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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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Video Game Longings

The ones that are a quandary, and the ones that have been (sort of) satisfied.

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Anyway, with the deck cleared of one epic game project, I feel like I can start on another one, and I plan for it to be Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Although I did go exploring what I can still get from the PlayStation web store for my PSP, just had to get the PS1 Classics version of Symphony of the Night, and in fiddling around with it I'm like "it has been way too long since I played this"...

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Fairy Tale Ending

I finally finished PoPoLoCrois for PSP! Dang, how many months did that take? (Took about 45 hours on the game clock in the end.)

Will have to post in more detail later...

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Advance Wars: Thrift and Consequences

Thursday I was in a local thrift store and saw an original-model Game Boy Advance for $3, complete with a game stuck in it. At that price I couldn't resist taking a chance on it, although I didn't expect much.

(I also bought a self-consciously daring backless dress, but that's a story for another time.)

Anyway, the GBA and the shocking revelations it revealed!

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Book Challenge 8/12

My latest fill in the 2016 Book Challenge is the "book you own but have never read." OMG SO MANY OF THESE YOU GUYS. But the one I went with:

"A Rare Benedictine: The Advent of Brother Cadfael" by Ellis Peters

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