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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LurkerWithout
24 October 2014 @ 06:11 pm
ac sam v robot 001
 
 
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LurkerWithout
18 October 2014 @ 07:47 am
fall dog 1
fall dog 3fall dog 2
fall dog 4
 
 
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LurkerWithout
16 October 2014 @ 08:23 pm
Also, fellow player Matt found this to share with the group:

 
 
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LurkerWithout
16 October 2014 @ 08:04 pm
We started this session by crossing over from the top of one section of the castle to one of the towers.  Where several spells were spent getting everyone across a 150' gap under high winds.  Plus mean ol' stupid GM wouldn't let us use the siege weapons in the tower to bombard the evil temple...

So down the tower we went.  On the second level was a juju zombie general, who likely would have been dangerous if we hadn't mobbed up on him.  Then down to the ground floor.  Where first a couple more minotaur skellies, followed by a trio of improved hellhounds.  Who were tough and dangerous, but likely would have been less so if we handn't filled their room with quick-freezing molten obsidian.  And a grease spell.  And a stinking cloud.  And an ice storm.  Also if Thrumm hadn't been caught at the opposite side of the room with the hell hounds between him.  And the rest of the party bottle-necked at a doorway...

Still we triumphed despite it all and ended the night with the party waiting for the various spell enviromental effects to wear off...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
13 October 2014 @ 04:07 am
Have a happy thanksgiving Canadians...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
11 October 2014 @ 07:53 am
sleepin pup
sleepy pup
sleepy shiba 1sleepy shiba 2
 
 
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LurkerWithout
08 October 2014 @ 10:51 pm
A mystery in four acts.  Except they basically bust open the mystery in the second act.  And then its more of a psychological thriller.  With a theme of What is marriage throughout.  Excellent direction by David Fincher and great acting all around.  Tyler Perry especially stands-out as Affleck's celebrity lawyer...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
06 October 2014 @ 04:12 pm
ratqueen cleric 001
 
 
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LurkerWithout
04 October 2014 @ 07:53 am
bow tie cat
cat with fox toyinner ragetie kitty

knit cap cat
 
 
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LurkerWithout
30 September 2014 @ 10:38 pm
Short Fiction: Ray Wood's In the Sight of Akresa is a fairly depressing story about denying your true self and letting your lies damn those you care about.  Then issues four thru six of John L. Howard's supers series Goon Squad.  And finally Hero of Five Points by Alan Gratz is an entertaining bit of "Gangs of New York" steampunk style that serves as an intro to his full length novel series...

Jaye Wells' Dirty Magic is a better-than-average urban fantasy/police procedural.  With the War on Potions replacing the War on Drugs...

At the Queen's Command is the first in a trilogy by Michael Stackpole, a fantasy alt history for the American Colonial period.  The conflict here is the equivilant to the French/Indian War with the names changed...

The latest Ring of Fire  book is from the team of Eric Flint, Georg Huff and Paula Goodlett, 1636: the Vienna Waltz.  Mostly set up for bigger events still to come and shake out from mainline events.  Still I enjoyed seeing the mostly grown up Barbie Consortium and Sewing Circle entranpeneurs...

The Illana Andrews finally have Kate meet her dad in the latest "Kate Daniels" novel, Magic Breaks.  Where I think the main lesson is that he's basically an asshole DM who likes to show off his latest crazy-ass dungeon design...

The Widow's House continues Daniel Abraham's "the Dagger and the Coin", with more heroic bankers vs. the evil empire and its mad priest hood.  Also a depressive dragon...

Bluebell Hall by Kayla Basha is a cute little YA romance set at a magical girls school...

I think what draws me to the cheaper self-puplished supers stuff like R.J. Ross's Steampunk Time (latest "Cape High") is nostalgia for being college age and part of the "Superguy" mailing list.  Though this latest of Ross' fluffy supers series does go a beat deeper into the world building..

The weirdest/intresting-est bit of old Ed McBain "87th Precinct" crime books like Fuzz is police work data tracking in a pre-computerized era...

Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins is difficult to sumarize.  Its a bit magical alt history with what seems to be a Russian perspective.  And some spies vs. revolutionaries with alien god-like beings in the background.  Intriguing but not a quick read...

T. Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon, creator of the great ended webcomic DiggerToad Words & other Stories is a wonderful collection of her fairy tale inspired short fiction...

Scott Meyer's Off to be the Wizard and Spell or High Water are fantasy books where wizards are all people who basically stumbled onto the computer cheat codes for reality...

Finally Chris Moriarty's Spin State is the start of a scifi trilogy where the main FTL transportation slowly degrades your memory.  Leaving people dependant on electronic back-ups to maintain the accuracy of their own past.  This book concentrates on a military commando forced to confront the past she hoped to have buried in order to solve a murder and keep a political crisis from blowing up...


Total Books: 14
 
 
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LurkerWithout
29 September 2014 @ 07:03 pm
ginger lumberjane 001
 
 
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LurkerWithout
27 September 2014 @ 07:31 am
babbeh ottersbaby otteh 1
baby otteh 2baby otteh 3


baby otteh 4
 
 
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LurkerWithout
26 September 2014 @ 04:18 pm
Had a longer than usual break between sessions due to a child's birthday.  Stupid children and their enjoyment of celebrations of aging!  Anyway in the fourteenth sesssion our group moved up to the 3rd floor to look for more mini-bosses to stomp so that we could then hopefully go back and take out the main boss.  This lead us to a balcony type area and a trio of what were probably the last of the castles' gargoyle brutes.  Which we seemed to handle well enough, despite E missing the session and thus we were short one arcane archer.  At least things went easily enough until some kind of arch-devil ambushed us while flying and under greater invisibility.  Which led to the death of poor Ona? Una?  Krogar the 1/2 orc's witch follower.  She was wrung out like a wash-cloth by some nasty area effect withering spell...

The batlle with the devil led into the next session and the return of Thrumm the archer.  And also to the devil getting glitterdusted for a second time and then having her greater invisibility dispelled.  And her falling to a final crit from said archer.  After that the rest of the session was finishing up mapping the rest of the top level, finding a secret treasure room (thanks to Krogar's use of Knowledge: Engineering) and then the hoard of the ancient dragon/warlord/evil crown.  So we stopped there, pausing to rest and let Thrumm and Terry the Halfling Priest finish up the bookkeeping for their leveling...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
25 September 2014 @ 07:05 am
Happy birthday to Joe aka the_outlaw aka bccreations
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LurkerWithout
22 September 2014 @ 03:05 pm
p ugg 001

I'm actually not sure if this is Naifeh's cover.  It kind of looks like his art, but it says variant.  But I can't spot an artist signature to tell if its one of the four variant cover artists (Joelle Jones, Mike Norton, Warren Wucinich or Allen Passalaqua) listed in the credits...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
20 September 2014 @ 07:47 am
fall catfall hedgehog
fall dog 5
fall dog 6

umbrella frog
 
 
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LurkerWithout
19 September 2014 @ 02:47 pm
A happy birthday to drakinfar
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LurkerWithout
18 September 2014 @ 07:57 am
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LurkerWithout
13 September 2014 @ 08:00 am
caracal kittenskittehscaracal kitten on prowl
 
 
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LurkerWithout
11 September 2014 @ 05:52 pm
That was honestly more than a little depressing.  All that spycraft and interogation and illegal kidnapping and informant cultivation all leading to nothing.  Nice to see Phillip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final roles, even that involves growling a vaguely German accent.  Because everyone in Hamburg, Gemany speaks English because of marketing...
 
 
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LurkerWithout
09 September 2014 @ 05:59 pm
at marce 001
 
 
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LurkerWithout
08 September 2014 @ 07:51 am
Happy birthday to poetheather who got heavy Arizona rains in their honor...
 
 
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