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So yesterday we went to Universal Studios Hollywood! And to give an idea how tiring it was, we both slept in until 8:30am this morning instead of the usual 5am, got some shopping, then napped until 2pm. It had a few hurdles, both expected and wtf, but was overall a great day.
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alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
So it looks like waking up at 4-5am is becoming a pattern, on the plus side that gives me time to write this kind of post and plan. Yesterday morning I sat down with a map of Disneyland and added all the charging stations/power points (an image I plan to neaten up then put online, since noone else seems to have made one) then planned out what I wanted to do assuming Cam also woke early and we could take advantage of the one early morning start ("Magic Morning") you can do with a 5 day ticket. And he did!
NOTE: mention of implied fictional rape )
alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
Today was actually really great! And TIRING, but in a good way. Photos to be added once I post them to tumblr.

Everything is super commercial and fake but I have decided to try and just roll with it and enjoy it for what it is. It's authentic to it's own culture of inauthenticity! And the Disney Corporation got it's claws into my id young enough that even when part of me is thinking "this is silly/cheesy" another part is going "AHHHHHHHH DISNEYLAND :D :D". I'm not sure if it's because Halloween is approaching or if it's like this all the time but there's lots of people of all ages in costume or themed outfits. Every time I see a little Rey my heart grows three sizes.

It's interesting thinking about how things are set up having worked at a museum aimed at kids. And everything is wheelchair accessible. It's great.

And now, details )
alias_sqbr: an airship ladder in the disabled parking (up)
So things have NOT BEEN IDEAL but are looking up. Here's some rambly thoughts, with a lot of stuff about issues relating to my illnesses cos I know that's something I like to hear about from travelers with similar issues. I may make a shorter, pithier post later with the more interesting details.

So! Short summary of the trip:
Planes from Perth to Melbourne (2.5 hour trip starting at midnight with a 4 hour layover) to LA (14 hour trip), then the Disneyland Express bus to the Howard Johnson hotel with a power chair hired from One Stop Mobility.
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alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Leaving for the US REALLY SOON. And everything's going fine! But. Still. AAAAAAHHHHhhhhhhhh.
alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Which is to say, things I am using to distract myself from stressing about our upcoming trip.
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alias_sqbr: Nepeta from Homestuck looking grumpy in front of the f/f parts of her shipping wall (grumpy)
I thought I had a post like this but apparently not! I've put (nb) next to the games with non binary options and (mm) next to games that include m/m paths. I haven't labelled games with m/f paths because that's pretty much all of them!

If you want even more, English Otome Games has a list of dating sims with a female protagonist and male and female or only female love interests, and Hella Yuri curates a list of games with wlw characters on Steam.

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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
Watching how much fun this Let's Player is having in Twilight Princess with RPG mechanics I find frustratingly difficult got me thinking about what it would be like to play an RPG I was that good at that.

I'm not likely to make one any time soon, since I have plenty of other games on my plate, but wanted to get my ideas down while they're fresh in my mind. I would be curious to hear other people's thoughts, especially people who, like me, enjoy RPGs in theory but find them a bit tricky in practice. It's impossible for one game to be good for everyone but it's still useful to know other people's preferences. I'd also love to hear any recs for games that sound suited to me!
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alias_sqbr: A cartoon cat saying Ham! (ham!)

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl 1: Good naturedly silly comic about a girl with the POWER OF SQUIRRELS balancing the start of college with saving the world from various random supervillains. Written by Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics. She isn't sexualised at all which is nice, and there's understated but pervasive diversity.
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alias_sqbr: A giant eye with tentacles (tii)
Honestly not sure I'll stick to it, and if you slip up and refer to me as "she" I won't be destroyed (unless I thought you were doing it out of pig headedness or something) But I feel like it's something I need to try out and see if it fits.

If the usage confuses you: it's like if I was a person of unknown gender. Which, being genderfluid, I kind of am! "Can you ask Sophie if they are ready for dinner?" etc.

GIP: Tii!

Sep. 8th, 2016 02:21 pm
alias_sqbr: A giant eye with tentacles (tii)
I've been feeling the need for a non binary icon, and playing Children of Ur yesterday reminded me of the non binary god Tii. Who is also the god of maths :D I'm sure there other times a giant tentacled eyeball will be a useful icon, too.

Not sure how the transparent image will look against various backgrounds but I'll have to wait and see!

Oh! And updating my icons made me realise not all of them had image descriptions, oops. Sorry to anyone who's been frustrated by that in the past. Have fixed that here, off to check [personal profile] sqbr.
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Our trip to Anaheim/LA is coming up, we leave on October 9. Something I'm not looking forward to is navigating my food intolerances in a new country, especially since it seems like a moderate number of people primarily speak Spanish. So! I'd love it if you guys could help.
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alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
This is a repost with permission of Hey fandom: Let's keep this up!, an official post to the main imzy community by the "Head of Product" Kaela. I felt like people outside imzy would be interested to see what features exist/are being added. I'm liking it over there, mostly, comments can be annoying compared to dreamwidth but are still 10000% better than on tumblr. And it could do with more people ;) If you're interested in joining apply at my community/blog, I have like 40 invites and it's quicker than waiting in the queue.

It’s been kind of a crazy ride recently. A month ago, we had almost no fandom communities on Imzy.

Two weeks ago, we had just 60 fandom communities.

Today, we have 629 fandom communities and counting, growing rapidly in size and activity.

We’ve talked to a lot of you about the features you need to be able to create a successful community space for fandom on Imzy, and we’ve learned a huge amount. Already, we’ve added tons of features at your request, and we have a lot more on our list thanks to you.

We know we’ve only just barely dipped our toes into how diverse, broad, and fascinating fandom communities can be in their themes and needs, but we’d love to keep learning from you.
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alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
Fan Creators’ Identification With Entertainment Media In Visual Storytelling for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Seems relevant to some people's interests!

(Icon is my attempt at making a video myself ;))
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
The song Honey White came out in 1995. And for the past 21 years, whenever it's come on the radio, I've been vaguely aware of it as a song about a woman who really liked Asian food.

Today, all of a sudden, I went: Wait. This is a song about a woman who sold her soul for Asian food?? That's a bit...

And then I realised. It's angel food. It's about a woman who sold her soul for angel food and the devil wants his due. It was never about Asian food at all.

I feel like I've fallen into the Berenstain universe all over again.
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Yes, I took a while to get around to writing this up, the important thing is I've done it now >.>

I was the only non committee member to show up, and they were very interested in a wider variety of suggestions. So contact them with ideas! Especially, I assume, relating to the newly announced international guest Wesley Chu.

Games/audience participation etc type stuff:

  • Johann Sebastian Joust
  • Virtual Reality demo like the one this year by Stirfire Studios
  • Workshops: quilting, locks, miniature painting
  • Competitive team based problem solving thing?
  • Play Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy game by audience vote

Other kinds of panels:

  • Anime history, recs
  • Dr Who
  • Non Western/English language Scifi beyond Anime: Miraculous Ladybug etc
  • Video games discussion
  • Late night Devina (fan guest)
  • Classics we never saw
  • Grant's history of Disney continued? If he wants?
  • Fantasy panels that suit Traci Harding's themes
  • Can a scifi movie stay true to an interesting scifi premise all the way through but also be exciting with lots of explosions?
  • Time travel
  • Endangered Animals
  • Space Ship Yamoto
  • Point and Click computer games
  • Women sent back in time: the genre.
  • Old franchises changing to suit new times eg getting more diverse
  • British Scifi Humour
  • Metaphors politically used for explosions (what does this mean, past self??)

More information about the convention
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)

O Human Star: SO GREAT. A cantankerous robotics researcher wakes up in a new robot body 16 years after his death. Robots, queerness and the nature of self :D Compassionate and sweet and funny :D :D Still ongoing D: (currently mid sad flashback, but it's about the main character's death which is hardly a cliffhanger)


Read Only Memories: 80s scifi styled point and click adventure game about artificial intelligence. Only just started but so far it's charming and fun.

To the Moon: Found out the ending was very Sick Wife, removed from my to-play list.

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