LurkerWithout
25 December 2014 @ 05:09 am
Merry Christmas, happy holidays and all-around best seasonal wishes to all!
 
 
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LurkerWithout
24 December 2014 @ 12:37 am
Yays  
The brother got my internet connection for the pc back up and running. It took several hours and many beers, but I no longer need surf from the Kindle...
 
 
Current Mood: happyhappy
 
 
LurkerWithout
22 December 2014 @ 02:33 pm

Gift cards instead of random wrapped items. for the white elephant exchange so less people getting stuck with weak gifts.  Plus I won a new tv as a grand prize drawing.  And of course stuffed with free grub...

 
 
LurkerWithout
17 December 2014 @ 02:52 pm

PTAX Katniss is front and center here, as she is put up as the symbol of the rebellion.  Lawrence is especially good at swinging between angry hero and traumatized survivor.  Evil President Snow doesn't get t really push his super evilness, beyond ordering a bombing run on rebel hospital.  Though he does get revealed as having literally pumped out some the Games winners to prominent Citizens.  Also some good rebellion in action sequences involving the timber District and the power-generating Dam District...

 
 
LurkerWithout
12 December 2014 @ 05:49 am

Our last session saw the group triumphant over the dark temple's demolished caretaker.  But the battle was a costly one.  The party cleric, Terry, fell to the creative's death wail.  Meaning even if we next take down the castle 's master and break Scarwall's soul-trapping nature we still would be far from anyone capable of restoring our fallen membership...

 
 
LurkerWithout
09 December 2014 @ 09:23 pm

The general storyline is a fairly typical super team start-up.  It's a very well done and fun one with a more diverse cast than usual.  But still not much new here.  It's the robot Baymax and his purpose as a health provider and how that intersects with the grief of the lead character where the movie stands out.  That and the lush and vibrant visuals...

 
 
LurkerWithout
08 December 2014 @ 02:43 am
The home pc is basically working. But I need to figure out how to reinstall the drivers for the wireless router thingy. Without being able to go online and download drivers. Plus the LJ app for my kindle has decided to sort of load into a holding pattern. So posting will continue to slow...

On the plus side the "new" box can run Planescape though now it won't go past the start screens for Fallout or Fallout 2...
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
LurkerWithout
30 November 2014 @ 03:23 pm
Posting from kindle to wish arcaneja a happy birthday...
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LurkerWithout
29 November 2014 @ 03:51 am
The home computer is currently a bit..mostly dead.  So no adorable animal pics this week.  :(
 
 
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LurkerWithout
27 November 2014 @ 06:19 am
Another long break between sessions, this time due to the GM not being willing to mime the game while recovering from a tonsilectemy.  And we were also down our main fighter with Frazier out of town for the week.  Still we managed to not get killed by the opposing magical trap-like effects on entering and/or leaving the temple.  And even take out a quintet of spectres.  Ended up being a shorter than average session still...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
24 November 2014 @ 07:05 am
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LurkerWithout
22 November 2014 @ 07:51 am
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LurkerWithout
21 November 2014 @ 04:52 pm
Nolan really loves him some crescending organ music.  Anyway, for those who don't know the movie is about exploring a new solar system in an attempt to find a world to move humanity to, because Earth is all fucked.  Because of stuff that means most food crops are broken?  Really once the space stuff gets involved any world building is basically just hand-waved off.  And the travel times required to go from spot A to B and C to D and so forth tend to get glossed over in the second half.  Still cool worlds, black holes, worm holes, sarcastic robots, time travel, old wise man Michael Caine AND John Lithgow.  Lots of good to distract from the glossed over setting...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
17 November 2014 @ 05:16 pm
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LurkerWithout
16 November 2014 @ 08:21 am
A happy birthday to the long quiet zerographic
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Current Mood: awakeawake
 
 
LurkerWithout
15 November 2014 @ 08:07 am
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LurkerWithout
13 November 2014 @ 10:47 am
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LurkerWithout
09 November 2014 @ 05:00 pm
John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a retired action bad-ass.  Like Liam Neeson plays in 90% of his current movies.  But this retired action bad-ass used to work for the Russian mob.  But he got out because of Love.  Love for his wife, the attorney daughter from Blue Bloods who just died of the movie cancers.  But before that she sent her retired action bad-ass puppy.  So that he'd continue to have something to Love and wouldn't return to the Evil.  Then some spoiled kids rob him, steal his cool car and kill his puppy.  The spoiled kids in this case belonging to the old Russian gangsters John used to work for.  So John has to action bad-ass all the gangsters in New York...

Honestly its kind of fun in a video-game violence, angry man with a gun kind of way.  Plus lots of fun supporting dudes.  John Leguizamo, Willem Defoe and Adrianne Palicki with black hair who I didn't recognize until checking the cast page later.  I never recognize Palicki when she isn't blonde.  I mean I didn't spot her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. until the internets pointed it out...
 
 
Current Mood: okayokay
 
 
LurkerWithout
08 November 2014 @ 07:54 am
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LurkerWithout
05 November 2014 @ 09:30 am
So we spent part of the session confirming in character our understanding of how the Soul Anchors and summonings work.  Leading to the party hiring the stuck elemental-being as an NPC until we get out of the castle.  Also smooshing a mummy priest.  And me kind of scamming the party out of their share of an 80k wizard's staff.  I don't even really want a Staff of Necromancy for Fenyx, but I'm thinking I can trade it in towards buying an airship with cannons.  Regular piracy is played out.  The future is in SKY PIRATES...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
02 November 2014 @ 04:09 pm
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LurkerWithout
01 November 2014 @ 06:53 am
Birthday otters for ellakite
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LurkerWithout
31 October 2014 @ 05:04 pm
Only three free-range short pieces for September.  The GOON Squad Summer Special 2014 by Jonathan L. Howard is several short shorts showcasing brief interludes for the main characters of his "GOON Squad" series.  Kendare Blake's When Gods & Vampires Roamed Miami has a retired goddess being mistaken for a vampire by would-be child-of-the-night.  And finally Lavie Tidhar's Selfie is a quick little horror piece involving a cell-phone haunt...

Of Limited Loyalty is the second of Michael Stackpole's "Crown Colonies" books, an alt history of the American Revolution with magic and dragons and necromantic pre-human races.  Well building up to the American Revolution.at least...

Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings and Words of Radiance are the first two of his "Stormlight Archive" books.  Where he goes all-out for the Big Epic Fantasy, with these being the first of a ten-book series, as well as having them tie-in to a many worlds "Cosmere" setting that seems to involve the majority of his other fiction.  Sanderson delivers perfectly on the Epic Fantasy with a sprawling cast, betrayals, mysteries and of course plenty of Big Damn Hero moments for his leads...

C.M. Priest's Maplecroft takes the Lizzie Borden story drops it into a Call of Cthulu campaign.  Let us just say that she had some very defensible reasons for taking an axe to her father and stepmother...

Seanan McGuire continues her "Tobey Daye" series with the Winter Long.  Where someone thought dead returns, old alliances and friendships are shaken and beliefs about her enemies motivations are torn down...

It has been many years since I'd last read Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle and I'd forgotten how really, really good it was...

Conservation of Shadow is a collection of scifi and fantasy stories by Yoon Ha Lee.  All heavy on the metaphor and stylistic reintirpitation of South Asian history...

Arianne "Tex" Thompson's One NIght in Sixes is another alternate American history.  This time with her fantasy setting being the American Old West and a dangerous border town...

Stephen Baxter's Stone Spring has an interesting setting, a lush forested area now under the waters of the North Sea.  But his prehistoric peoples can kind of be summed up by saying life was short and often brutal and everything smelled like farts.  I just couldn't invest myself in any of his characters...

Orbus is another of Neal Asher's "Polity" books with increased focus on the alien Prador and dangerous secrets revealed on the history of the world of Spatterjay.  Plus lots of high end scifi gun fights...

Carla Speed McNeal's latest "Finder" trade is mostly a collection of the shorter pieces she did for Dark Horse Presents.  But Finder: Third World includes a few new sections, plus her usual in-depth footnoting and, BONUS, all in color...

Patrick Weekes follows up his delightful fantasy/caper book, the Palace Job, with the Prophecy Con.  The sequel also manages to both be a Epic Stakes fantasy story as well as a fast-paced caper story...

Dis Enchanted by Robert Kroese is a moderately entertaining fantasy story that wants to be a boffo fantasy comedy.  It was a cheap e-book and a fairly quick read...

Total Books: 14
 
 
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LurkerWithout
28 October 2014 @ 10:37 pm
Bad Words: Jason Bateman's movie about an adult who uses a loophole to get into the National Spelling Bee competition for reasons.  Which  wobbles all over the place between treating its characters as sociopaths or woobies in need of a hug.  Some funny scenes but honestly adult who plays cruel head games with children doesn't work for me...

Only Lovers Left Alive: Jim Jarmusch directs Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as melancholy vampires was a very easy sell.  Slow-paced but clever.  Doesn't try to reinvent the cinematic vampire concept and doesn't need to...

Detention of the Dead: On the other hand this last movie probably could have done with ditching of its sub-genres cliches.  Or at least done a better job of lampshading them...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
25 October 2014 @ 07:53 am
Celebrate a happy birthday with cuddly tigers, thekamisama
on da prowl
tiger cub and butterflybaby chub tigers
tiger litter
 
 
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