kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
I am going to be crossposting to Dreamwidth and LiveJournal. If you're doing the same, let me know so I can drop you off my default filter on LiveJournal. I'd like to make this into my primary journal, so if you're active on both I'll follow you here instead.

EDIT: lololol bye LJ

About "grant access," since we're all probably going to have to get used to that being its own designation now:

I rarely post anything that I would be uncomfortable having strangers read, but sometimes I do lock things because I want to keep them off of search engines or make sure that real life friends, family, and coworkers don't see them.

If I've granted you access, and you don't know me, it's nothing personal and I won't be insulted if you choose not to add me back. But, I'm here to talk to people, so I'd be thrilled if you do.
kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
Imagine that you're this guy:



This is your life:
"This potion master has been trying to teach shadow magic for five years... but the congregation keeps passing him over for less-experienced Serthis."
You're tired and frustrated. You just want someone to recognize your skills - but no matter what you do, no one wants you. When they passed you up for Bob, that asshole who wouldn't know shadow magic from his own shadow, you decided it was time to take some time for yourself. A small vacation, maybe.

So you slithered off to the Sandswept Delta. A couple of your buddies came along; you know your complaining annoys them after a while, but they're good friends and listen anyway. While you're relaxing with your tail in the water, telling them about how awful Bob is, some dragons show up. Goddammit.



You don't really have the choice of whether or not to fight them. Fighting is what you do. It's always been this way and no one knows why. This time, you're defeated, and one of the dragons takes you home as a prize. You're "wary" - but over time the dragon bonds with you. You even begin to lend the dragon your expertise. It's kind of nice to finally be appreciated.



But then one day your dragon goes out and comes back with another Serthis Potionmaster. A dragon can't have more than one familiar, and a dragon clan can't have more than one familiar of the same type. And what's more, the dragon finds it more rewarding to bond with you than to be bonded. She's in love with falling in love, not so much with maintaining that love. She no longer needs you.

She could sell you. Dragons love gold and gems and there is a thriving trade in sentient creatures. You tried not to think about it too much - but now the threat is very real.

But yours will be an even worse fate. She's an alchemist - she knows how to transmute matter into other forms. Sure, sometimes you cringed when she threw live fawns into her bubbling cauldron, but your friend Craig was also an alchemist, and you're kind of used to the panicked squeals. You never thought it would be you. But now it's you.

She picks you up. You see the cauldron. It pulses with malevolent green energy.



You scream.

You become muck.

kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
I finally joined the dragon version of neopets - is anyone else a member? We should be friends. Here's me.

I'm always way too easily amused by the in-universe implications of game mechanics. As soon as I started playing, I had to find find my dragons food. Does Flight Rising avoid the uncomfortable truth that in order for your dragons to eat meat, animals have to die? No. It leans in. One of the first things I fed my dragons was an adorable pink owlet with big eyes.

And then there's transmutation. You can boil down anything into sludge: trinkets, raw materials, wildlife, familiars. The last one demands some thought. We know at many of the familiars are sentient, based on their flavor text. Do they scream as you throw them into the cauldron?

I'm not going to even address the fact that your dragons are directed to breed by an invisible hand, and their ugly children sold off to serve the gods.

I think the world of Flight Rising is a terrifying place.

Arrrrrgh

Jul. 5th, 2017 05:14 pm
kutsuwamushi: (bloodthirsty)
I can rant all day about how Tumblr ruined fandom, but right now I'm annoyed at a specific thing:

People misusing tags to get attention for their stupid, uninteresting blogs.

I'm talking about when someone posts a vague "AU idea" or "imagine" that doesn't have anything to do with a particular fandom, and they tag it with every popular fandom and pairing they can think of to get the most views. For some tags I'm monitoring, there is more of this bullshit than actual relevant content.

And people like and reblog, validating the behavior. Meanwhile I'm sitting on my hands even though I just want to reply, "STOP DOING THIS, UGH YOU ARE THE WORST."

Tumblr incentivizes this bullshit because blogging on Tumblr, unless you already have a social circle, is like posting into a black hole. You have to catch the attention of people through tagging in order to build followers. And the social currency is likes and reblogs, not discussions. So you can understand why people do it.

This is one of the ways I think that the LJ model is much better. Sure, I don't have many active followers, and it's a lot slower than it was back in the glory days, but there are some people who will read this. Someone might even comment, and it will be a name I recognize, rather than an anonymous person who just like my post because it had a certain keyword in it. I don't need to collect huge numbers of notes in order to feel like I'm connecting with people.
kutsuwamushi: from a Married to the Sea Comic (edumacation)
I don't often recommend a Youtube channel but I'm gonna do it now.

I've been watching Lindsay Ellis and it's so worth it. She does, broadly, intelligent and snarky film criticism that's grounded in film studies (though not always academic in tone). Her introduction to film studies through the Transformers is both hilarious and educational. Sadly, it's only up to five parts (out of twelve) so I have to wait for the rest.

She also has a series called Loose Canon, which is about archetypes and famous characters in popular culture, and a collection of longer, one-off video essays. I particularly enjoyed her take on why Disney's Hercules was such a weak movie - because, while she's super-critical, she's coming at it as a Disney fan.

In general that is what is so satisfying about it: Even when she hates a movie, like RENT, she doesn't make a video full of hot takes and snark. She explains why, from an informed and critical perspective. The snark is the seasoning rather than the point.
kutsuwamushi: (*raises eyebrows*)
Fandom secret post: I finally saw Moana. It was AMAZING! I cried like four times. But...I think this was the WORST villain song of any Disney movie I have ever watched. It was weak as fuck (especially compared to the other music).

It was great, and even more so because it was Jemaine Clement doing David Bowie doing a crab.
kutsuwamushi: (gotta bail)
I learned about My Dad Wrote A Porno late - I've been catching up over the summer.

If you don't know about it, here's the basics: A guy's dad decides to write "erotic literature," after having never written anything else in his life. Instead of pretending it didn't happen, the guy grabs his two friends and reads it aloud to them on a weekly podcast.

It becomes a podcast sensation because it's super fucking funny.

What really charms me about the whole show is how innocent the three of them are. They're not prudish exactly - it's more that they're discovering the joy of terrible erotic literature for the first time*. Sometimes I just want to say, "Oh, bless them."

The novel itself is perfect. It's not really shocking - so far the most out-there fetish involves some unwise usage of spaghetti sauce. It's just really, really bad writing all-around, and sometimes makes you question what is going on in the author's head (if anything). My favorite WTF moments aren't even during the sex scenes - although those are also pretty WTF due to the author's terrible grasp of female anatomy.

* Oh my God, I just realized that it's basically an audio version of a fanfic MSTing. I just remember that fanfic MSTing was a thing! And that I did them!
kutsuwamushi: from a Married to the Sea Comic (edumacation)
I know I shouldn't, but I still get irritated when people use "popular" to describe things that are common but don't involve a preference or choice, e.g. "it's popular for languages to conjugate for person and number."

It seems that they're still mostly not using it for negative things - so it's still not synonymous with "common." But it's also not my meaning of popular, either.

I think I'm starting to understand what it feels like to be an old fogey afraid of language change. Help, the world is leaving me behind! I'm mortal and will die.
kutsuwamushi: (feminism)
So over on tumblr I subscribe to meninfantasyart, one of those ubiquitous art aggregators. And I've noticed something.

It goes like -
horromonster
bishounen
demon
bishounen
orc
glowing demon something
orc
wtf even is that
heavily armored bishounen


It's not supposed to be a cheesecake account, so while there are a few pretty men in there, the illustrations for the most part aren't about sex appeal; they're about how imposing, powerful, and intimidating these male characters are. The sex appeal, if there even is any, usually flows from that.

Meanwhile, I'm also subscribed to a few more general illustration aggregators. These also aren't cheesecake accounts. Women show up far more often than men, and they're always pretty, and usually presented in an non-threatening way.

So obvious of course. This won't surprise anyone. But it does get old.

MOANA

Jun. 17th, 2017 09:29 pm
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I finally watched Moana. It took a while - but I knew I'd be interested since I first heard about it, though.

I won't bother summarizing the movie much since everyone probably knows the basics: Moana has to voyage across the ocean to find Maui, a shapeshifting demigod, and make him restore the heart of the goddess Te Fiti - which he stole a thousand years ago, causing a growing darkness that now threatens to engulf her island.

I really enjoyed it. The animation is great, the story is entertaining, the performances are wonderful, and .

There are some things that I didn't like - but these are really dangers of the genre. I've never been a fan of musicals, and the earnestness is sometimes too much for me. Also, I felt like that parts of the beginning werea bit "Intro to Polynesian Culture 101", in an awkward way - but it probably makes sense when you consider that the primary audience is kids.

Did I mention that it is based on Polynesian stories? I didn't, because you probably already know. It's not just window-dressing, though, which is important.

There's another thing that just occurred to me, as I was writing this:

Moana is the daughter of the chief and from the beginning is assumed to be the next chief of the village. There is no mention at all of this being unusual. I'm so used to "girl power" storylines, where the girl has to triumph over prejudice by proving she's worthy. It was refreshing to see Moana's gender not matter at all - to see girls already accepted. It's not ignored, but it really doesn't have anything to do with the story. (Although it does make the ending more powerful.)

So, I think it's worth seeing, if you haven't yet. I don't know that I like it as much as I liked Mulan, but I liked it a lot. If you're the type of person who doesn't generally get excited about Disney, but likes a few of their movies, this one is worth checking out.

Here is a tumblr post I made about the landscapes. Columnar basalts!
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Lot Type: Residential
Lot Size: 30x30
Lot Price: 12,704
Playtested: Incompletely


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So I tried -- and mostly failed -- to make a lot based on Chungking Mansions. It would simply be too large to be playable. So here is a scaled down building. It's still a large lot with a lot of objects but so far it's not lagging. I blocked off large areas as if they were under construction to conserve resources.

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So, I have complained to [personal profile] sudaki on several occasions about how my stupid cat Ping is too stupid to understand how to bury his poop, which means that when he poops in the middle of the night, he goes through a 10-20 minute ritual of pawing at the litter box, sniffing his poop, pawing some more, moving around the mat in front of the litter box, sniffing, pawing -- and then finally giving up and leaving the poop unburied.

Lately he's been taking to pawing at any dirty laundry I leave on the floor as well, shuffling it towards the front of the litter box.

Today when I got up, I discovered a pair of my underwear in the litter box, almost but not quite covering his goddamn poop.

Gross.

Hilarious, but gross.

I guess I'm going to have to stop leaving my dirty laundry on the floor.
kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
Oh my god, y'all.

I finally got around to watching Legend of Korra. I was afraid to - I knew going in to it that it could never match up to the first series, and with only twelve episodes, there would be so little room for development.

And yeah, it had some issues, but nevertheless, I am a fan. Specifically, a fan of:

Mild spoilers )
kutsuwamushi: (music 2)
Yo dudes check out my music tumblr. Features exactly one song a day -- a mix of video and mp3. If it's working right you can stream the mp3s before downloading.

It's only two weeks old and it feels like I'm posting into a void, so like go check it out and stuff.

I'm also toying with the idea of a fannish tumblr but I'm not sure I like it yet.
kutsuwamushi: from a Married to the Sea Comic (edumacation)
Via BoingBoing:
"Unlike the "modern math" theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, A Beka Book teaches that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute....A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, and workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory." — ABeka.com
A Beka is a textbook company that services the fundie education market. And they dislike set theory. The BoingBoing post goes into just what it is about set theory that pisses the fundie set off, and it is both interesting and horrifying.
kutsuwamushi: photo of Fever Ray being all goth (serious face)
An interesting blog post about being a Muslim in politics, sparked by Bachmann's most recent attempts to stir up hate.
kutsuwamushi: (they see me rollin')
I was chatting with [personal profile] sudaki earlier, and I said

HEY, I'VE BEEN LISTENING TO THAT ONE-TWO-ONE-TWO SONG ON A LOOP

and she laughed.

And then I said

I'VE EVEN INFLICTED IT ON OTHERS

and she made an exclamation of horror.

You see, if you were to try to create the most infectious and persistent earworm, perhaps by pitting earworms against each other gladiator-style and then only breeding the victors together, you might end up with something like this song. She sent it to me for my birthday, and I've been listening to it since. (It's been months.) I can manage a week or two without hearing it -- but then, I'm struck by the urge to play it again.

But, on the plus side, it's a GOOD SONG, despite being dorky. It's about TACKLING LIFE'S CHALLENGES or something. Or maybe about kicking puppies; I don't know Japanese so I have to trust [personal profile] sudaki.



There, now I've infected my friends list.
kutsuwamushi: (*raises eyebrows*)
Someone in my apartment complex has been practicing playing the bagpipes for the last half hour.

I'm not kidding.

I'm also not sure where exactly it's coming from, because if I was, I would be over there right now congratulating them on their bravery.
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This one is based on this building, which is this really weird combination of modern, boring concrete block and HELLO ROOF. This is basically just a shell in which I've placed a rabbithole rug.

Lot Type: Academy
Lot Size: 42x42
Playtested: Why?



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