Man v Squirrel

Feb. 21st, 2017 12:16 pm
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Another epic battle between good and evil! Or at least me and a mail-stealing squirrel.

I know it wasn't a finalist

Feb. 20th, 2017 05:51 pm
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But did Robot & Frank get nominated for the Hugo?

If it's wrong

Feb. 20th, 2017 01:45 pm
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to work out the two levels of Mad Science behind the origin of a character I will likely never play, I don't want to be right.
(also, I like the idea of a super-villian dog named Deadly Sirius. He's embittered over having the mind of an Einstein in the body of a dog breed with a lifespan of a decade. Maybe a decade and a half if it's lucky)

Crochet Poppy

Feb. 20th, 2017 05:35 pm
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On the request of one of my father's carers
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Wanted to create a unit of enhanced lifeform super-soldiers, taking otherwise expendable kids, trying to duplicate documented Origin Events on them, then training them to be loyal and competent troops. So, in these effete days they might run into a legal issue over the child labour angle.

Could they disguise it as a sports program? Or dance? Nobody seems to mind what gets committed to make athletes and dancers.

(no subject)

Feb. 19th, 2017 11:44 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lilliburlero

Has DC Comics

Feb. 18th, 2017 03:42 pm
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Ever mentioned which Canadian federal ministry deals with metahuman affairs?

found online

Feb. 17th, 2017 08:31 pm
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According to the National Institute of Health, the average resting heart rate: for children 10 years and older, and adults (including seniors) is 60 - 100 beats per minute. for well-trained athletes is 40 - 60 beats per minute.

Because I had a consult with my sleep doctor last week, I happen to know what my heart rate is: 53.


Feb. 17th, 2017 05:43 pm
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My phone is developing little quirks, like its browser not posting to Facebook and not reliably charge or connecting to my laptop. Sad me.

Waiting for the bus

Feb. 17th, 2017 05:12 pm
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I became aware something was watching me. It was the feral cat I feed. I was at Krug and Lancaster, four blocks from where I feed it. And it was farther up Krug than I was. How big is this cat's range?

Abusing physics for trivial purposes

Feb. 16th, 2017 12:10 pm
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If a particular friend runs Masks again, I am planning on playing what the game calls a "Bull":

Someone changed you, made you into a perfect weapon: superhumanly tough, incredibly strong, and uniquely skilled at fighting. Decide how each of those abilities manifests.

What I thought would be funny is a Lightning Bruiser, a speedster whose shtick is Read more... )

Reading, Listening, Watching

Feb. 15th, 2017 08:28 pm
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Reading: When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time by Michael Benton. This was recommended as part of The Primeval Writer's Bookshelf on [ profile] primeval_denial. I'm only two chapters in so at the moment it's mostly doing a quick history of paleontology.

Listening: I listened to an episode of Doctor Who: The Writer's Room which I discovered via The Doctor Who bookclub. The idea is to look at the writing on Doctor Who. This particular episode was on Terry Nation and was focusing on his two non-Dalek stories. Although the writing was discussed it was a lot closer to a more generic episode discussion than I expected. Still, I've downloaded the next and we shall see.

Watching: We watched Persuasion last night on the grounds it was Valentine's Day. I had forgotten (or not noticed) how often this story involves two characters involved in some interaction which is causing other characters to map the outcome onto their own thoughts about their own affairs. This made the experience a little exhausting since G. kept needing all the nuances explained to her.

True story

Feb. 15th, 2017 02:54 pm
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In 1969, when we were living in a trailer waiting for our house to be built, I was making a peanut butter and jam sandwich when it occurred to me to try PB and butter instead. It was awesome. I ate it while reading Marvel Super-Heroes #19, the one with Ka-Zar.

So if I can remember that, why did I spend a minute looking for the Kobo I was holding in my hand?

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