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Pandora woes

I'm trying to get a Pandora station going with an East Asian feel -- lots of erhu and shamisen, that kind of thing.

I have to monitor it constantly or it veers off into new age boring stuff or really hip-hop-ified stuff. Like, I'm mostly letting Kitaro slide because the pickings are so slim, but I need a zero-tolerance policy on birdsong and loud backbeats.

Then it'll occasionally throw in European early music --- which I LIKE, but NOT HERE, OKAY?

OTOH, I hadn't heard of Jia Peng Fang before this, so that part's cool. (Maybe I should just save that YouTube playlist and call it a day, actually...)

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Using guinea pigs as guinea pigs

Me, writing anime fanfiction:

"I just keep worrying if I'm capturing these people's full complexity..."

::stops, blinks, suddenly amused at herself::

"I'M SO HORRIBLE I'M TURNING CARTOON CHARACTERS INTO CARTOON CHARACTERS!" XD



PS: Yes, of course it is a valid concern, but anything that can puncture my perfectionism is helpful for me.

PPS: And the title is because yes, of course this was inspired by the MST3K line from one of those cheesy mad scientist movies: "Those animals! They're using guinea pigs as guinea pigs!"

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Book Challenge 10/12

My latest fill in the 2016 Book Challenge is the "book you should have read in school." As things turned out I interpreted it less as "book that should have been assigned reading" than as "book I wish to goddesses I'd had when I was that age," but here it is:

"Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls" by Jes Baker (aka The Militant Baker)

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Nintendo brings the Joy

So the "NX" reveal finally happened, and I'll have to stop saying "NX" and start saying "Nintendo Switch." Just a teaser trailer for now, there's a lot I'm still waiting to learn before I'm ready to hand over my money, but it looks damn sweet:

However, you see those controllers that slide on with that satisfying snap?

Those are called "Joy-Cons."

The rest of the branding was so good, too, but just... My first reaction was that that sounded vaguely naughty. Like that should really be the name of a sex toy. (It would be a good name for a sex toy.)

And then later I thought, well, they are smaller pieces of tech that attach to a larger piece of tech and enhance its power. They're like Mini-Cons. Made of Joy. So like, Nintendo's got some Transformers/Care Bears crossover fanfic going on here.

(And yes, I totally want the fan-art of Transformers with Care Bears and/or Nintendo controllerlets stuck all over them. Not enough to draw it myself, but it seemed worthwhile to share the mental image.)

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Book Challenge 9/12

I let the 2016 Book Challenge slide for quite a while, but I'm back on the case with the "book that was banned at some point":

"Candide" by Voltaire

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'Tis the Season...

I'm doing Yuletide again. I've become quite committed to doing it every year as a personal tradition. (Like, it and one other exchange per year seems to be about right.)

Still planning my offers, and taking it as a push to explore some canons I'd been meaning to get to or thought would be good to see but never had. I should probably keep mum about what those are, but it's been fun, and I'm down to one thing I want to dive into before I finalize my plans.

I guess I can say some things I've looked into but decided not to offer, though.

I had been meaning to read A Redtail's Dream and am now about halfway through. Really liking it, but the Finnish cultural context is vital to it, and I don't know enough about that to competently write fic. So, crossed off the offer list but still open in a tab to finish reading soon. In general I have this annoyance where if I go into a comics store/section, I want to want something, but I can never find anything I actually want; webcomics are probably just a better place for me to look.

Also due to this I got around to playing the Stella Glow demo on my 3DS. Looks interesting (and very very anime), but I finally crossed it off the list due to the money and time commitment that playing it through in time to write something would entail. It's on my wishlist now, though.

Anyway, my Dear Author letter should be posted early next week. It'll mostly be prompts recycled from previous exchanges, but what the heck.

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You know, it means making stuff

I love the word "generative/generativity" as I've seen it used lately, although it does make me a bit sad that we've apparently mucked "creativity" up to the point we have to make a whole new word to say "like that without all the baggage/BS."

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I'm back

I'm back home from my adventure. I don't feel up to the details right now, but it was awesome.

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Setting off on an adventure

My lovely Unitarians are sending me to a week of church leadership training, so I'll be away until probably the 18th or so.

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