alphabet of Embers
(anthology of SFF short stories with illustrations)
Finished Kate Elliot's Black Wolves
. (fantasy novel)
Started Kameron Hurley's The Stars Are Legion
. (science fiction. living ships, body horror, pregnancy, cannibalism, women (principally defined here as "people who menstruate and give birth",) very good if you can cope with etc)
Started Audre Lord's Sister Outsider
, have so far just read the Russia chapter. (feminism and anti-racism and memoir, essays.)
Started Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems
. (poetry, some of it very good and some of it well-intentioned but INCREDIBLY ill-considered.)Comics
Started reading Arthur Horner's Colonel Pewter
(1950s Australian serialised comic
about the adventures of an eccentric retired military gentleman and his grand-nephew and cat. And aliens. The edition I'm reading is a Lever Arch folder of strips my father cut out from the newspaper as they came out and stickytaped to the paper and filed.)TV and Movies
Saw The Eagle Huntress
in the cinema (documentary, sports, a girl and her giant eagle, highly recommended if you can cope with animal harm etc)
Watched DVD of Saving General Yang
(2013 historical action film directed by Ronny Yu, based on the Generals of the Yang Family
. Now have the terrible urge to dive further down this rabbithole and read/watch ALL THE THINGS about the Yang family. Am resisting.)
A few more B99 episodes. Met Kevin!
Started watching this BBC Watergate documentary
(hattip to rydra_wong
), am halfway through and enthralledMusic
Played David Teie's Music for Cats
for Beatrice and Dorian. (album, music composed for the benefit of cats.) Dorian seemed uninterested. Beatrice sometimes turned her ears around slightly, and might have breathed a bit faster at some points. It made me sleepy, though.
Listened to Janelle Monáe's The Electric Lady
. (album, science fiction, third installment of the Metropolis series. Yes, good, love.)
Re-listening to Rhapsody's Dawn of Victory
. (album, Italian symphonic metal.) Love the music, would like to listen to some symphonic metal that is a) less of a cishet white nerdboy power fantasy, and b) specifically less rapey now please.Games
Agreed to join a play-by-post Legend of the Five Rings game, because I haven't RPed in too long and a friend was starting one up.. Realised belatedly that I had NO IDEA what I was getting into, this is some graduate level roleplaying right here, there's over (in meta terms) over ten years of setting, and (in game terms) two millennia of setting, with complicated etiquette etc. Asked for and received GM's permission to join in later once I've disambiguated my arse and my elbow a little more. Am sloooowly reading the handbook and trying to find my bearings.
Have mostly kicked the Stardew Valley
habit. Dipped into the Kittens Game briefly for the first time in over a year, then returned to my senses.Podcasts
Caught up on The Strange Case of Starship Iris
(SF series) and The Hidden Almanac
(fantasy series) and listening as they come out now.
Listened to a few episodes of Glittership
(audio versions of queer SFF short stories)
Really enjoying One From The Vaults
at the moment (trans history), still listening in order and not caught up yet.
Re-listening to a lot of old Jay and Miles X-Plain The X-Men
(comics recaps) and Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap
(drunken reviews of convenience foods) for comfort while falling asleep.Crafts
Made a dinosaur toothbrush-holder, as seen in a lot of different crafts and/or autism pinterests and blogs. This just involves buying a $3 plastic dinosaur from KMart, and cutting a hole in its back, just large enough to poke the end of a toothbrush into. That's it, that's all that's involved. Tried making a harness for the dinosaur to hold the toothpaste as well, but this just looked sloppy, so I ended up cutting another hole for the toothpaste. This looks less neat than the toothbrush hole, but is at least functional.
Make a notebook.Garden
Basil everywhere. Capsicums growing. I should be planting kale and daffodil bulbs right the fuck now, but have not gotten up the energy yet.Other
I made breakfast for tumblr
. You're welcome?Cats
The Douchecat Combined Armed Forces chiefs of staff have moved into their winter headquarters, the chair with the heating pad on it. It's nice to have a warm base on which to smack each other.
Also tried out the toilet paper tube method of cat enrichment
. It does seem to be making them eat slower, and may or may not be enhancing their enjoyment of dinner.