visual music

Jun. 25th, 2017 05:56 am
marcicat: (art heart)
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I was charmed and intrigued by the google doodle for Oskar Fischinger this week.

Oskar Fischinger’s 117th Birthday

Very fun to play with, plus I always enjoy learning more about the backstory behind the doodles.

“I feel incredibly proud of my family and am delighted to be the daughter of Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger. It means so much to me to see this celebration of my father’s art.”
-Angie Fischinger

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

ironically

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:44 am
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I clicked on "Mounts" and the beast master (who appears to have a mermaid tale) asked, "Shall I bring you your steed, starandrea?"

Is there fic about this game?

...WHAT. There is no "Habitica" fandom on AO3?! Maybe it's under another name?

I can literally see guilds dedicated to writing. It is inconceivable to me that there is no fic.

Also, guilds. Hmm. Sounds like another great place for me to not know what I'm doing.

(This is a productive weekend so far; I'm sure you can tell.)

ETA: I thought, hey, maybe I'll join a writers' guild! And now I've joined four guilds, none of them related to writing in any way.

this game is adorable

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:29 am
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Apparently subscribers get "mystic hourglasses" that allow them to "travel back in time" to collect special gear that was available in the past? When I clicked on the "Time Travelers" tab, it told me:

"We see you have a Mystic Hourglass, so we will happily travel back in time for you! Please choose the pet, mount, or Mystery Item Set you would like. You can see a list of the past item sets here! If those don't satisfy you, perhaps you'd be interested in one of our fashionably futuristic Steampunk Item Sets?"
starandrea: (Default)
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[personal profile] noxelementalist mentioned being a free user of Habitica, and I was like, "Are some people not free users?" So I looked in the Habitica wiki and it said I could subscribe for $5 a month, and that would get me the ability to convert gold to gems. What! I reward myself for using Habitica by buying $5 worth of gems each month so I can get cool new backgrounds for my avatar to adventure in. And it turns out if I pay the $5 automatically via subscription I can "buy" backgrounds with gold (virtually earned from completing tasks) instead of gems (bought with actual money). Plus subscribers get other things, apparently, but I figured if I was going to buy backgrounds anyway I should subscribe, right? It comes out at least even.

But I couldn't figure out how to subscribe from the app, despite carefully reading the wiki options, so I went to the website. I've never been to the website, apparently, because after I had to have a password reset sent to me in order to log in, I received approximately dozens of "achievement" notifications (mostly relating to streaks for my daily tasks). So the good news is, I figured out how to subscribe. The other news is that, oh my goodness, Habitica is still a thousand times more complicated than I ever think about. I mean, I thought I had learned some things about what it does and how it can be used, but it seems I haven't even made a dent in figuring it out.

The best part, though, is that it's set up to be played by people who have no idea what they're doing. I mean, sometimes not knowing what I'm doing stresses me out, but with Habitica I just feel like, nah, it's all good. It requires so little understanding or commitment that I have been able to use it for four months now without even being irritated by it, let alone quitting it.

Sweet.
starandrea: (care bear fluff by purplestripe66)
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Habitica's limited edition summer gear is here!

I was checking on the fiery gryphon quest (someone's gryphon has gotten loose to terrorize the city), and I saw that [personal profile] wispfox is wearing a sea dragon tail (and helm and fins)! What, I said! From whence did this bounty come? Last I knew we were questing for magical eggs, not cool armor!

And lo, when I checked "rewards" I saw new gear available. So I snapped up my own silversea tail and crown of sea creatures (they whisper in your ear to tell you important stories and things, aw). Now I have to go do some tasks so I can get enough gold to acquire the pearl wand to go with my oyster shield.

I love Habitica. It's so delightful.



ETA: "Gold" isn't real money, in case that wasn't clear. It's virtual money earned in the virtual "Habit City" that you can use to virtually buy things for your virtual avatar. Also, Habitica is a low-pressure online role-playing game that encourages you to develop good habits of your own choosing. I am not actually wearing any sea creatures on my head. (That I know of.)
starandrea: (rejecting captaincy by angel_elf_icons)
[personal profile] starandrea
Aaron: I have nothing to do this weekend. How did that happen?
*Andrea: Sounds like a great weekend.
Aaron: Maybe I can finally get some sleep. Although judging from the work emails I've been getting from you at 11:30 at night and 7:30 in the morning, I assume you know the feeling.

happy caturday!

Jun. 24th, 2017 08:45 am
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Question of the day: why sleep on just one blanket when you could sleep on a whole pile of blankets?

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

fic rec Friday

Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:50 am
marcicat: (bird with balloon)
[personal profile] marcicat

Between Stimulus and Response (There Is A Space), by blackidyll

My first thought after I finished reading this fic was ‘I enjoyed that so much more than I thought I would!’

Plus, cats! (PS the cats are briefly in danger but are totally okay!)

“What the hell.” It’s not a question, but Q figures the way she’s phrased it works well enough: What the hell are you doing, and what the hell are you doing here.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

summer

Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:08 pm
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[personal profile] rosabelle
It's so humid that my glasses fogged up when I walked outside.

3/4 of my vague recollections of what to do when overheating turned out to be correct, which tbh is a higher rating than I usually give my survival skills, so. Win.

On the less ughhh side of things, fireflies.

workaday Thursday

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:52 am
marcicat: (cookies)
[personal profile] marcicat

Last night I dreamed about tidying, and also my plants. I mean, my dream!plants were pretty neat, but it turns out dream!me also is bad at watering properly.

That’s got nothing to do with work, but it *is* Thursday, and I *am* going to work, and I didn’t feel like I had much else to say, so the dream thing kind of snuck in there.

I also dreamed there was a bird in my room, and actually woke up enough to think ‘wait, there isn’t really a bird in here, right?’ (Not to worry, it was outside. Or possibly imaginary; it’s not like I woke up all the way to check.)

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

starandrea: (star circle)
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In the trees looking up, it's sometimes hard to tell the fireflies from the stars.

distracted by Power Rangers

Jun. 21st, 2017 07:03 am
marcicat: (loaf cat)
[personal profile] marcicat

No work thoughts right now, still trying to figure out the Power Rangers movie. Here’s what’s tripping me up: there were other spaceships.

(Okay, I’m only guessing they were space-flight-capable. But it seems like a safe guess.)

When Zordon does his flashback explanation, multiple ships fly overhead. So who were they? Not Zordon’s team. They didn’t seem too invested in helping either Zordon or Rita, and apparently they didn’t stick around (or come back) for the power coins or the zeo crystal.

Also confusing: Zordon’s explanation of Goldar, etc, seemed like he was describing something that had happened before. (And Rita did a whole ‘oh, I missed you’ thing with Goldar.) But when? I mean, unless she tried for multiple zeo crystals and failed every time? Or tried and succeeded, I guess — Zordon said she would gain the power of life and death, or whatever, and she did seem remarkably unable to die, although I thought that was maybe just the power coin.

And THEN there’s the question of why Alpha apparently kept the situation a secret for 65 million years. Not calling in to the home office, eh buddy? Not letting anyone know the ship survived and you put Zordon in the wall? Why not, exactly?

So what I’m saying is that I’m pretty sure Zordon was lying a lot, or at least mis-representing the situation. A lot.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

starandrea: (typing)
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So far macOS Sierra and I are getting along pretty well. Safari works on my computer again, which is exciting. My computer acknowledges that my iPod exists, which is also exciting.

...That's pretty much the extent of what I've asked it to do, at this point.

(I guess that's why getting a new computer holds little appeal. I do everything on my iPod anyway, except for two key things: 1) backing up my iPod, and 2) typing on a full size keyboard.)
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*Andrea: At least the weather answers my question of whether or not I should do a 10 mile trail run this weekend: no.
Aaron: The answer to that should always be no.

summer sleeping

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:00 am
marcicat: (badger relax)
[personal profile] marcicat

Summer sleeping is so different than winter sleeping. In the winter it’s all layers and blankets and socks and having a warm cocoon till morning, then turning on all the lights to make it seem like daytime even when it’s still dark out.

Summer sleeping is one blanket and no socks and sticking my feet off the side of the bed to catch the breeze, and waking up to birds and wind chimes and kids in the parking lot and sunshine in the window even before it’s time to get up.

Both are good! Just a very different feeling.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

movie re-watch: Power Rangers 2017

Jun. 19th, 2017 06:53 am
marcicat: (kitteh hug)
[personal profile] marcicat

1. This movie was approximately 10 million times better when I could fast-forward over the parts I didn’t want to see (both car crashes, most of Rita’s scenes).

2. I tend to watch everything with closed captioning on, because reading is easier than listening for me. (Also the sound quality on my laptop is not stellar.) Very helpful in this movie!

3. Zordon’s explanation makes less and less sense the more you think about it. Alpha’s too. You had 65 million years to come up with a better plan, buddy.

4. I absolutely headcanon that Jason’s sword keeps following him around like his power coin, and he can’t figure out how to get it to go away with the rest of his armor, so when he showed up at the ship to drop it off and Zordon was all ‘You should keep that,’ he was all ‘I’ll come back for it’ on the outside, but on the inside he was thinking ‘play it cool, ha, yes, I’ll come back for it, unless it just *shows up randomly* again,’ and he thinks *STAY* at it as loudly as he can before leaving.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

starandrea: (tardis calling)
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I don't like to upgrade my computer's operating system, as a general rule. Which is why I'm probably one of a minority of people still running OS X Lion.

OR I WAS.

When it got to the point where it looked like I would need to buy a new computer in order to have a device that could talk to my iPod (and thus get pictures off of it, so I could have space to take more pictures, and today my iPod started giving me the warning every five minutes that I need to free up space or else), I figured, well. If it doesn't work now or doesn't work later, what's the difference?

So I have made the jump straight from Lion to Sierra. Good times.

So far the computer still works.

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