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It is not until March BUT OMG SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! This venue is really nice and cozy and it should be a real treat to see Weird Al in this kind of setting. They gave me a presale code since I was a member of the online fan club (i.e. I get the newsletters) so I was able to log in today.

Tim was like "That's a Tuesday, it is a school night for Sylvia" and I was like "It is Weird Al and it is so worth it."
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This has not been a good month for my wallet and it is all my own fault.

I mean, I thought it was a good idea to take my Mom to Torrid to buy her something as a birthday gift and ended up buying myself $100 worth of stuff. Then we walked next door to the shoe store and I had mentioned I was looking for flats and we ended up browsing and it was BOGO %50 so then she picked out two pairs she wanted and I figured those would be a good birthday present too. And, of course, I found some shoes too (I cannot resist Beatle boots and they had boots that were Beatle-shaped). Plus I took her out to lunch.

THEN because I shopped at Torrid they gave me MORE coupons which were expiring this week so...yeah bought some MORE stuff there.

AND THEN Library Comic had a Kickstarter for an enamel pin set and at first I was like "eh okay" but then I saw they had a shirt that said "I'd Rather Be Weeding" and I am the WEEDING QUEEN at my library so I NEEDED THAT SHIRT! So I pledged the $30 for that.

Somehow I also stumbled upon a Last Unicorn Tarot Deck Kickstarter and I wasn't interested in the deck but when I looked at the rewards they had a set of enamel pins, which I have really started collecting because 1) I can wear them at work on my lanyard and 2) they don't take up as much collecting space as action figures or t-shirts. So, yeah, just pledged to that to get the 10 pin set because how could I just pick 3??

And now I'm sitting here with my fingers crossed that I can get a fan code for the Weird Al concert tickets that go on sale tomorrow, which I'm sure will not be inexpensive.

OH and for some reason, like, three games on my STEAM wishlist when on sale and I was craving something new to play so I bought them all - which was really just 4 games and they were all at least %50 off, so not as much damage as it could have been but...yeah

Retail therapy, I guess? Maybe this is how I prepare for fall. Squirrels store nuts, I stock up on video games and pin.

On the flip side, I have been cleaning downstairs and working on getting rid of some things and reorganizing my displays. Here are some pictures of how I amused myself the past few nights:



orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)
Is anyone interested in Sims 2 + several expansions? They have been collecting dust in my closet for a few years now. It's PC/DVD. I make you SUCH a deal!

Doing a bit of Fall cleaning and finding things I haven't touched in ages and playing the "keep it/sell it/toss it" game.

This has also led to me being distracted by old toys and rearranging my collections a bit...expect pictures soon (if you follow me on Instagram, sorry for the spam! I was having too much fun!)

Also, I'm clearly not into body sprays as I have three bottles of the stuff, still mostly full, and I think they are ~5 years old?

Okay, after all that cleaning and organizing, I've earned some game time!
orangerful: (force awakens)
Day 4 - Underwater


Day 5 - long


Day 7 - shy


Day 6 - sword
orangerful: (sheetcaking)
So the "Trump Administration" just changed the ACA law, allowing businesses to decide whether the women they employee should have birth control, citing religious beliefs.

My brain is ready to explode, I'm just so...what the hell is this? Why should someone's boss get to dictate if they have access to certain kinds of healthcare?

Of course, if our country had a REAL healthcare system in place, this wouldn't be an issue, but because we are linked to jobs to get healthcare, this bullshit comes up.

If YOU don't believe in birth control, then that is YOUR choice, not your bosses, not your husband, THE WOMAN'S CHOICE.

If you decided to run a business, that was your choice. Guess what? You KNEW going in that you would have to provide health care for your employees because YOU STARTED A BUSINESS! So deal with it. You not only have to provide women with birth control if they want it, but you gotta make and decorate a goddamn cake for the gay couple.

If you don't want to do that, then don't be the boss. Go work in the trenches.

If only the GOP had such "moral" issues with, gee, I dunno, the NRA and other people that sell guns to anyone and everyone.

I need some sheetcake to scream into.
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This was the first image that popped into my head...clearly inspired by that moment in Disney's Snow White where she eats the apple and we just see it fall from her hand afterward.



I told my brother about Inktober and he sent me a random sketch for today's theme and it was almost the exact same image - hand, bottle. Sibling brainwaves, am I right?

One of my twitter friends was very worried when he saw this. He was like "are you okay???" but that at least made me feel like my drawing skills were decent enough!
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I used to doodle all the time when I was a kid. Drawing, like so many other things, was a great way to exercise my mind and feel good about the finished product.

Of course, then I encountered people with natural talent and it made me embarrassed and I kinda stopped doodling in public.

BUT NOT ANYMORE!

I'm not that great, but I want to start working on drawing again, if only to amuse myself. So here is my first drawing for Inktober2017:



The themes were "swift" and "divided" but my brain just came up with this. I'm sure if you stare at it long enough, the themes fit. :P

Tomorrow is POISON and I already have an idea...here's hoping I can get the picture in my brain onto paper!

Want to join in the fun? You can find the prompt list here or just draw what you want!
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I LOVE Rifftrax - I mean, I was a fan of MST3K back in the day, so it only makes sense that my love transferred over when these guys started to make fun of modern movies and more.

Today, they are giving away 4 free Riffs if you download their new and improved app. The Riffs are "just the jokes" but with the new app, you can turn on the movie and your device will hear the audio and sync up automatically! Can't wait to test this out!

The free Riffs are for Iron Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Twilight: New Moon and Star Trek V. Once you've downloaded the app, just search for each title and hit "download" to make it yours. They say "free" in the corner.

I can tell you from experience these are perfect for gatherings with friends (especially if adult beverages are involved) or when you're home sick and need to laugh between the coughing.

Grab the app and the movies Riffs before they change their mind!
orangerful: (browncoats)
Movies:

Kong: Skull Isand: 3 stars
The moment when Hiddleston's character charges through the toxic gas, nimbly lifting a gas mask from a fallen comrade, then slices through prehistoric birds with a samurai blade...that was the moment I knew I was watching something special.

IT: 4 stars
Just the right level of creepy for me, as I am not a horror aficionado and pretty much a wuss. But I wanted to see this in the theater because I read the book and saw the original miniseries back when I was a teen (and my bet is that is part of the reason this movie is doing so well - lots of nostalgia factor for 80s kids)

All of the teen actors were fantastic and Skarsgard was mesmerizing. It could have just been a film of him staring creepily at the audience in that clown make up and I would have been horrified.

Like 'Stranger Things', this was a love letter to 80's movies, not just horror but all of the adventure and friendship stories of that time that were full of child actors but were technically not just "for kids" (I couldn't help but smile when the kids rode out on their bikes together and the score felt like it was paying homage to John Williams, the flutes reminding me of E.T.)

Really curious about how they are going to make "Chapter Two" work in this new format without the constant flashbacks of the original story. They made some changes to the book for this, so hopefully they can tweak things for the sequel to keep things just as disturbing.

Television:
The Good Place:
Rewatched this show with Sylvia just in time for Season 2 to start. Just adore this show. Also, if you've seen Season 1, you should definitely read this article about The good places: The uncommonly decent TV worlds of Michael Schurr for a look inside the mind of the creator.

Blackish
Finally discovered the joy that is this show. I don't know why I put it off so long, it just kept getting bumped down my list. But now I am hooked, we've been watching at least two episodes a night for the last month.

Handmaid's Tale
SO HEAVY but so good. Scary, upsetting, unsettling...this show makes my heart race during every episode. I'm not sure how many seasons I could handle, I hope they have a plan laid out.

Gravity Falls
Only a few episodes left in this series, I will be so sad when it is over. :(

Speechless
Season 2 just started and we watched the premiere episode last night! First I was laughing so hard at how much Ray's voice dropped. But it also felt like maybe they had some notes from producers about making the family less of a mess? Here is hoping the find the right balance and don't lose the magic of the show. I would be happy to see the DeMayo family a little bit more together but their frantic lives did make for some great stories.

Vietnam
Mentioned this before, only watched the first episode so far but this is a story that all of us need to watch because so few of us know all the details.
orangerful: (belle and a book)
Lucy and LinhLucy and Linh by Alice Pung

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


One of the more low-key "outsider trying to fit" stories I've read in awhile. I mean, there was some drama with the entire "Mean Girls" dynamic of the Cabinet girls, but otherwise this was kind of calm? Or maybe it is just that whole thing about how teen girls bully and it is all psychological, though I really felt like most of Lucy's torture was her own because she couldn't quite fit in.

I will be leading the discussion for this book during the 'Books for the Beast' conference in October so I will be curious to see what others have to say about it, especially the teachers and students, who are more "in" this world than I am as a public librarian.



How to Fake a Moon Landing: Lies, Hoaxes, Scams, and Other Science TalesHow to Fake a Moon Landing: Lies, Hoaxes, Scams, and Other Science Tales by Darryl Cunningham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I really liked the *idea* of this book but the execution, not so much. I wish it had just been straight text, maybe with a few graphics to illustrate some of the issues, but the graphic novel format did not help the author make his case any better. I could have read more on some of these subjects and perhaps even more rumination on why "deniers" have become so trendy and pervasive in society over the last few years (though I'm sure The Internet is part of the problem).

Still, I did learn from this so extra star for that.



The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the AmazonThe Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon by Greg Pizzoli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I went into this book knowing NOTHING about "The Lost City of Z" or Percy Fawcett (I have not even seen the movie). This was a great introduction for an adults and I think middle grade kids would eat this book up. It is kind of a sad story though, as Pizzoli says in his notes at the end, that Fawcett's tale really has no finale. I think this would be a great book for a kids book group because I think discussing Fawcett's choices would make for some deep thoughts that everyone would want to discuss.



Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of ConfusionDazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I saw this book on the new cart and could not resist - the colors on the cover POPPED and, wait, is that a BATTLESHIP?

An amazing bit of history that will pull in both students interested in war and those interested in art. It's all about thinking outside the box (or boat?). I wish color photos of these ships existed, they must have been a site to behold!

This would be a fun class project, to learn about the Dazzle ships and perhaps paint a small model of your own.



Momma, Did You Hear the News?Momma, Did You Hear the News? by Sanya Gragg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So sad that this book has to exist, but I am glad that it was published and that my public library has it available. Important little book, very well done.



The Wendy ProjectThe Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I put this book on hold and then forgot why by the time it appeared on my desk so I went into it not remembering that it was a reinterpretation of a classic story. I think it was better this way, to read and slowly piece things together, the same way Wendy does as she searches for her lost brother. It works well as an extension of the Peter Pan story. Beautiful but sad, yet the ending touches upon an issue that I'm sure a lot of people have with the original story - would you abandon your parents for Neverland?



AloneAlone by Christophe Chabouté

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There are more words on the jacket flap then are in this book, but it is just as rich in character and story as any prose novel. I think this one will stay with me as time goes on, as I think about Alone and his lighthouse world. The dictionary. And the two sailors, sometimes talking, sometimes yelling.

Beautiful black and white illustrations, I read all 400 pages in half an hour, though with more time, I'm sure each panel has more details than I saw on my lunch break.




Currently Reading:
Prophecy by Ellen Oh - my last Books for the Beast book yay! It's okay but not something I would have kept reading if I wasn't required.

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager - fascinating collection of LGBTQ+ historical individuals. Pretty much like short stories so easy to pick up and put down during lunch break.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero - Only a few pages into this but it feels like Scooby-Doo meets IT. We shall see if it can keep it up. Has a long holds list so I might not finish it before it is due back.

All in all, not a bad month of books. At least I'm on track to finish my assigned reading for the conference on October 28th!

How did everyone else do this month? Hope you had a few good reads of your own!
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(from this tweet)

Look at the little witches!!! This is going to be so adorable!!

It's from the same developer as Stardew Valley.

No release date yet though, they are saying 2018 but there are 12 whole months in the year!

Just take my money Chucklefish!
orangerful: (senua)
Finally got around to watch the first episode of The Vietnam War, the new Ken Burns documentary on PBS. It is all streaming for free on the PBS website and after watching the first episode, I can already say this should be required viewing for everyone.

I'm not sure about you, but we never even got to the Vietnam War in history class. I think we may have glossed over it one year, when summer was fast approaching. It barely got a mention, probably because it would have been far too complicated to explain in a matter of days to a bunch of teenagers ready to be done with school.

The first episode is long, almost 90 minutes, and it is entitled "Deja Vu" (1858-1961). The story of Vietnam's long struggle for some kind of freedom is laid out and what a mess it was. The episode switches back and forth every few minutes to footage from the war, creating eerie parallels and a sense of all this has happened before, and all this will happen again (and again, and again). It was pretty much like watching someone dig a hole, yet they are standing in the hole while they did it, totally oblivious to that fact and then, after that hour and a half is over, you are looking up out of that hole going "oh...shit" because there is not way out without making a mess of things.

I have to applaud all of the people they interviewed for being so honest. Some of the statements made so far were kind of shocking, and you can tell by the look on the people's faces as they say them that they know what it all stemmed from looking back, but at the moment those feelings were real, that horror was real, that desire to fight was real.

It feel so far away and so recent. This is one of those moments in history that we tend to ignore because it was so messy, but it is also a point in history that changed the United States forever. Burns made a comment in an interview that many of the problems we are wrestling with now along party lines start here.

Anyone else watching?
orangerful: (force awakens)
has anyone been to Costa Rica recently?

Brainstorming a "Girl's Trip" for February and this was my friend's suggestion (and it is for her - she is a Mom of two and I suggested we get away for a few days so she can just have some time to herself and leave the kiddos with Dad).

I mean, I've been practicing my Spanish for a few months now! Duolingo says I'm 50% fluent so that should at least be able to get us to a hotel and airport...and the library LOL (because every foreign language teaches you how to ask where the library is!)

Anyway, if you've been to Costa Rica and have any tips/tricks, let me know!
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Yeah, I made a Senua icon. I'm obsessed. Deal with it.

I can already feel the gaming hangover setting in - anything else I pick up to play I'm like "Ugh, this is not as emotionally engaging as Hellblade!"

I did pick up Witcher 2 again. I do enjoy that game but I can't play it when Tim's daughter is around because the Witcher does love to get it on with the ladies. The sex scenes are pretty explicit, even if they are a little ridiculous since the graphics are not top notch (the game is several years old). I need to read the novels, Tim has all of them, and they seem like fantasy I could actually get into.

If you are in need of a spooky game for October, we just finished Layers of Fear and it was CREEPY! Tim could hear me screaming from downstairs because there were so many jump scares and startling moments. I actually made Sylvia control the character because I was too terrified. It says to play with headphones on but I couldn't even play with the lights off LOL. It doesn't have a whole lot of replay value but if you can get it for $10 or less, it's worth it.

We are going to see "IT" tomorrow after work. Which means it will be a long night because the movie is just over 2 hours LOL. Oh well...I may have failed to mention the run time to Tim. Shhhhh
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Come work with me! My library system is hiring Library Associates. All you need is your bachelor's degree in ANYTHING and fantastic customer service skills - though a willingness to do storytimes would also help in most cases.

Click here for details

Feel free to share with anyone you know who lives in Maryland and is job hunting. This is a great gateway position into public library work! (Outside of Maryland is fine too, but it is expensive to live here so just know that going into it)
orangerful: (lara croft video games)


So, I can't stop thinking about this game. I flew through the 8 hours of gameplay time (well, it took me more than that because I am a very cautious fighter LOL) and I miss Senua already.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is the story of a warrior woman whose lover was murdered by invading Norsemen and she has decided to go into hell to free his soul.

But Senua is not a normal woman - she hears voices. Her mother heard them too. They whisper to her, constant companions since she was young. These voices have kept her separated from the rest of her tribe, which is why she wants so badly to find Dillion's soul - he was the one person who truly cared for her. I know this sounds cliche, but I have to say that love is the one force out there that will make people challenge gods, even if those gods are not their own.

I love how the game just drops you into the story - no tutorial mode, not even a flash of instruction on the screen to coach you. You must figure it out (even if that simply means hitting "pause" to bring up the control menu) - the game designers have faith in your abilities to play from the start and they don't want to pull you out of the narrative to go through some clunky "What does the A button do?" screen or cheesy flashback to find an excuse to learn how to make your character walk.

I really feel like this game is another great example of video games as art. I feel like to show how a thing is art, you must give examples of how it brings out emotions in us that no other format can; how it can tell a story that would not be nearly as powerful as just a printed page or even as a moving image.

I played Hellblade as the creator's suggested: with headphones on. This let me experience the voices the way Senua did - hearing them immediately as our shared quest began and growing both frustrated and fond of their chatter. I don't think the printed text of a novel could have done this for me and while I can be emotionally connected to a character in a movie or tv show, you can't become them the way you can in a video game. And while I don't think I was ever Senua, I felt like I was with her the whole way.

I know this game is already getting a lot of push back from people with mental illness. Ninja Theory, the game design company, did a lot of homework in trying to represent the different ways psychosis can feel. I've seen at least one reviewer who are not happy because they suffer from mental illness and didn't think the game represented them, and I can understand that. The designers could only do so much and they reached out to professionals and got as much feedback as possible but they can't know what it is like for someone and no game will really ever replicated that experience.

I am coming from a completely different place, and this game really made me think a lot about all of the voices in everyone's head and how some of us can shrug them off and others are forced to hear them. The voices of self doubt, of fear, of resignation beside the voices that also push you on. I've never suffered from psychosis and I can't even begin to understand what life would be like for someone living with it, but for those 8 hours, I had those voices in my ears and it made me think of how hard that can make everything - if I was struggling in a fictional world to run forward and stay focused, what must it be like for someone in modern society? No idea, I know I can never know.

While I didn't love the ending (too soon, I wanted more), I loved the game as a whole. I really enjoyed that it was more than just a button mashing fighter game and that the (thankfully few) boss fights all had strategies to them. It reminded me of Legend of Zelda and how each "boss" was more than just a simple fight, you had to pay attention. There were just as many puzzles and hidden things to make me want to keep going, and bits of Norse legend peppered through-out which made me want to go find Neil Gaiman's new book and see if there were more to those legends.

It was a beautiful game, I loved seeing it on my screen, watching Senua wander the mystical world. I really hope we have more adventures with her.

For more details about the game and how to buy a (digital only), visit the official Ninja Theory site.
orangerful: (pinkie OMG)
I forgot to tell ya'll but WE HAVE A FLOOR AGAIN!



The tile was installed two weekends ago and we love it. Really brightens up the entire kitchen and just really makes it a nice room on it's own rather than just flowing into the living room area. Dishwasher has also been repaired too which is just fantastic. I know it was saving us money in our energy bill BUT I really was tired of dishes piling up on the counter (#firstworldproblems). The deal is whoever makes dinner, the other has to wash dishes and considering how many pots/pans I get dirty that can't go on the dishwasher, the addition of plates/bowls/cups on top of that was making things crazy. So, yes, repair the dishwasher, save my marriage XP

In the world of Impulse Purchases, my spatula designed by Kristen Bell arrived in the mail last week too!



Proceeds went to the No Kid Hungry program so it was for a good cause. Also, I <3 Kristen so much and this is probably the closest I will get to having her autograph so yeah. I'm a dork, it makes me smile. If you didn't see her shenanigans with the senior citizens during Hurricane Irma, I highly suggest browsing her Instagram/Twitter feed for a few minutes.

When we went to Wisconsin this summer, Tim went through the boxes of stuff in his parent's basement for things that he wanted to bring back (this is what happens when you buy an SUV). Anyway, one of the treasures we did find were his Star Wars toys, mainly a few large vehicles. So last night, in a fit of cleaning, I rearranged some of my Star Wars shelf to highlight our vintage collection (I reclaimed my toys from my parent's house last year but hadn't made space for them). I don't have it all out yet, but I got a few things in nice prime spots to hightlight them:



I still have a few figures I'd like to display plus a LARGE collection of micro-machines playsets. #nerdproblems - I am going to either move or maybe even downsize my Yoda collection as I don't really focus on that anymore. My collecting focus for Star Wars now is mostly LADIES.

Last but not least, I finished playing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice last night and OMG THE EMOTIONS!



I want to do an in-depth write up later but this game was beautiful and I loved the story, which kept me going even when the game got rough. It was very short, about 12 hours, but it was a smaller gaming company. Tim got me fancy headphones right before I started playing it so I got to have the full experience since it recommends playing with nice headphones that can give you the full range of sounds.

I love Senua. She is right up there with Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite: I want an action figure of her for my desk.

...actually, I have that "Make your own Funko Pop" downstairs...maybe I could make myself a little Senua! PROJECTS!!!!!!!

Bedtime now - I am trying to finish the last two books for a conference I'm attending next month. Neither of them are grabbing me as much as the others so it has been a struggle. Plus SO MANY good books are coming out right now and distracting me with their covers and blurbs. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! #librarianproblems
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I feel like someone said they were going to NYCC but now I can't remember who...if you are willing to go on a quest for me, I would be VERY grateful! I just found out there will be an exclusive Faith POP! at the Funko Booth and the Buffy POP set is one of the few I'm trying to be a completist about. I would totally paypal the price+shipping. I just know eBay will be full of greedy people right after the con :\
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If you have not seen this bit of information about the latest South Park video game, you need to because LOL

South Park: The Fractured but Whole's difficulty slider changes the colour of your skin
"Don't worry, this doesn't affect combat. Just every other aspect of your whole life."


Kinda makes me want to watch South Park in its entirety (I've only seen a handful of episodes, mostly ones that friends said "OH you have to watch this one!)
orangerful: (fotc - favorite box)
Okay my geeks, I just saw this on my calendar and wanted to see how you all felt about it:

Every year around Christmas I do a Lord of the Rings rewatch, ever since the movies came out on DVD. It has become a tradition and a time I really look forward to. I go all out and watch the extended editions.

Last year I made a note in my Google Calendar that when Frodo wakes up in Rivendell, Galdalf tells him it is October 24 and therefore I should start my rewatch on October 24th!

Should we try to coordinate this? I am thinking since that is a Tuesday night we will probably just watch Disc 1 because of work in the morning LOL. I love LotR but they are long and if we don't start until 7-8pm the first disc won't be done until around get-ready-for-bed time.

Let me know what you all think!

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