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Now that his birthday is over, we can start on giftmas. Tree was put up this morning and I wrapped nearly all the presents. One nephew STILL hasn't sent out his wish list and I'm getting unreasonably angry at him. I kinda don't want to get him anything but that goes against the whole spirit.The winglets gave GeekBoy "Hitman:Ascension" for his birthday. He played it today. He really likes it. I watched for a while but it was giving me motion sickness. I think he'll be playing it a lot over his break.I decided to give my wrists a break today and didn't knit. I missed the expert level deadline, won't make the silver level, but I'm sure I'll make the ultimate deadline of next Tuesday. I just have the haramaki to finish, the Duchess' lace gloves, and the details on wing2's hat (I-cord tassels).
Today's word count (2,362 words) on the Work-in-Progress took it past the 90,000 word mark. There's still a lot to do, but I can see the end from here, distantly, and it should be no problem to make my deadline.My mother-in-law is arriving on Sunday, so I'll be mostly a laggard while she's visiting--I adore Sandy!--but I don't anticipate any problems with the MS, so I can relax and enjoy my Christmas. (Though I'll have to hop back on it afterward.)And here's your teaser from today's work:The road stretched away east, out of town, into more rolling, sunburned hills dotted with dust-laden trees. It felt like we'd come to the end of the world and the road was only an illusion that would vanish under our feet and return us endlessly to the same intersection.
Today is GeekBoy's birthday! So far it's been a good one - we slept in, went to Leena's for breakfast, he renewed his license, we went to Top Ten Toys, finished most of the giftmas shopping, lunch at Musashi's, waddled around Archie MacPhee's, got our tree, and came home. He's playing Zuma Deluxe on his computer, the winglets are also on their computers, and as soon as I post this, I'm going to curl up on the couch and continue knitting the haramaki. (Wing1 came up with a design she wants on the front panel so I get to count stitches again)
When we’re in production on Tabletop, we shoot two episodes a day. Each episode takes around five hours to film, and by the end of the fourth or fifth day in a week, we all get a little silly from sleep deprivation.
Before they leave for the day, we ask all the players to sign a few copies of the game they played. We keep these signed games in a vault at Geek and Sundry, and give them out as prizes, or offer them for select charity auctions.
Last season, when we were shooting Lords of Waterdeep, I went to sign the cover of the game, and thought that the artwork sort of looked like Escape From New York. I was feeling a little silly, so this happened:
This copy of the game lives in the Geek and Sundry offices, and will remain part of our permanent collection.
Speaking of Tabletop, here’s what’s coming up for the rest of this season. If you own a game shop, you may want to talk to your distributor about getting extra copies of these upcoming games, if you experience what I’m told is called The Tabletop Effect:
Oh! And speaking of Lords of Waterdeep, which is one of my very favourite games of this year, the iOS version is really great.
This is one of Anne’s very favorite dad jokes.
In other news, I think I figured out how to make fonts look snazzy in GIMP.
Let’s get this right on the record: I loved this movie, and in fact, I loved it more than the first one.
Picoreview: Overall a tighter experience than the first one, without the need to do all the setup, and there was much less superfluous action. There’s a lot more changes to the core Hobbit storyline that yeah, diehard purists will definitely object to–I’ve already heard and read a lot of those objections. With wry apologies to the purists, I don’t share those objections. Every one of the changes totally worked for me in the context of the story Jackson’s telling in this movie, so I have no qualms about them whatsoever.
Which means that yes, as I pretty much expected would be the case</a>, I am ABSOLUTELY a Tauriel fangirl.
Overall my expectations, set by the first movie, were in the B- range. I was so delighted by so much of what I saw in this second installment that I gotta bump up its grade to a B+, though!
So let’s get into the deets, shall we? Shining starlight-colored spoilers behind the cut!
Above-cut ETA: Dara has her review post up now right over here, in which she brings up the point about Tolkien’s work as a mythos, and myths getting changed and reinterpreted. And which she also points out very correctly that representation does matter, and that’s a big big plus for having Tauriel in the movie.
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Mirrored from angelahighland.com.
Rather large pictures of the hat I knit for my nephew behind the cut. Sorry for the crappy pictures but hey, I suck at photography.( red is the outsideCollapse )
Year-end highlights reel (usually, this is the first sentence from first post of each month. This year, though, I've hardly posted at all, so I'll give the first sentence or two of each post):January: I just concluded today that Arisia is not in the cards for me this weekend.February: The neighbors who started a feud two winters ago over the parking space in front of my apartment just helped me dig out my car and Rachel's with their snowblower.2nd post from February: A kind of cool thing happened to me last night. The poet Katherine Riegel, who edits the poetry e-zine Sweet, wrote to me to say that a class she teaches at University of South Florida had a discussion on Wednesday of last week about my poem "Real Estate," which she published in a past issue of Sweet.[I did not blog in March]April:[Actual first sentence] I've got to stop thinking my blog posts are ever going to be as polished as the stuff I write for publication.[First substantial, on-topic sentence] The opponents of same-sex marriage have had years to make their case, and so far they haven't come up with much.[I did not post in May through July.]August post #1: Yesterday, girlyengine wrote a facebook post about a typo--typing furry when she meant fury, in an erotic context, which of course made it funnier.August post #2: Two weeks ago, I had no opinion about Miley Cyrus. Two weeks from now, I would like to continue to have no opinion.October post #1: Dreamed last night I was sitting at the table, and I saw a very small helicopter out of control in the back yard.[also adding the last sentence from that post]: I woke up still trying to decide if I should give Boehner a copy of Scheherazade's Facade.October post #2: I know it's exciting appearing in a music video, and being licked by a pop star.November: I will probably never be asked to write an episode of Doctor Who, because a. I'm not that well known, b. I haven't written for television, and c. I'm not British. And while the first two can be remedied, the third is a condition I will live with the rest of my lifeDecember post #1:The tree that fellMondaywas sawed off and carted away.[Note: this month I appear to be posting poetry on my blog]December post #2: I will not subject anyone to my singing voice just yet.[This is introductory. Again posting poetry--for some value of that word.]