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From punning's profile:
Puns and wordplay welcome, the worse the better. Long, short, contorted, obscure, whatever. Filthy OK, but must use cuts and some kind of content warning. Likewise triggery. Visual puns OK, but must have description in an alt= tag. Likewise, recorded audio or video puns need a transcript of some kind. (I'm not deaf or blind, so leaving the specifics open, but if you don't know what's needed, be prepared to take those who do at their word, and accept contributions if offered.)
Clean or filthy, puns will likely break your brain over time and cause copious amounts of pain. If you can't live with that, you probably shouldn't be reading this comm.
Well, certainly beats Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane... :) But seriously, to the handful of you out there who don't already know about them, this is one group well worth listening to. Here's the latest update.
We want to let you know about our June shows (there are 2!) so here's the word. We welcome back Brocelïande in two weeks for their fourth appearance at Caltech, on Saturday, June 3 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.) This Bay area trio consists of Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, and Kris Yenney, and between them they cover 3-part vocals, with Celtic harp, guitar, cello, octave mandolin, recorders, Swedish nyckelharpa, flute, and more! Their performances include music from the British Isles, Medieval and Renaissance music, and original settings of the songs of J.R.R. Tolkien. They cover a lot of ground, and their shows are like no other act we have presented. Sample their music with Santa Maria/ Cantiga This program is your chance to hear Kris play the only “Hardanger cello d’Amore” in existence! We look forward to seeing you at this show!
Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here until the end of Thursday May 11. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office in person or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance.
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Seanan McGuire has just won the Best Novella Nebula for Every Heart a Doorway!
So I died twice in the game yesterday. Actually, the first party all died during the first lion hunt. It was, indeed, brutal. While hunting down the lion, we were pelted with acid rain that hurt us all severely even before we encountered the monster. Add to that a nasty card from the lion's deck called Clever Ploy that negates your hits, gets you attacked, and then gets shuffled back into the deck. We were pretty much doomed when the card came up the second time, and the third? I think that's when someone's head exploded. Two of us already had cerebral hemorrhages by that time.
We had decapitations, another head explosion, and the party was dead as doornails. Back to the village, were there was more population to make characters of. Two died by committing suicide together. The weight of this crazy, uncaring world was just too much for their delicate sensibilities.
The different phases take a while, partly because it's hard to learn so many new things at once. We finally figured out that if one person read from the book and another manipulated the many decks of cards, things went a lot smoother.
Combat can be really discouraging. You roll to hit, but then you roll to see IF you do damage. A hit doesn't automatically do damage, unless you throw some weapons, which then is an automatic critical. Take my advice, if you get to ambush the monster, make sure there's a critical in that first attack. It will make a huge difference.
I do like that the cards used by the monsters in combat will vary from hunt to hunt. I don't want to play a game where I know all the things that are going to happen.
The only thing that made me twitch was when one character was assigned the impairment of Binge Eating Disorder. That hit a hot button for me, as I have that, and I felt the concept was perverted in the game.
Other than that, I'm having a fabulous time at it. There were a lot of laughs, nobody got really upset when they died. We all went insane. I don't know that I'd spend the money on the full game, but I'll enjoy playing, especially if we manage to survive with a village of six.
I can keep up with these updates if people are interested. I'd really love to see this group active again. If not, no worries.
Ooops, I missed that yesterday was Friday.
If you have links related to free speech but not the time or energy to post a discussion of them, comments on this entry are the place to post them. Or, if a link posted sparks a thought, feel free to start or join a discussion in comments.
I recently saw the comic at http://onegianthand.com/post/160871094471/international-waters and found it deeply disturbing - but not for the reasons everyone else would.
The comic shows a ship at sea. It zooms in to show two people topside - the captain and a sailor - talking to each other on the bow. (Emphasis is from the original comic.)
Captain: "Are we in international waters yet?"
Sailor: "Aye, Cap'n."
Captain: "At last! Beyond the reach of any nation, I am free to think the forbidden thoughts I would normally be arrested for."
The last panel shows the captain's forbidden thoughts. It's irrelevant to this discussion and takes from the seriousness of it, but I've included it at the bottom of this post behind a cut if you're curious. (It's safe for work.)
I'm not disturbed by the captain's "forbidden thoughts", but instead I'm disturbed by the fact that bar the last panel, this is an incredibly eerie reminder of how society is potentially rallying around the idea of thoughtcrime. Being arrested for "Forbidden thoughts" is something that some people would actually be okay with. (For example, I know at least one person who believes that pedophiles should go to jail regardless of whether they've committed any offence. I find this idea horrifying.)
I'm aware that this comic is (probably) deliberately overstating things for the purpose of comedy, but at the same time it's promoting this overstated idea as normal. I'm curious as to what other people feel about this, and about its implications for free speech.
( The captain's forbidden thoughts in the last panel. (SFW) )
I hope Erdogan is given a choice between waiving his bodyguards' immunity or being himself Persona Non Grata.
ETA: Encouraging statement