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Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014, 09:58 am
Superb Owl

There is, apparently, some sporting event or other today. I suspect it has something to do with Tom Riddle, as the organizers get very touchy when someone tries to actually use the name of the thing. Fortunately, a simple slide of one letter to the left produces Superb Owl, a much more glorious thing to celebrate.

What are your plans for this year's commercial-laden testosterone fest? I'm going to get a pizza this afternoon, work on music, play too much Marvel Puzzle Quest, and wait for the Captain America: The Winter Soldier teaser, for which there was a teaser the other day:



This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1647274.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 03:22 pm (UTC)
sdelmonte

We're at a housefilk for a good chunk of the day (hopefully avoiding the crowds in our journey to Brooklyn), and should be home in time for me to see the second half should it be a good game. I am a big football fan, but the bloat of the Super Bowl, the endless halftime show, the usually witless ads, none of it grabs me unless there is actually a good game happening. And at the end of the day, I still prefer baseball, which doesn't suffer from the excess.

BTW, Tom, any reaction to JKR's comments about Harry and Hermione, being that you have always shipped them?

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
filkertom: One word:

VINDICATION!

Tue, Feb. 4th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
madderbrad: Re: One word:

Hee. :-)

RIGHT ON!

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
rivkaesque

Warehouse 13/baking marathon.

Also, WTF is up with Natasha's stance/walk in the still? That has to be one of the least stable poses I have ever seen on a heroine who wasn't anitmated.

Edited at 2014-02-02 04:37 pm (UTC)

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
filkertom

What are you implying? It's not as if they Photoshopped one of the most beautiful and recognizable women in the --

Oh.

Yeah, it's pretty damn stupid. Nothing up yet at The Hawkeye Initiative about it, but it shouldn't be too long.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
rivkaesque

Yeah, and even beyond the photoshopping, the actual pose - ugh. Granted, it's not a boobs-and-butt pose, but it's still not exactly a powerful or even stable stance, is it?

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Oh, it's great, if you're overlooking the Moors, waiting for Heathcliff.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
ericcoleman

Hang around the house. Lizzie is feeling better. I'm still stuck inside for a few days.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Glad Lizzie's better. Hugs to you both.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
admnaismith

Is football not over yet? It's gorram February.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Dude, you know that if they could, they'd pipe football 24/7. At least this is it for a few months.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
alverant

I'm not sure what all I'll be doing. I spent nearly all of yesterday at the computer playing games and such so I don't really want to do it two days in a row. I think I'll go outside for a short walk (I hope all the sidewalks have been shoveled by now). Maybe make a fast trip to the market for some things. Hopefully get a jump on the end-of-weekend chores. Generally not try to spend the day sitting and staring at a screen. It's fun to do every once in a while, but I need variety.

At least I got around to trying out Shadowrun Returns. It's fun, but the save game feature needs work. There's only autosave and since you can make radically different characters for replay value you can only do them one at a time. If you want to switch from your Troll samurai to a human mage you're SOL.

ETA some people did not shovel their walks and the street plows made a few intersections impassible on the sidewalks. But it was nice to get outside.

Good luck on the music. I hope we get to hear some of it soon.

ETA again
I remember this on PZ's blog how the Wall Street Journal broke down the time spent on an average game. It's kind of sad if you think about it.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/files/2014/01/foobawl.png

Edited at 2014-02-02 06:39 pm (UTC)

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
palenoue

You're hooked on Marvel Puzzle Quest too? *sigh* Wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so frustrating. I work hard to get 200 points, go to sleep and wake up to find I've lost 300 points. And they wonder why there's such a high drop-out rate.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
purpleranger

I don't play this, so how can you lose 300 points when you aren't even playing?

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
palenoue

They have it set up as an open, unregulated tournament. This means people who spend every waking hour playing this game will always win the top prizes. Just check out their list of winners and you'll see the same six names. While you're spending five minutes playing a match three to twenty other players will be decimating your team so while you might win 15 points they'll kill you for 75 points.

Worse yet is when they stage a scenario and rig it so only their top player have a chance to win the prize. Currently it's Daredevil. You have to have Daredevil in your stable of heroes or you can't get past a certain point. However, you can't (i)get(/i) Daredevil unless you can play the scenario through to the end, or you play the tournament where only the top six people are awarded Daredevil, and you have to play 24/7 to even get in the top 100.

So, yeah, it's a fun game unless you try to accomplish anything. If you try it and get hooked just remember to never give them any money, not even a penny. If we're luck they'll go bankrupt and Marvel will hand the game off to some people who know the importance of game balance and design.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Indeed. Biggest problem is that there are gamers out there with lots of time and enough disposable income to always pile on at the top. I've learned to not get into tournaments at all unless I think I have a decent shot at the top 200. The top 50 is not gonna happen.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 12:40 am (UTC)
palenoue

The lightning rounds are fun. They only last 90 minutes so you can rack up the points without losing too many. Would be nice if they had different leagues or categories, so those with lots of money and no life could fight amongst themselves while we moderate/casual players can compete without getting steamrolled.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
purpleranger

Doesn't sound like this is a very fun game to play.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
wcg

Sunday night contra dance at Glen Echo park.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Fun!

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
wcg

I heard as I was driving home that the game turned into a blow-out. Meanwhile, I danced with about 50 different women tonight. Beats the heck out of sitting on the couch and munching nachos.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
purpleranger

I've already seen the Budweiser commercial with the puppy and the Clydesdales. Why else do I need to watch? I would rather spend the time reading.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Got that. I'm gonna link to a page with all the commercials tomorrow.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
lapislaz

Going to wait until the game starts, then go grocery shopping. It's kind of an annual thing with me - I like being all alone in the store.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
alverant

Smart. I tried going at about 1:30 and it was pretty crowded. They opened up the express lane with the slowest check-out clerk. Behind me was a woman who had about twice the number of maximum items for the express check out with a big line behind of of people who know how to count. I pointed it out to her and she said, "What are they going to do, arrest me?" CWAA!

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 10:45 pm (UTC)
dragonmakr

I can usually look up interweb acronyms, but CWAA isn't giving me anything useful. Translation, please?

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:53 pm (UTC)
alverant

It's one of Tom's tags along side of "Human Monsters". Stands for "Christ What an Asshole". People who have too many items for the express lands are one of my pet peeves. If I can tell at a glance you have more than 15 items, then you can tell too. I think she just wanted to avoid the long lines in the pre-game rush. Which is no excuse.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 12:17 am (UTC)
dragonmakr

Thanks!

And I understand the pet peeve - it was a big one when I was working as a cashier. Not much even the cashier can do about it these days.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
alverant

Logically I can't see why a cashier would have an issue. You get paid by the hour to do a job so it shouldn't matter if you do 100 customers with 10 items or 10 customers with 100 items. It's the people who have to wait longer because someone went over the limit who should be annoyed.

Emotionally, however I see where you're coming from. It's not like there isn't a sign and almost anyone who's been through kindergarten knows how to count to 15 (or 12 or 20 depending on where you are).

The other thing is that the cashier of the express lane was the slowest in the store. She's an older woman who moves very slowly and carefully. In the time it takes her to do one item another cashier can do two or three. I know she needs the job, but can't they find a better place for her? Customer service maybe?

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
dragonmakr

Way back in the dark ages (before scanners), in my store at least, it was a point of pride to be assigned an express lane. It meant that you were quick and good at your job. The floor manager knew his or her people, and where best to put them on a shift. While you do get paid either way, it used to matter more if you did your job well.

As to how the cashier might feel about someone coming through with too many items, I can only speak for myself, my "lawful good" personality - I'm big on following the rules, and was quite strict about it in my younger days. It would upset me to see people coming through the line like that. And back in the day I could tell customer that this was the express lane when they turned in with a cartful, that doesn't seem to be the case any longer. You tell the wrong person, and they'll get you fired.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
alverant

Good for you. I'm pretty sure that slow cashier has some pull. Otherwise she would be fired by now. No one wants a slow express lane cashier. If I see her at one lane I move to another. I wonder what the turnover rate is for cashiers. I see some of the same faces at the local grocery store but the Wallgreens near the office seems to have new people every few weeks (which means I have to remind the new kids I bring my own bag).

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
filkertom

:) That works.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
lone_cat

Don't know that that will happen here. Forecasters are calling for 3 to 6 inches of s**w, which is probably a Level 1 Kroger Alert -- Level 2 to be sure.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
gridlore

I'm going to watch the game, as I am a fan of football, and have been since I was a very young child. My parents were both die-hard 49er Faithful, and every Sunday was time to sit in front of the TV and watch our guys play. Or hangout with a babysitter while they went to the game.

Some of the only good memories I have of my father is going to games with him. Riding that long escalator into Candlestick Park, getting a program, then watching from the 45 yard line just under the press box as the likes of John Brodie and Gene Washington took on the hated Rams or whoever. I still miss calling my dad on game days.

I love my 49ers, and my San Francisco Giants, and the San Jose Sharks (even though I don't really get hockey). I am rarely seen in public without Giants gear on. When I first had cancer, I swore that I would not die until the Giants won a World Series. Took fifteen years, but I got that.

I have never understood the need to denigrate sports and sports fans the way some people do.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
gorgeousgary

We'll be watching the game too, and have a crockpot of turkey chili that should be ready just in time for kickoff. Plus tortilla chips and salsa for additional munching.

To answer your question, I suspect the distaste some folks have for sports comes from high school where athletes tended to be at the top of the social order and folks like us tended to be at the bottom. Thus, the sports world holds bad memories for a lot of us.

Not for me though - I'm similar in that I have a sports-fan father that I'm close with. Also went to a private high school with no football team. So I don't have those negative associations (though I certainly sympathize with those who do.)

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
alverant

Not just in high school and not just the social order. If you play sports you get preferred treatment. Schools and the law have the habit of looking the other way for things that would get regular people thrown in jail.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
filkertom

I wouldn't dream of harshing your squee. I hope you have a blast, and I hope the game is everything you want it to be.

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
gardnerhill

Fannish gathering at a Berkeley coffee shop. Enjoying a rare rainy day in California. (Figures - the rest of the country is under tons of snow and California is drying up.)

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Listen, we'll happily ship 6-10" of snow out your way....

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 01:12 am (UTC)
gardnerhill

New incentive program - every tourist who brings in one ton of snow gets one free Disneyland ticket or one free case of Napa wine (complete with tasting).

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
smparadox

I'll be recuperating from a stomach bug (not sure yet if it's an insect or an arachnid) and playing way too much Drakensang inbetween "border runs" while my wife and her brother watch the sporting event. I might even watch a little TV at some point...

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
dragonmakr

I expect I'll be working at the sewing machine… Most of the housemates are out of town, so there's no pressure to hang out in the living room (I'd only be watching for the commercials anyway). Hope it's a good game for those who like such things!

ETA - okay, I admit it.. I did turn on the TV for a bit while eating dinner. I re-watched The End of Time pt 2.

Edited at 2014-02-03 02:34 am (UTC)

Sun, Feb. 2nd, 2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
scifantasy

It's Monday morning where I am, and I'd better leave or I'll be late for work.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
qnvhrtz: Superb Owl Activity

I have been napping and doing homework for my class on "Continuous Improvement in Operations".

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 03:51 am (UTC)
alverant

Well the game is over and I'm glad the Broncos lost. I read an article about an interview with their coach and that guy is a huge jerk. He didn't want there to be social safety nets for others while he himself was never at risk for failure due to his family and social standing. It's easy to say that the government shouldn't help people when you'll likely never need help. Worse are those who look up to him for leadership.

ETA What I mean in the last sentence are those who see his life as something to emulate and admire. I don't mean in the context of football. I'm sure he's a good coach, just a bad human being who doesn't want to know about the advantages and help he's had so he could maintain the self-delusion that he did it all himself.

Edited at 2014-02-03 03:17 pm (UTC)

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
bloodywingz

Tom, I hate to say it, but you really really need to put Walking along the beach on youtube so I can get my happy suicidal fix on.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
filkertom

Whoa, yeah? Well, I'll just have you know that -- if I can figure out this software -- you might have an animated music video of that very song by summer.

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
bloodywingz

>.> Advanced notice to cover your ears. 3...2...1... *SQUEEEE!!!!* Thank you! That would be so awesome!

Mon, Feb. 3rd, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
alverant

What's this software called? I can think of several songs I'd love to make animated music videos for.