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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."

I'm back

Jul. 18th, 2016 07:37 am
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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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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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The ones that are a quandary, and the ones that have been (sort of) satisfied.

Investing in more game capabilities: GPU? Wii U? Wait for NX? )

At long last, PoPoLoCrois. )

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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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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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!

Tinkering Win; Counterfeit-avoidance Fail )
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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

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )
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I remember when the PSP Go came out. No physical media?? I thought it was the worst idea ever and nothing could have induced me to buy one.*

Now, Nintendo has given me the 3DS eShop and it's the coolest thing ever, to the point that suddenly, I think I could give up cartridges with alarming ease.

I guess Sony just tried it too soon.

But anyway, one of the joys of the eShop is --- free demos! Which fits right in with how, in my previous big ol' video game rant I said I should dabble more, so I have, and a couple of these demos have stood out...

The titular two demos: Fire Emblem Awakening and Bravely Default )
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I took a couple months off from the book challenge, but I'm back on the job with the "book published this year":

"Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)" by Stephen Prothero

Kind of a clickbaity title, huh?

Thoughts and challenge progress... )

Oh, and I owe you all a post about video game demos, too.
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Been too long since I posted. As usual.

I never did do a post-mortem on [community profile] insert_coin; I both wrote and received stories for Zelda II: The Adventure of Link; I think both stories came out very well!

And I think I overdid it on the book challenge and burnt myself out a bit, so I've been taking a break lately, but hopefully I'll get back into it soon.

The matching video game challenge I invented... Well, I never have fully committed to it, although it's given me some nice thoughts. But that feeds into the actual topic of my ramble, because...

I am in a really weird place when it comes to video games. )
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First, random note, Natsume Yuujinchou is getting another season! OMG I'm so happy!!

But anyway, book challenge.

I'm late logging this one, but my latest fill was the "book you've already read at least once":

"A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft

Thoughts and challenge progress... )
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My next fill in the 2016 Book Challenge is the "book published before you were born":

"Kindred" by Octavia Butler

Thoughts and Challenge Progress )
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I just stopped worrying and posted the Zelda fic.

Granny Syrup's Charms for Ladies (3098 words) by foxinthestars
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Characters: Link (Legend of Zelda), Malon (Legend of Zelda), Syrup (Legend of Zelda), Ezlo (Legend of Zelda)
Additional Tags: One more sidequest before the dungeon, (mostly) Silent Protagonist, cartoon violence, Sex Ed topics, all pretty innocent though, trigger warning: embarrassment

Trouble at Lon Lon Ranch sends Link on a sidequest to discover Witch Syrup’s secret basement inventory, but even once he makes it in, just what it is she’s selling down there is a puzzle to him.

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After noted delays and other assorted slowdowns, my fourth fill in the 2016 Reading Challenge is at long last the "book you've been meaning to read":

"Rising Strong" by Brene Brown

Y'all probably know I'm a fan, and this book was her unknowing birthday gift to me last year; the release date lined up quite closely, so as one of my presents I dragged the parents to a B&N and had them buy it for me, and only now did I get around to reading it.

Her previous books were about showing up bravely in your life, but as she openly says, if you're brave enough often enough, you're going to get your ass kicked.

This is the book about what you do then.

It's as awesome and brain-rearranging as the others, and I find it perhaps her most practical book so far.

Beyond that, I'll let the author speak for herself:

Challenge progress and what's next )
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Random notes, last Friday I went to the nearest indie movie theater and saw the Animated Oscar shorts (Sanjay's Super Team and Bear Story are my favorites), and the new Michael Moore movie, which I highly recommend to Americans who are open to seeing Michael Moore movies.

And last night I finished up the first of the three stories in PopoloCrois PSP. Still chickening out of finishing Minish Cap, though.

Which actually segues neatly into the title topic. So awhile back I posted here (F-locked) and on a couple of DW/LJ beta search comms looking for a beta for my Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap fic, and got no response. This is not meant to be a guilt trip, nobody is obligated (and I have been a stranger a lot, I admit).

Thing is, I don't know what to do now.

I checked the Yuletide beta spreadsheet, nothing LoZ related.

I tried facing my fear of fandom-specific spaces, but on LJ and DW it turned up mostly cricket sounds. (I dunno, do people handle this stuff on tumblr these days? I should give tumblr another try anyway...)

I have a RL friend or two who might be willing to look at it, but they probably wouldn't be familiar with the source material at all and it's, like, scary...

Posting it unbeta'ed is always an option, and experience suggests that I can usually get away with it and not regret it, but maybe that's just more chickening out?

I just don't know.
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So, my primary fandom of the moment is The Legend of Zelda. And I must say I am not used to confronting so much merch for the thing I like. (I mean it ain't Harry Potter, but it sure as hell ain't Psychic Force, or even Castlevania.) I'm actually oddly relieved at how little of the said merch fits my taste or my idea of a reasonable pricetag.

Highlight of the Day: my local Hastings had a vinyl backpack in the shape of the original gold cartridge. It was a thing of beauty. It was also fifty effing dollars. At that price, I'm content to just be happy I saw and touched it.
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With encouragement from [personal profile] batman and as a complementary adaptation of the 2016 Reading Challenge, The 2016 Gaming Challenge is a go!

Since a good, meaty video game can be a bigger undertaking in its way than a book, I declare that six or more fills equals a win, but if you take the challenge, you yourself know best what score you want to shoot for!

Fill options include:

-A game released this year (2016)
-A game you can finish in a day
-A game you've been meaning to play
-A game chosen for you by a loved one
-A game you've previously abandoned
-A game that intimidates you
-A game you've already solved at least once
-A game with an unusual control scheme
-A game you should have played when it was first released
-A game released before 1990
-A game you own but have never played
-A game that has been the subject of controversy
-An award-winning game

(Yes, that's thirteen. I consider it a lucky number.)

If you're moved to invent additional bonus points, please share them!

Here we go!
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In the book-reading challenge I am in fact working on the "book you've been meaning to read," but a thought occurred to me and I wondered, what about a similar challenge for playing video games?

Thoughts under the cut... )
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My latest fill in the 2016 Book Reading Challenge is the "book chosen for you by a loved one" (which as mentioned last time is broadening the stated parameter a bit, but I think acceptably). My Mom and I traded small stacks of books that the other could read any or all of*, and in my case I picked just one:

The book: "Amaryllis" by Jayne Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz)

Thoughts under the cut... )

*In case anyone's curious about the stack I gave Mom, it contained: "The Gifts of Imperfection" and "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown (looks like Mom's working on Gifts now), "Guards! Guards!" by Terry Pratchett (the binge-read was in part pre-screening it for her), and "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau (if you've ever wanted a post-apocalyptic story that was, like, cozy and hopeful...).
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So I took it in my head to get back into anime and actually picked up a few new shows this season:

ERASED: (Japanese title: Boku dake ga inai machi, lit. "The town where only I'm not there") Basically a thriller with a supernatural time-travel element. Compelling and promises some good depth.

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: A mature period drama about the challenges of an artistic life, showcasing an obscure traditional Japanese theatrical form? HOT DAMN! Yes, the crossover audience for something like this is pretty narrow, but I am so totally in it. (The theatrical form in question, Rakugo, is a bit like stand-up comedy with a traditional canon of routines.)

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash: This one is closer to "on probation" than the others. It's a "trapped in an MMO (or suspiciously MMO-like fantasy world)" show* that sets itself apart by being at once gritty and humane, looking more seriously at what it would be like to be plunked down in a place where you have to murder goblins for a living. At least so far, it mixes in enough charm to avoid descending too far into grimdark, but we'll see if that holds up. (There is a bit of annoying fanservice occasionally, but the show itself almost seems to slyly undercut it, to me. Also ep. 1 has a "camp gay" character, but at least they have the decency to be a badass and not take any guff.)

And I'm still slowly catching up on the previous season of Snow White with the Red Hair, haven't gotten into the new stuff yet. Still largely fluffy and wholesome, although as of ep. 8 it may be taking on a bit more of an edge.

*These things are a genre unto themselves in anime these days, even as The MMO Grinder scrapes the bottom of the barrel for material. Yeah, not sure what's going on with all that... (And it doesn't really matter if I'm not because my crappy internet connection couldn't handle an MMO even if my graphics card and social inhibitions could.)


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