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Brittany Constable has been at 3 events

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S. A. Hunt, Novelist2,431We set our G+ cover images and elsewhere profile pics to Victorian illustrations and MP frames, and confuse the dickens out of everyone with antics like using MP quotes in casual conversation, taking phone video of silly walks or impromptu YouTube performances of the Penis Song, and ensuring everyone at dinner that we are much too full, we couldn't possibly eat another bite because we are completely stuffed.Monty Python Day2014-10-05 06:00:002 
DL Keur447authors sharing scene snips and free peeks at their work to the general publicJohn Ward's Saturday Scenes begins2014-05-03 09:30:0022 
Sarah Rios38,627WHOVIANSMark your calendars... and your arms.http://imgur.com/lP0i5Xj(Original post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101453162215777563254/posts/ED4yBRm41su)Edit: Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/150522868436180THE SILENCE2013-04-23 08:00:001277 

Brittany Constable has been shared in 62 public circles

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steph wanamaker107,669#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle!2014-10-03 15:59:3215612116
John Wood14,205If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this postIf you would like to be removed from future circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future.#topofthepeople   #influencermarketing  #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday  #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle2014-09-17 10:38:20500535765
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  my  awesome women who comment circle2014-08-29 15:02:0315337849
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  my awesome women who comment circle !2014-08-15 19:10:2516249462
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle!2014-07-18 16:27:3416748858
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle! Happy weeekend!2014-06-27 17:09:0016960855
Jan Havrda35,104ENTERTAINMENT CIRCLEMonday editionFluent stream of frivolous amusements1. Add to your circles2. Have fun#Entertain #Me 2014-06-09 22:12:48336331948
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  my awesome women who comment circle  +Leelee E look who made it to number 1 2014-04-18 18:50:4816816010
Jack McDonald Burnett741This is a personal circle of mine, of aspiring authors, brand-newly published authors, and new-ishly published authors who still remember us little people.  This isn't a plus one, comment, reshare and tell everybody how handsome I am and I'll add you  to the circle "circle share," just a great collection of people dealing with similar challenges and similar opportunities.  I'd love to add you to it, if you're a soon-to-be or new author, and I'd love for you to add everybody in it, too if you're inclined.  Really great, fun, interesting writers.Note that if you're reading this on the Android app you won't be able to "see" the circle or add people from it.  Only works on the full G+ website.2014-03-30 03:42:25107012
Jack McDonald Burnett699I recommend these G+ writers: This is a personal circle of mine, of aspiring authors, brand-newly published authors, and new-ishly published authors who still remember us little people.  This isn't a plus one, comment, reshare and tell everybody how handsome I am and I'll add you  to the circle "circle share," just a great collection of people dealing with similar challenges and similar opportunities.  I'd love to add you to it, if you're a soon-to-be or new author, and I'd love for you to add everybody in it, too if you're inclined.  Really great, fun, interesting writers.Note that if you're reading this on the Android app you won't be able to "see" the circle or add people from it.  Only works on the full G+ website.2014-03-27 12:36:54101202
steph wanamaker100,744#followfriday  this is my awesome women who comment circle2014-03-21 22:26:5116050257
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:41:35139202
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:41:08139012
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:40:37139003
John Nuntiatio30,288#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-19 06:39:48139013
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212
Jan Havrda27,515ENTERTAINMENT CIRCLEValentine editionDrown your love in the fucking wonderful media stream#Entertainment #Circle   #Stream   #Of  $Love2014-02-14 00:05:28360231651
Kimberly Hurlbut29,256New to G+? Just need more entertainment in your stream? THIS is the circle for you!This shared circle includes:* Artists   * Geeks   * Comedians   * Writers   * Engagers   * Original Posters   * Awesome and Amazing Individuals   * Some Well Known and Some Little Known G+ers   * Add more positive adjectives here:                  .I'm posting this despite the recent debate and ban by some people on shared circles that is apparently going on, but I know that if I hadn't grabbed awesome shared circles at the beginning of my G+ experience I would not still be here! Please help the newbies or the G+ers that need new and GREAT content in their stream by adding this circle and sharing. If I have included you and you would like to be removed please let me know. Thank you and have a nice day. :o)2014-01-23 09:53:358714816
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:57100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 05:00:14100001
Kimberly Hurlbut28,850My Favorite G+ersThis is the first time in a long time that I've shared this circle! Please add and don't forget to share this circle full of G+ ultra-engagers of much awesomeness! Your stream will never be the same again....and you will thank me for it. ;-)2014-01-06 04:58:2110013814
Sam Sager3,743Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers CircleIt's been a very long time since I've shared this circle. It is long over due. This is a great group of writers to follow. They range from the very well known to the aspiring, but all are worth following. I learn something new and am very entertained by these people everyday.If you or someone you know is a science-fiction or fantasy writer and would like to be a part of this circle please let me know.2013-12-22 01:05:22308413
Brittany Constable3,838You know, I haven't seen any NaNoWriMo shared circles going around yet.  Perhaps communities have made them a little redundant, but this is still one of my favorite things about the Plus, so I'm sharing away.The people in this circle have all either mentioned NaNoWriMo in posts or comments, or are in the NaNoWriMo 2013 community.  Please let me know if you:- are not in this circle and should be (this is the one time of year I'll circle anyone and everyone as long as they're doing NaNo)- are in the circle and shouldn't be- are doing NaNo, but would not like to be included in shared circlesA note about adding large circlesIn the past, I've added WriMos to both the NaNo circle and the general writers circle.  This has proven a mistake, since a lot of people who pipe up enthusiastically during November later disappear off G+, or just don't prove a good fit for my stream, and it leaves me spending a lot of time doing circle maintenance.So what I'm doing this year, and what I'd recommend others do as well, is add new people only to this circle (if they're not already in other circles) and keep the volume turned all the way down.  Then you can go to the separate stream and check people out, adding only the people you want to keep around to other circles. In a couple of months you can empty out the NaNo circle and clear out all the people who didn't make the cut.2013-10-23 17:06:17401404
Jan Havrda17,915Dear Plussers!Let the fun and pure #awesomeness  spread! This is a crazy and hyperactive circle, called #Awesome! Add these folks to circles yours and don't get ever bored again! Enjoy!2013-10-09 22:00:364207819
Jan Havrda15,046This is Awesome circleVery vivid, visual and witty.Entertain yourself! #AwesomeCircle   #Awesome   #Circle2013-07-29 20:11:314307515
Kimberly Hurlbut19,731Favorite G+ersJust sharing my favorite people on G+ circle again! Please add the circle if you want awesome content in your stream and great engagement! Please reshare!2013-07-19 00:11:4910014010
Kimberly Hurlbut16,859Favorite G+ersI'm sharing my circle of favorite people, again, after taking the time to create it yesterday. :-) Just a fairly small circle of people full of amazing posts and engagers. These people will make G+ a better place for you. :o) Please add and reshare!#CircleShareSunday  2013-07-07 18:57:0510017319
Kimberly Hurlbut16,610The Favorites!I haven't shared a circle in a few weeks because I've been too lazy to get on the computer to create one. Since I was doing circle maintenance I thought this was the perfect time to put together some of my favorite people that make G+ awesome for me!These people create original posts, are artistic, intelligent and want to share their knowledge with the world, or just people that have made me laugh and engage with me often. I tried keeping the circle size fairly small so you're not hit with too many people at once.... So please  add this circle and share share share these favorites of mine! :o)2013-07-06 17:11:2910022210
K.W. McCabe7,715This is a really awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. If you would like to be included in this circle either comment or +1, add yourself to the circle, then share - enjoy!2013-02-12 19:37:52410437
K.W. McCabe7,678This is an awesome circle of writers and book reviewers. Add this circle, add yourself to it and share if you want to be included :-2013-01-14 03:47:46394164
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #2 of 11Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:09:36146000
Peter Edenist15,503¥ Shiny Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare! ¥▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Come join your community here > Mighty Shiny Browncoats !! - https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/108316556535206988185Managed by the inmitiable +Cliff Loresco  and aweome +Feisal Kamil  make our community just as awesome as our circle!!!!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Please Join the community (link above) and Reshare to spread the love! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccircles #public 2013-01-09 10:41:07286451945
K.W. McCabe5,721This is a circle of awesome writers. If you would like to be added to this circle of writers - comment or +1 and I'll add you. Then make sure to add the circle, add yourself to the circle and share forward to get more follows by other writers :-)Get followers by:1.) Following people.2.) Getting in circle shares.Then share this circle and you will be in it.It's that simple.2012-12-04 13:54:03358404
John Ward7,493This is my circle for Beta Readers. This circle consists of people who have volunteered to read, evaluate, and critique stories written by other people. The only qualification to be in this group is that you have to be willing to read the work of one of the other members.The way the process works is that once you join, you need to add the circle. After you have added the circle, you can send messages to the members of the group letting them know when you have a story that you'd like to have someone review. Briefly share some details about your story: genre, word count, and synopsis. Then, one of the other members will reply letting you know that they're interested. After that you can work out the best way for you to share the story with one another... and that's it.If you're interested in joining the circle, simply leave a comment here. I'm happy to add you.2012-11-30 13:44:1239603
Peter Edenist12,304¥ Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare! ¥▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Movember dedication - Shiny Circle!!!Thanks to +Cliff Loresco   for this awesome idea and to +Feisal Kamil  for supporting it! Please ask for inclusion if you want in!!!!. While curating, I realized +Patricia Tallman is in this circle! Don't know who she is? She's in Babylon 5!Please Reshare to spread the love! ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Thank you all for being part of this circle!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share 2012-11-30 12:08:54283693258
Peter Edenist9,043¥ Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare! ¥♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Shiny CircleThanks to +Cliff Loresco  for this awesome idea and to +Feisal Kamil for supporting it! Please ask for inclusion if you want in!!!!.Please Reshare to spread the love!▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬Thank you all for being part of this circle!+Can't Stop The Serenity +Jayne Cobb +Firefly ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccircles #public #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles 2012-11-06 03:37:522671204582
John Ward7,006This is our current Writer's Discussion Circle. I post to this group Monday through Friday once a day. All of the content I post to this group is exclusively about writing, marketing for writers, or discussion questions for the group. I also share a lot of article that contain information that every writer should know. If you'd like to join this group, add the circle and leave a comment here. I'll be happy to add you. Just be aware that I send out notifications with the posts-- so, you'll get one a day Monday through Friday.2012-11-04 13:09:26211301
Edward Branley6,436this is my "Obama 2012" shared circle. If you support the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, +1 or comment and I'll add you in. If you have like-minded plussers in your circles, please share and send them back here so I can add them, too. Not interested? Please observe Wheaton's Law and scroll down.2012-10-31 17:40:07290409
Ben Moody0My current #nanowrimo  circle. If you notice you're in here and shouldn't be let me know and I'll remove you. Mostly sharing this out so that people who are building huge circles like  me to watch others in their mad dash can snag it if they want to. This one started a bit ago from the circle +Sarah Rios shared out and I've been adding to it since. Also, if you want to be added to the circle let me know. I'll likely reshare it Nov. 2nd ( I need to get a good start on Nov. 1st :p ) if I get more than 10 or so more people into it by then :)2012-10-26 13:33:07418506
Chrysta Rae1,212,307Here it isthe +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger CIRCLEOur TRUE circle of everyone who participated in the Anniversary Round!These are all amazing people - engaging, fun, talented, warm, wonderful people that bring me joy every day.2012-10-22 16:29:44408432670
Edward Branley5,947this is my "Obama 2012" shared circle. If you support the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama, +1 or comment and I'll add you in. If you have like-minded plussers in your circles, please share and send them back here so I can add them, too. Not interested? Please observe Wheaton's Law and scroll down.2012-10-17 22:01:49282518
Peter Edenist7,517¥*Browncoats circle for Adding and Reshare!*¥♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫ ♬ Can't Stop the Serenity  ♪ ♫ ♬  ♪ ♫Shiny CircleThanks to +Cliff Loresco for this awesome idea and to +Feisal Kamil for supporting it! The circle has undergone a hard curate and have dropped close to 60 people... please ask for inclusion again if you have been dropped.Surprisingly, some of you have never shared a circle. Come on people! we need reshares!!! - Thank you all for being part of this circle!+Can't Stop The Serenity +Jayne Cobb +Firefly -----------------------------------------------------------------------------#browncoatsforlife   #browncoats   #browncoatsunite   #browncoatsredemption   #firefly   #fireflyfriday   #fireflyrules   #firefly #fireflyfriday #fireflywin #serenity #serenitynow #serenityrules #mal #inara #jaynestown #jaynecobb #reaver #cantstoptheserenity #serenitysunday #circle #circles #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #share 2012-10-16 12:01:202401033348
Edward Branley5,840This is my shared "Obama 2012" public circle. Comment or +1 to be included. If you support the re-election of the President, please share this with your circles and encourage them to come back here and comment/+1 so we can grow the circle.Don't agree? No worries, it's a big G+ world. Just remember Wheaton's Law and keep scrolling.2012-10-12 14:40:1027214212
kat Folland12,222This is my NaNoWriMo 2012 Circle. Every person it is has confirmed that they are either participating in NaNo or want to be in the circle regardless of whether or not they participate.If you aren't in this circle, but wish to be, comment on this thread. Likewise if you're in the circle but have changed your mind. I will share an updated circle towards the end of the month. Happy writing, all!2012-10-09 01:21:16298906
steph „gingerninja“ wanamaker53,963#sharedcircles    my google plus best friends  for +Megan McGrory 2012-10-08 20:16:0085314
Gord McLeod9,962Here's my first stab at a #NaNoWriMo  2012 circle. If you're not in it and you want to be, let me know!2012-10-04 18:55:492622708
Anna Mannino2,231Whether you have told me you write, or you participated in #NaNoWriMo last year, this is my circle of writers. Strangely only 500 people can be shared at a time, so this is only most of you.If you'd like to be in my writers circle, let me know. I mostly post around and about NaNoWriMo stuff. I try to also do a lot of hangouts to help those who need the support of a local meetup but can't make their local meetups for whatever reason, or just prefer talking to strangers on the internet as opposed to strangers in a coffee house. (Whatever, I don't judge).2012-10-02 04:30:31501501
Jen H.1,832Wanted to give a shout out to my So Cal peeps! You all rock! Follow them! And if you're from S. Cali, let me know so that I can add you to this circle for future shout outs! =) #sharingiscaring   #circleshare   #circles   #southerncalifornia   #westside   #sharedcircles  2012-09-14 00:53:5010227225
Edward Branley5,214The Obama 2012 public circle is growing! Comment or +1 to be included...if you commented the other day, please double-check that I got you in here.Feel free to share this with your people so we can grow the effort!And as always, if you're not interested, please scroll by.2012-09-13 22:37:482751519
Nina Pelletier11,765I have been requested to share my writers circle many times over the last year, but I never felt right doing it. After 2 emails I received yesterday asking so kindly that I share it yet again, I figured it's time to do so.I have over 500 writers in my writers circle because, hey, that's why I'm here right? But sadly only 500 of them can be shared at once. So you won't get all of the wonderful writerly people I have met on this lovely world we call Google+, but here are 500 of them.  Enjoy and share.If I've missed any writers, please feel free to add them in the comments below.Thank you to this awesome community of literary quirkiness and genius. ♥  #writershelpingwriters   #writers  2012-09-12 15:13:0750121411

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2014-10-12 22:49:25 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My feelings on Agents of SHIELD this morning, before starting episode 10 of season 1: "It's definitely picking up, but I'm still not quite feeling it."

My feelings on Agents of SHIELD this evening, having just finished episode 17 of season 1: "What do you mean my shift is over? Can't I just stay here at my desk and keep watching more?  I NEED TO KNOW."

So yes, that iO9 viewing order I found a while back was spot on: If you haven't watched it before, watch the pilot, pick up episode 6 ("FZZT"), then skip ahead to episode 10.  (Ep. 9 was pretty good, mainly because it was deliciously creepy.  Not so much on story.)

Think I might stop by the mall on my way home and pick up Winter Soldier so I can rewatch it in context.

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2014-10-18 12:19:45 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I want to see some silliness in my stream this morning.  I find myself in desperate need of a smile.

Most plusones: 65

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2014-09-20 23:53:01 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.

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2014-10-22 21:53:08 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I cannot unsee it now.  My wall disapproves of my DIY skills.

"Oh.  Um.  So I guess that happened."

I cannot unsee it now.  My wall disapproves of my DIY skills.

"Oh.  Um.  So I guess that happened."___

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2014-10-22 20:27:03 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Replacing our towel rack has become a bit of an ordeal.  So first there were wall anchors which had to come out, and the holes in the wall had to be filled and painted.

Yeah, about that...  The previous owners of the house left behind a bunch of paint, conveniently labeled with the rooms.  There wasn't one for the guest bathroom, but there was one that wasn't labeled and looked bluish, so I went with it.

Not so much.  So in swapping out a towel rack, I now need to paint the whole bathroom.  (Which contains the only shower in the house, mind.)

Well, I wasn't in love with the old color anyway...

Replacing our towel rack has become a bit of an ordeal.  So first there were wall anchors which had to come out, and the holes in the wall had to be filled and painted.

Yeah, about that...  The previous owners of the house left behind a bunch of paint, conveniently labeled with the rooms.  There wasn't one for the guest bathroom, but there was one that wasn't labeled and looked bluish, so I went with it.

Not so much.  So in swapping out a towel rack, I now need to paint the whole bathroom.  (Which contains the only shower in the house, mind.)

Well, I wasn't in love with the old color anyway...___

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2014-10-21 20:49:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I totally love the Batman theory.  But I'm a big fan of layered metanarratives.

Also, The Lion King is a Fisher King story, guys.  It's symbolic and shit.  No one needs to be a god.

I totally love the Batman theory.  But I'm a big fan of layered metanarratives.

Also, The Lion King is a Fisher King story, guys.  It's symbolic and shit.  No one needs to be a god.___

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2014-10-20 00:37:51 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Clara is a very weird kitty.

Clara is a very weird kitty.___

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2014-10-19 21:06:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My phone has completely given up on picture messaging.  Can't send them, can't receive them.  Grrarrgh.

But anyway, I promised +Jer Constable a dick pic.

My phone has completely given up on picture messaging.  Can't send them, can't receive them.  Grrarrgh.

But anyway, I promised +Jer Constable a dick pic.___

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2014-10-18 12:19:45 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I want to see some silliness in my stream this morning.  I find myself in desperate need of a smile.

I want to see some silliness in my stream this morning.  I find myself in desperate need of a smile.___

2014-10-15 21:23:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Gone Girl spoilers



No seriously, spoilers



You've seen it already, right?


Okay.  I must say I appreciate the gaslighting about changing the ending.  I've been avoiding spoilers because I was told that the third act was different, so I was expecting some kind of major switch.  But it's not!  It plays out exactly the same as the finale of the book (except for the bit about the TV interview, which doesn't affect the substance at all).  

Hats off to you, you sneaky bastards.

Gone Girl spoilers



No seriously, spoilers



You've seen it already, right?


Okay.  I must say I appreciate the gaslighting about changing the ending.  I've been avoiding spoilers because I was told that the third act was different, so I was expecting some kind of major switch.  But it's not!  It plays out exactly the same as the finale of the book (except for the bit about the TV interview, which doesn't affect the substance at all).  

Hats off to you, you sneaky bastards.___

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2014-10-15 16:57:21 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Multiple screens. Dude. This is so trippy. 

Multiple screens. Dude. This is so trippy. ___

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2014-10-15 16:44:01 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

At Cinetopia, the new swanky theater. And it's swanky! In theory, a server is going to come by to take our lunch order. 

At Cinetopia, the new swanky theater. And it's swanky! In theory, a server is going to come by to take our lunch order. ___

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2014-10-15 14:58:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Weekend docket!  (My weekend.  It's probably not your weekend yet.  Sorry.)

- See Gone Girl at the fancy theater.  We have a Groupon, and I've been desperate to see this because I love the book.  (We would have seen it last weekend, but remote agents were in town, which always wipes out the calendar.)
- Take my car in for an oil change and top-off because the power steering is not so much with the turning in the past couple of days
- Clean all the things for INCOMING MOMMY VISIT
- Get our old entertainment center cleared off and listed on Craigslist
- Dig up some reading materials for NaNoPrep
- Get some of my Nightmare Before Christmas decorations put together and up

What pressing stuff is on your to-do list lately?  Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?  I'm still building the Circle O' Doom...

Weekend docket!  (My weekend.  It's probably not your weekend yet.  Sorry.)

- See Gone Girl at the fancy theater.  We have a Groupon, and I've been desperate to see this because I love the book.  (We would have seen it last weekend, but remote agents were in town, which always wipes out the calendar.)
- Take my car in for an oil change and top-off because the power steering is not so much with the turning in the past couple of days
- Clean all the things for INCOMING MOMMY VISIT
- Get our old entertainment center cleared off and listed on Craigslist
- Dig up some reading materials for NaNoPrep
- Get some of my Nightmare Before Christmas decorations put together and up

What pressing stuff is on your to-do list lately?  Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?  I'm still building the Circle O' Doom...___

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2014-10-15 14:28:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

::slow clap::

It's better than Les Mis.___::slow clap::

2014-10-12 22:49:25 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My feelings on Agents of SHIELD this morning, before starting episode 10 of season 1: "It's definitely picking up, but I'm still not quite feeling it."

My feelings on Agents of SHIELD this evening, having just finished episode 17 of season 1: "What do you mean my shift is over? Can't I just stay here at my desk and keep watching more?  I NEED TO KNOW."

So yes, that iO9 viewing order I found a while back was spot on: If you haven't watched it before, watch the pilot, pick up episode 6 ("FZZT"), then skip ahead to episode 10.  (Ep. 9 was pretty good, mainly because it was deliciously creepy.  Not so much on story.)

Think I might stop by the mall on my way home and pick up Winter Soldier so I can rewatch it in context.

My feelings on Agents of SHIELD this morning, before starting episode 10 of season 1: "It's definitely picking up, but I'm still not quite feeling it."

My feelings on Agents of SHIELD this evening, having just finished episode 17 of season 1: "What do you mean my shift is over? Can't I just stay here at my desk and keep watching more?  I NEED TO KNOW."

So yes, that iO9 viewing order I found a while back was spot on: If you haven't watched it before, watch the pilot, pick up episode 6 ("FZZT"), then skip ahead to episode 10.  (Ep. 9 was pretty good, mainly because it was deliciously creepy.  Not so much on story.)

Think I might stop by the mall on my way home and pick up Winter Soldier so I can rewatch it in context.___

2014-10-12 00:05:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Over the past few weeks, I've received a couple of emails from a university in Sydney.  They didn't appear to be spam or anything; I had to figure that someone had inadvertently used my email address to sign up for something instead of theirs.

Then I got three of them yesterday, so I tweeted my slight annoyance about it.

Turns out my Australian double was doing a vanity search, found my Twitter (since I've been working diligently to make sure that the first results for my name are mostly me), and saw the tweet.  So she emailed me, and I passed the messages along.

I love the internet.  It enables the weirdest shit to happen.

Over the past few weeks, I've received a couple of emails from a university in Sydney.  They didn't appear to be spam or anything; I had to figure that someone had inadvertently used my email address to sign up for something instead of theirs.

Then I got three of them yesterday, so I tweeted my slight annoyance about it.

Turns out my Australian double was doing a vanity search, found my Twitter (since I've been working diligently to make sure that the first results for my name are mostly me), and saw the tweet.  So she emailed me, and I passed the messages along.

I love the internet.  It enables the weirdest shit to happen.___

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2014-10-11 14:16:43 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

SATURDAY SCENES: Ignition

My bright smile never falters as I lean in and mutter to Katie, “The next one of those little piss-stains that tries grabbing my ass is gonna lose an arm.”

“Oh come on, Lacey,” she replies, her own grin equally fixed, “that would be way too much paperwork.”

“If it gets me off birthdays, it might be worth it.”

I don’t know why any kid would have a birthday party at the Mockingbird, anyway.  The decor is mental institution chic, I’m convinced that the food is actually elaborate performance art exploring the concept of “bland,” and we don’t provide a cake.  It’s like their parents are saying, We don’t love you, but we don’t have time to find an orphanage. This place isn’t even horrible enough to enjoy ironically.  You could say that about the whole damn town, really.  

Before we cancommiserate further, the two-top by t... more »

SATURDAY SCENES: Ignition

My bright smile never falters as I lean in and mutter to Katie, “The next one of those little piss-stains that tries grabbing my ass is gonna lose an arm.”

“Oh come on, Lacey,” she replies, her own grin equally fixed, “that would be way too much paperwork.”

“If it gets me off birthdays, it might be worth it.”

I don’t know why any kid would have a birthday party at the Mockingbird, anyway.  The decor is mental institution chic, I’m convinced that the food is actually elaborate performance art exploring the concept of “bland,” and we don’t provide a cake.  It’s like their parents are saying, We don’t love you, but we don’t have time to find an orphanage. This place isn’t even horrible enough to enjoy ironically.  You could say that about the whole damn town, really.  

Before we can commiserate further, the two-top by the window catches my eye, fishing for their check.  They seem rather desperate to get away from the recess brigade.  You and me both, guys.  I battle briefly with our ancient computer and force the ticket to print.  “Why did Dr. Hasebe have to lose his funding?” I groan for the quintillionth time this year.  Landing the internship at PacChem last summer felt like winning the lottery—if the state of California offered chances at a research position involving explosives for two bucks a pop, anyway.  Going from that to fucking food service feels like I’m atoning for a past life as a particularly heinous dictator.  Every day I contemplate giving notice, and every day I remind myself that technically, I already have.  I know that if I try to check out early, Mom will just march me down here and make them take me back, so all I can do now is run out that clock.  Sixty-four more days...

The fidgety couple and I make pleasant noises at each other as I drop the blue faux leather folder.  The dude already has his card out.  I run it for him on autopilot.  My brain’s occupied with complex waitress calculus, weighing the progress and relative neglectedness of my tables to plot my course.  I try to plan a step or two in advance: any less is a one-way ticket to the weeds, but more than that and it will all fall apart anyway.  In general it’s a good philosophy, though right now I wish it were pointing me to another conclusion.  No way around it, the birthday party needs refills.  Son of a bitch.  With the two-top liberated, I fill up a pitcher of Coke, take a deep breath, and plaster on a smile.

I reach cautiously over a kid with dark spiky hair and an early start on acne.  “Hey,” he says, already snickering, “I hear you turn tricks.”

A death glare shatters my placid mask before I can rein it in.  Come on, Lacey, you’ve shrugged off worse than that in game chat.  Of course, in arena play I’d have the little bastard in my crosshairs before he ran out of synonyms for male genitalia.  “You don’t even know what that means,” I say with surprising calm.

Luckily for my fraying patience, the birthday boy smacks his skeezy friend upside the head.  “Don’t be an asshole,” he says, then adds, “but you do magic tricks, right?”

I narrowly suppress a sigh.  You pull a coin from a kid’s ear one time to stop him from shrieking, then word gets out and everyone wants to see the monkey dance.  I briefly lock eyes with a woman over at the parents’ table, the one who’s been calling all the shots.  In that moment, I can see the calculator in her skull preparing to adjust my tip.  

My smile returns.  I set aside the pitcher and produce the deck of cards that’s never far from my reach.  “So you wanna see some magic?” I say.

A few heads bob; Birthday Boy looks totally enthralled.  I try some of my flashier shuffles.  It limbers up my fingers, builds the anticipation, lets me stall and think.  Once I feel like I’ve got everyone's attention and have some idea of how I’m going to play this, I square the deck and then fan it out in front of Birthday Boy.  “Pick a card, any card.”

He dithers over the spread of textured blue and white and pulls one out of the middle.  “Show everyone, but don’t show me,” I instruct.  He sweeps it face-out in a broad arc like he’s a game show presenter, and my smile becomes very slightly genuine.  “Okay, now put it back,” I say, and he complies.

Here’s the tricky part.  In one more-or-less smooth motion, I nudge the target card just barely out of place as I collapse the fan, then cut the deck and give the whole thing a couple of fake shuffles.  “Your turn,” I say, handing fifty-one cards to Birthday Boy.  “Shuffle the hell out of it.”

With all eyes on him, I slip the remaining card from my palm to my pocket, the card that I fervently hope is the one the kid picked.  I started messing with cards when I was around twelve or so, mainly as something to do with my hands.  I actually got pretty good, but with the stress of college applications and the general insanity of senior year, it’s been ages since I’ve had time for more than a stray shuffle.  The current probability of looking like an ass in front of a bunch of grade school kids is depressingly high.

Birthday Boy offers the deck back, but I shake my head.  “Pass it around,” I say.  “Let everyone take a turn.”

I work the table in the opposite direction of the traveling deck, refilling drinks and doing my best to look unconcerned.  Several other diners are now watching.  So no pressure or anything.  Not that the Mockingbird attracts a ton of people even at our busiest, but I get nervous performing for the audience of my bedroom mirror.  Sodas topped off, I deposit the emptied pitcher on a nearby table and watch the kids fumble with my cards.  

By the time the stack makes it back to me, I’ve palmed the target card again.  I pluck the deck delicately back from the guest of honor and resume shuffling, almost idly.  “So, you seem like a pretty smart bunch,” I say.  “How am I going to do it?”

“It’s up your sleeve!” some kid offers.

I pause in manipulating the cards long enough to waggle a gauzy yellow arm at him.  This is one of my favorite tops for work: pretty enough that I enjoy wearing it, but I’m not so attached that I’d mourn to see it covered in ketchup; provides sufficient coverage to deter the pervs but still light so I can go into the kitchen without combusting.  “You would totally be able to see it,” I point out.

Murmurs of concession.  “You did something when you shuffled it,” another suggests.

“Ah, but even if I were cunningly keeping the same card on top, you all still had a chance to shuffle too.  So that's out.”

“I thought magicians weren’t supposed to reveal their secrets,” the brat next to Birthday Boy says.

“You know what?  You’re absolutely right.”  With that, I pluck the top card off the deck and throw it face-up onto the table.

The boys explode into a cacophony of disbelief and delight at the sight of the five of clubs.  The rest of my little audience applauds.  I pull my apron out to one side and give my best curtsey, beaming for real.  Birthday Boy examines the card reverently.  “Can you show me how to do that?” he asks, handing it back to me.

I wink.  “Some other time,” I say.  “Right now I think you’re gonna be too busy with cake.”

Every little head swivels toward Katie, wheeling in our rickety dessert cart with her usual impeccable timing.  The grocery store cake is iced with the Minecraft logo, complete with tiled green background and a little plastic Creeper.  I might have to consider liking this kid.  The party breaks out in an atonal chorus of “Happy Birthday,” then Katie and I work quickly to distribute the sugar rush.

For more #saturdayscenes  from other authors, check out the hashtag!___

2014-10-10 16:37:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Got plot bunnied by a misread tweet. Now trying to figure out what the time travel industry would look like.

Got plot bunnied by a misread tweet. Now trying to figure out what the time travel industry would look like.___

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2014-10-10 16:22:55 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

We’re still behaving like the rebel alliance, but now we’re the Empire. We got where we are by ignoring outsiders and believing in ourselves even when nobody else would. The decades have proved that our way was largely right and the critics were wrong, so our habit of not listening has become deeply entrenched. It even became a bit of a bonding ritual to attack critics of the culture because they usually didn’t understand what we were doing beyond a surface level. It didn’t used to matter because nobody except a handful of forum readers would see the rants. The same reflex becomes a massive problem now that nerds wield real power.

I'm not sure that I entirely agree that there's no value in nerd culture; things still splinter a bit along fandom lines even as the general idea of nerdiness has become socially accepted, or even valued.  But the power dynamics have definitely changed,and it&#... more »

We’re still behaving like the rebel alliance, but now we’re the Empire. We got where we are by ignoring outsiders and believing in ourselves even when nobody else would. The decades have proved that our way was largely right and the critics were wrong, so our habit of not listening has become deeply entrenched. It even became a bit of a bonding ritual to attack critics of the culture because they usually didn’t understand what we were doing beyond a surface level. It didn’t used to matter because nobody except a handful of forum readers would see the rants. The same reflex becomes a massive problem now that nerds wield real power.

I'm not sure that I entirely agree that there's no value in nerd culture; things still splinter a bit along fandom lines even as the general idea of nerdiness has become socially accepted, or even valued.  But the power dynamics have definitely changed, and it's clear that the culture hasn't adjusted accordingly.___

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2014-10-08 15:00:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Story time!

I actually did carry purses in high school.  There was never very much in them, but I had one, you know?

Fast forward to college.  Specifically, fast forward to Disneyland.  

Pockets were never, ever an issue with Disney costumes.  The trousers were all unisex, giving us four standard pockets.  Coats all had at least two outer pockets, unisex or gendered, and frequently had an inner pocket as well.  The Opera House costume, with its early 1900s silhouette, was probably the worst, and it still had one nice deep side pocket in the skirt, and the A/C was kept high enough that you could wear the women's coat, with its fantastic huge pockets, even in the summer.  See, there were certain things that each and every CM was required to have on them at all times (namely their ID and a reference guide), and most of us needed to have various things handy (rider switch passes,re-ads... more »

Because pockets.

No, seriously. I love pockets. And a skirt with pockets? Nearly impossible to find. At least a decent looking one with functional, usable pockets. Oooh, pockets. I just like saying pockets now.

Let's not forget the overall fit issues women typically have with clothing. I can't say I'm one size or another, because in Wrangler (the decent not Walmart ones), I'm a size 9. Anywhere else? 12.

I should probably just sew my own stuff.

Also, a commenter mentioned almost all eshakti dresses / skirts having pockets. Is this true? ___Story time!

I actually did carry purses in high school.  There was never very much in them, but I had one, you know?

Fast forward to college.  Specifically, fast forward to Disneyland.  

Pockets were never, ever an issue with Disney costumes.  The trousers were all unisex, giving us four standard pockets.  Coats all had at least two outer pockets, unisex or gendered, and frequently had an inner pocket as well.  The Opera House costume, with its early 1900s silhouette, was probably the worst, and it still had one nice deep side pocket in the skirt, and the A/C was kept high enough that you could wear the women's coat, with its fantastic huge pockets, even in the summer.  See, there were certain things that each and every CM was required to have on them at all times (namely their ID and a reference guide), and most of us needed to have various things handy (rider switch passes, re-ads, stickers, pins, even extra maps and schedules) in order to do our jobs.  So they made it work, while still keeping the clothes thematically and period-appropriate.

What was a problem were lockers, which were limited and vulnerable and only accessible on breaks.  Having to stick your stuff in a locker meant adding a couple of extra minutes before you could clock in, which was not time I always had.  So I quickly learned how to get by with just the stuff I could stash on my person.  

This carried over into my civilian life.  While I enjoy skirts and dresses and such, functionally I wear jeans (and only jeans with four full-sized pockets) almost exclusively.  I've recently started carrying a bag, but I don't carry it everywhere, and still tend to rely on just my pockets.

So yes, I'm pretty much locked out of "fashion" because of my inexplicable need to have stuff with me that is easily accessible.  A designer who managed to make clothes that were cute, affordable, and had sufficient onboard storage would have me as a customer for life.

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2014-10-08 14:36:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

It's a teeny Lego NES!  That plays hundreds of NES and SNES games!  ::muppetflails::

The RetroPie gaming case for the Raspberry Pi.  
I ended up having to make a few adjustments as I built, and had to come up with a solution for my minor screwup (I used the measurements for the Raspberry Pi B, and bought the B+, so not only was the case a couple of cm too small, but the opening for the USB connectors is far too small to accommodate all four. ___It's a teeny Lego NES!  That plays hundreds of NES and SNES games!  ::muppetflails::

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2014-10-07 14:21:19 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting analysis of the rather unexpected news out of the Supreme Court.  Personally, I think that they're waiting for the split circuit, so all eyes are going to be on the case pending in the 6th.

An interesting analysis of the rather unexpected news out of the Supreme Court.  Personally, I think that they're waiting for the split circuit, so all eyes are going to be on the case pending in the 6th.___

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2014-10-06 19:42:43 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Yeah, I don't do renames very well.  I was still calling the Honda Center the Pond for years after it changed (or the Honda Ponda because I am four years old and find that amusing).  So I'm probably still going to refer to Oklahoma Joe's.  Joe's Kansas City is just generic.

Yeah, I don't do renames very well.  I was still calling the Honda Center the Pond for years after it changed (or the Honda Ponda because I am four years old and find that amusing).  So I'm probably still going to refer to Oklahoma Joe's.  Joe's Kansas City is just generic.___

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2014-10-06 14:04:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Are you registered to vote?

Midterm elections in the US are November 4th.  I know midterms aren't as sexy as a presidential year, but voting is still important!  This link at Rock the Vote lets you know the registration deadlines for your state, and the site also has tons of other resources for making sure you're ready to go.

Are you registered to vote?

Midterm elections in the US are November 4th.  I know midterms aren't as sexy as a presidential year, but voting is still important!  This link at Rock the Vote lets you know the registration deadlines for your state, and the site also has tons of other resources for making sure you're ready to go.___

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2014-10-06 13:46:44 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Your Monday needs a GIR dance.

Hell, your every day needs a GIR dance.

___Your Monday needs a GIR dance.

Hell, your every day needs a GIR dance.

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2014-10-06 12:57:14 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Hey, I'm migrating my NaNoWriMo Prep for Pantsers series from last year over to the blog!  Because it was awesome, not because I'm shamelessly recycling old posts so I don't have to write anything new.  Don't give me that look.

Who's in for NaNo this year?  I need to clean out my old NaNo circle and start building the new one.

Hey, I'm migrating my NaNoWriMo Prep for Pantsers series from last year over to the blog!  Because it was awesome, not because I'm shamelessly recycling old posts so I don't have to write anything new.  Don't give me that look.

Who's in for NaNo this year?  I need to clean out my old NaNo circle and start building the new one.___

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2014-10-05 12:39:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Paternoster Girls!  (And potato.)

Hands up if you want this on a tshirt?

// Get here blueboxtees.com/?wm=10255

~DSD #DoctorWho #PaternosterGang #ThePowerpuffGirls___The Paternoster Girls!  (And potato.)

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2014-10-03 16:45:36 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Every. Damn. Day.

___Every. Damn. Day.

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2014-10-03 14:57:35 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

We have a bed frame!  We also have a physics puzzle.  I think we're going to end up having to take it apart again to get it through the door.  Since we have no mattress and do have a rather large entertainment center still in that room, we may also have to just leave it in pieces until we've cleared more space.

Ah well, at least that's one thing off my list.

We have a bed frame!  We also have a physics puzzle.  I think we're going to end up having to take it apart again to get it through the door.  Since we have no mattress and do have a rather large entertainment center still in that room, we may also have to just leave it in pieces until we've cleared more space.

Ah well, at least that's one thing off my list.___

2014-10-03 14:00:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Things I Want to Do Today
Play Infinity
Read
Finish frogging the mistakes on the Alice cross-stitch
Go get coffee and breakfast
Get caught up on TV/YouTube stuff

Things I Have to Do Today
Prepare the guest room for bed frame delivery
Hang around waiting for the delivery guys
Laundry
Clean bathrooms
Clean living room

::sigh::

Things I Want to Do Today
Play Infinity
Read
Finish frogging the mistakes on the Alice cross-stitch
Go get coffee and breakfast
Get caught up on TV/YouTube stuff

Things I Have to Do Today
Prepare the guest room for bed frame delivery
Hang around waiting for the delivery guys
Laundry
Clean bathrooms
Clean living room

::sigh::___

2014-10-02 23:56:46 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I don't think the locals understand IKEA.  I overheard several people today who seemed utterly perplexed at how to buy something they saw in the showroom.  (Write down the numbers on the tag and go downstairs, people.  Not that difficult.)  Down in the as-is area, we spotted exactly the bed frame we'd been eyeing for the guest bedroom (except the wrong color, but paint is a thing), and asked why it was there.  Someone had bought it, tried to build it, then gave up and brought it back.

So we snagged it, of course.  Your ineptitude is my 20% discount.  Now we just need a mattress...

I don't think the locals understand IKEA.  I overheard several people today who seemed utterly perplexed at how to buy something they saw in the showroom.  (Write down the numbers on the tag and go downstairs, people.  Not that difficult.)  Down in the as-is area, we spotted exactly the bed frame we'd been eyeing for the guest bedroom (except the wrong color, but paint is a thing), and asked why it was there.  Someone had bought it, tried to build it, then gave up and brought it back.

So we snagged it, of course.  Your ineptitude is my 20% discount.  Now we just need a mattress...___

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2014-10-01 18:34:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

It's been a while since we've done a #wipwednesday , and this one is an exercise in frustration.

So here we have a commission/art exchange for +Laura Toivola, which is a bit delayed because it took me forEVer to find fabric that was the correct color, size, and weave so that I didn't have to fill in the background.  Because of that, I can't use gridlines as I have done on other complex projects.  So my thinking here was to find the middle of the fabric and the middle of the pattern (you can see the horizontal crease that marks the midpoint).  I ran through one length of a couple of different colors until I found my way to an edge, then I traced along the outside with the background color.  I filled in a couple more color lengths to help keep me honest, because I realized that it would be really easy to miss a stitch without realizing it due to a lack of any other reference. Ke... more »

It's been a while since we've done a #wipwednesday , and this one is an exercise in frustration.

So here we have a commission/art exchange for +Laura Toivola, which is a bit delayed because it took me forEVer to find fabric that was the correct color, size, and weave so that I didn't have to fill in the background.  Because of that, I can't use gridlines as I have done on other complex projects.  So my thinking here was to find the middle of the fabric and the middle of the pattern (you can see the horizontal crease that marks the midpoint).  I ran through one length of a couple of different colors until I found my way to an edge, then I traced along the outside with the background color.  I filled in a couple more color lengths to help keep me honest, because I realized that it would be really easy to miss a stitch without realizing it due to a lack of any other reference.  Keep that part in mind.

I traced around until I got to the top of her head, then I started filling in the entire thing.  Working my way down, everything was all well and good, until I got to her sleeve on the left side and could not for the life of me figure out why the pattern wasn't matching up.

It's because I missed a stitch while tracing.  One single stitch.  So now the filled in part is one column off of all the stuff below it.

It's not a catastrophic failure, because I can frog the outline and various loose bits.  Of course, it means I have to frog the outline and various loose bits, which is time-consuming and messy and eye-strainy.

Gaaaargh.___

2014-10-01 13:51:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Cross-post for great justice!

Can y'all point me toward some urban fantasy that's particularly tropey?  I need something I can poke with a stick in the hope of sending plot bunnies scurrying out.___Cross-post for great justice!

2014-10-01 13:50:45 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Can y'all point me toward some urban fantasy that's particularly tropey?  I need something I can poke with a stick in the hope of sending plot bunnies scurrying out.

Can y'all point me toward some urban fantasy that's particularly tropey?  I need something I can poke with a stick in the hope of sending plot bunnies scurrying out.___

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2014-10-01 00:04:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Can we just call Windows 10 "War Windows"?  

#vworpvworp

Can we just call Windows 10 "War Windows"?  

#vworpvworp___

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2014-09-30 12:30:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

You know, as much as I love Black Widow, I'm not all that interested in seeing a solo movie.  I think that she's interesting specifically because she's such a great foil to the various other Avengers, and because up through Winter Soldier you could never be entirely certain what she was up to or what side she was on (which you kind of lose if she's the protagonist).

But a Black Widow/Hawkeye teamup?  Fuck.  Yeah.  Bonus points if they keep it platonic.

Did Jeremy Renner Drop A Hint About A Possible Black Widow / Hawkeye Movie?

#marvel #movies #superheroes___You know, as much as I love Black Widow, I'm not all that interested in seeing a solo movie.  I think that she's interesting specifically because she's such a great foil to the various other Avengers, and because up through Winter Soldier you could never be entirely certain what she was up to or what side she was on (which you kind of lose if she's the protagonist).

But a Black Widow/Hawkeye teamup?  Fuck.  Yeah.  Bonus points if they keep it platonic.

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2014-09-30 11:56:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hmm, very tempting.  Especially at only $10.  Too bad I don't spend too much time under the daystar, so it's not really "me" as such.

Hmm, very tempting.  Especially at only $10.  Too bad I don't spend too much time under the daystar, so it's not really "me" as such.___

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2014-09-27 14:21:26 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-26 15:50:10 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The new IKEA in Kansas City

(Picture is of a random IKEA)

We finally got over to check out the new IKEA yesterday, since we were in the area having lunch with a friend.

Verdict: It's huge!  I'm pretty sure it's bigger than the one we used to go to in Costa Mesa.  It was crawling with people but not really crowded, and we didn't have any trouble finding parking or getting to the stuff we wanted to examine more closely.  We now have our eye on the perfect dining table and are still contemplating guest beds.

We did not try out the restaurant because we'd just eaten.  Although we did pick up frozen meatballs, naturally.

The new IKEA in Kansas City

(Picture is of a random IKEA)

We finally got over to check out the new IKEA yesterday, since we were in the area having lunch with a friend.

Verdict: It's huge!  I'm pretty sure it's bigger than the one we used to go to in Costa Mesa.  It was crawling with people but not really crowded, and we didn't have any trouble finding parking or getting to the stuff we wanted to examine more closely.  We now have our eye on the perfect dining table and are still contemplating guest beds.

We did not try out the restaurant because we'd just eaten.  Although we did pick up frozen meatballs, naturally.___

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2014-09-25 23:21:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Disney Infinity stuff I bought on eBay arrived today!  I got an hour or so to play around with it before we left for writing.  First impressions: The intro sequence made me feel like an 8 year old exploring Disneyland for the first time.  In general the game seems like a lot of fun, although slightly souring that five minutes into the first playset, the whole thing froze.  :/  Looking forward to messing around some more, though.

(Edit: Oh, and if you're curious, I got the game and control pad, 12 characters, and 11 power discs all for $50.  It took a bit of patience and some eBay sniping skillz, but the used market definitely makes this game less painful on the wallet.)

The Disney Infinity stuff I bought on eBay arrived today!  I got an hour or so to play around with it before we left for writing.  First impressions: The intro sequence made me feel like an 8 year old exploring Disneyland for the first time.  In general the game seems like a lot of fun, although slightly souring that five minutes into the first playset, the whole thing froze.  :/  Looking forward to messing around some more, though.

(Edit: Oh, and if you're curious, I got the game and control pad, 12 characters, and 11 power discs all for $50.  It took a bit of patience and some eBay sniping skillz, but the used market definitely makes this game less painful on the wallet.)___

2014-09-25 15:42:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

"So why did you put on clothes?"

"Well, we're going to have to leave the house sometime."

"...Why?"

"Buy-one-get-one Frappuccinos!"

"Oh yeah."

"So why did you put on clothes?"

"Well, we're going to have to leave the house sometime."

"...Why?"

"Buy-one-get-one Frappuccinos!"

"Oh yeah."___

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2014-09-24 21:58:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

We're planning on doing the Nightmare Before Christmas thing with our holiday decorations.  Naturally I couldn't pass these up.

We're planning on doing the Nightmare Before Christmas thing with our holiday decorations.  Naturally I couldn't pass these up.___

2014-09-24 16:54:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It always amazes me how my days off slip by.  It's nearly noon, and all I've really done is go out for breakfast and run a couple of errands.  (I popped into Michaels for a paintbrush, ended up grabbing a whole basket of Halloween decorations, and had to put it on hold because there's an excellent whole-purchase coupon that doesn't start until 4pm.  You know, as you do.)

Not really sure what's on our docket for the weekend.  We were intending to do all sorts of stuff last week when we were off: finish the office, housework, measure things out for getting the house wired, and so on and so forth.  And then the husbandperson caught a particularly nasty cold, and we spent the whole week on the couch.  So presumably we're going to try to make some headway on all that stuff.  I may have finally found a solution for my Circular Gallifreyan problem, which pleases megreatl... more »

It always amazes me how my days off slip by.  It's nearly noon, and all I've really done is go out for breakfast and run a couple of errands.  (I popped into Michaels for a paintbrush, ended up grabbing a whole basket of Halloween decorations, and had to put it on hold because there's an excellent whole-purchase coupon that doesn't start until 4pm.  You know, as you do.)

Not really sure what's on our docket for the weekend.  We were intending to do all sorts of stuff last week when we were off: finish the office, housework, measure things out for getting the house wired, and so on and so forth.  And then the husbandperson caught a particularly nasty cold, and we spent the whole week on the couch.  So presumably we're going to try to make some headway on all that stuff.  I may have finally found a solution for my Circular Gallifreyan problem, which pleases me greatly.

What's new with you guys?  Are you planning on decorating for Halloween?___

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2014-09-24 01:03:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I've been playing a lot of this game lately (because one of my game night companions is somewhat obsessed).  It's got some of the funniest instructions I've ever read, and is generally just a lot of fun.  And an iPad version?  Yeah, I think I'm in.

Shared purely for the line "It’s got more multiplayer options than an octopus brothel."___I've been playing a lot of this game lately (because one of my game night companions is somewhat obsessed).  It's got some of the funniest instructions I've ever read, and is generally just a lot of fun.  And an iPad version?  Yeah, I think I'm in.

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2014-09-22 15:31:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Random child doing the dragon slaying at Ren Fest.  Made kind of an awesome shot.

Random child doing the dragon slaying at Ren Fest.  Made kind of an awesome shot.___

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2014-09-22 14:15:20 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"We were surprised by what our demographic is," said Vignocchi. "We had thought, for example, that we'd be 70/30 [percent] boys to girls, but it got down to about 60/40, and then after the holidays, it went to 55/45." Vignocchi is very aware of the sizeable female audience, and the upcoming figures feature plenty of women--Black Widow, Maleficent, and Merida from Brave have already been announced, and others are on their way.

The three starter characters for 1.0 were dudes, and between six characters in the two supplementary launch packs, there was precisely one female.  Subsequent releases brought much more balance; now 2.0 has two base versions, and each has a female character in there.

See, game developers?  This is not that hard.

"We were surprised by what our demographic is," said Vignocchi. "We had thought, for example, that we'd be 70/30 [percent] boys to girls, but it got down to about 60/40, and then after the holidays, it went to 55/45." Vignocchi is very aware of the sizeable female audience, and the upcoming figures feature plenty of women--Black Widow, Maleficent, and Merida from Brave have already been announced, and others are on their way.

The three starter characters for 1.0 were dudes, and between six characters in the two supplementary launch packs, there was precisely one female.  Subsequent releases brought much more balance; now 2.0 has two base versions, and each has a female character in there.

See, game developers?  This is not that hard.___

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2014-09-20 23:55:38 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Here's a slightly better look at my henna (from right after I got it applied).  I'd seriously have my hands done year-round if I could afford it.  Well, and if I thought my bosses would let me.

Here's a slightly better look at my henna (from right after I got it applied).  I'd seriously have my hands done year-round if I could afford it.  Well, and if I thought my bosses would let me.___

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2014-09-20 23:53:01 (14 comments, 2 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.

Since I never did buy myself something pretty as a reward for finally getting my first queries out, I promised myself garb at the Renaissance Festival today.  One of the shops was clearing out these velvet gowns, because they messed up the sizing on the first run.  This one is normally around $300, but I scored it for $75.  Aww yiss.___

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2014-09-20 13:40:45 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

CHAOS THEORY Part 15 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Excerpt 15:

Derek and Katrina journey all day toward the crossroads, and arrive that night to find the town on fire.

Derek struggled to keep up with the tiny cat as she wove and dodged her way to the heart of the burning town.  He almost missed seeing her slip through the collapsed entrance of a stone house whose wooden upper story had nearly burned itself out, and had to shove the heavy remains of the door aside to follow her in.

The interior here hadn't suffered the depredations he would have expected based on the outside.  The stone structure was almost like a cave—much to Derek's dismay, as he'd grown thoroughly sick of caves—uneven and somewhat rounded as the walls rose into the ceiling, without the support of any sort of beams or rafters.  Unfortunately, theprotect... more »

CHAOS THEORY Part 15 (Read from the beginning: http://goo.gl/z50fJB)

Excerpt 15:

Derek and Katrina journey all day toward the crossroads, and arrive that night to find the town on fire.

Derek struggled to keep up with the tiny cat as she wove and dodged her way to the heart of the burning town.  He almost missed seeing her slip through the collapsed entrance of a stone house whose wooden upper story had nearly burned itself out, and had to shove the heavy remains of the door aside to follow her in.

The interior here hadn't suffered the depredations he would have expected based on the outside.  The stone structure was almost like a cave—much to Derek's dismay, as he'd grown thoroughly sick of caves—uneven and somewhat rounded as the walls rose into the ceiling, without the support of any sort of beams or rafters.  Unfortunately, the protection from the fire also eliminated the source of light, and after the brilliance of the surrounding blaze, Derek found himself blinking in the dim.  He fumbled his flashlight out and cast about for any trace of Katrina.  

The artificial beam reflected off her toothy grin, and he pointed the light more firmly at her.  She sat neatly in a doorway, her tail curled around her legs, looking entirely unconcerned and unhurried in that way that only a cat truly can.  "You're not having trouble keeping up, are you?" she purred.

"Not at all," he wheezed.  The burning top floor creaked ominously, and he shot his light up as though he might catch the first cracks before they appeared.  "I'm not sure this building is structurally sound," he said.  "Is this really wise?"

"Wisdom has very little to do with it," she said, the end of her tail flicking idly as though she was lounging in a favorite sunbeam on a lazy afternoon, instead of in the middle of a burning building.  "Highly overrated, wisdom.  This is, however, precisely where we need to be.  Now, if you're done taking in the sights?"  She flashed through the doorway.  Derek scowled and followed.

They emerged into a lavishly appointed dining room, centered around a long, heavy wooden table with a marble top and easily twenty high-backed, cushioned chairs gathered around it.  Each place was set for tea with elaborate, gleaming china, though no two settings matched each other; a delicate white scalloped cup sat next to a garishly painted mug, which sat beside a tiny gilded teapot sculpted delicately of flowers and vines.  A glittering ebony candelabra presided from the middle of the table, brightly colored candles blazing merrily like the adornment of a child's birthday cake, though given the volume of candles, the child was astonishingly old.  Serving trays, as mismatched as the china in silver, gold, copper, and porcelain, bore piles of cakes, sandwiches, petit fours, cupcakes, and other treats.  The walls held just as eclectic an assortment of decor: gilded mirrors, severe portraits, stuffed animal heads, overwrought floral arrangements.  The presence of the stone walls was jarring; one would have expected some sort of wallpaper or wooden paneling to accompany the high-class—though slightly schizophrenic—aspirations of the rest of the fittings.

Katrina prowled the edges of the room, her tail flickering like a searching antenna.  The dishes on the table rattled in response to a breeze Derek couldn't feel.  He thought about sitting in one of the ornate chairs, but the eerie interruptedness of the scene unnerved him, as did the watchfulness of the room with its taxidermied occupants.  How long had this party gone unattended?  He eyed the trays of food, his stomach arguing with his brain about food safety, parasites, and whether he was too hungry to care.

The cat jumped onto one of the brocaded chair cushions and stuck her nose up onto the table, peering over its contents with clear feline scorn.  She nimbly hopped up onto the carved back of the chair, winding her tail around the varnished wood.  This put her nearly nose to nose with a stuffed buck, its magnificent antlers spreading out in glinting brown points.  "Okay, Pat," Katrina said, "where is it?"

The deer sniffed.  "If you don't know," it said in a tight, high voice, "I'm not telling you."

Katrina's tail lashed once, very carefully, as her position was already somewhat precarious.  "I don't have time for your bullshit," she said, her voice soft and dangerous, "especially when you clowns keep moving things on me.  It took me long enough to find this room at all, and now the key is missing.  Cough it up."

"I don't have to listen to you," the deer whined.  "This kind of abuse is highly unnecessary."

Katrina grinned.  "You haven't seen abuse yet, my disembodied darling.  If I get stuck here, you'll be happy to just have this ridiculous roof fall on you.  Very happy."

The mounting board creaked as the deer shook itself irritably.  "Anyway,” it said, “I don't know where you're trying to get to.  There are dozens of doors, how am I supposed to tell you where the one you're looking for is?"

The cat leaned forward and pressed her nose against the deer's cold, stuffed one.  With the volume down and cropped in close enough, it might have been the kind of adorable scene that set middle-aged women's email inboxes ablaze.  Ah, what a difference context makes.  There was no mistaking the threat in the gesture when Katrina growled, "You know goddamn well where I'm going.  There's only one place it could possibly be.  Your thick head is all you have left to you.  I'd think you'd try using it sometime."

"Ah, but you see," the deer intoned dolefully, "they've taken my brain.  It's cotton and sawdust in there now."

"You don't say."  She glared at the stuffed head for another moment, then jumped down off the chair and stalked between the wooden furniture legs, a low rumbling growl deep in her throat indicating her position.

Derek had mostly ignored this conversation, and shrugged off the strangeness of the talking mounted head, which was no odder than something you might find in a theme park.  Perhaps he was just acclimating at last.  Instead, he had either won or lost his internal struggle over the presence of the food, and was happily munching on his fourth delicate cucumber and watercress sandwich.  The dull roar of the commotion outside seemed so far away from within the thick, stone walls.  Derek found himself almost relaxing, and settled into one of the elegant and not terribly comfortable chairs without noticing that he had done so.  He contemplated the array of teapots, curious about their contents.  He'd never been much for tea, but after days of nothing but water, even enchanted water, it might make a nice change.

As if reading his mind, the buck said, "Perhaps you might enjoy a bit of tea?"

Katrina jumped up on the table, nearly upending an empty saucer in a lurid blue floral pattern.  She squinted at the deer mistrustfully.  "What are you saying?" she asked.

The deer waggled its head again, a rough approximation of a shrug given its lack of shoulders.  "I'm merely trying to be hospitable," it replied peevishly.  "Why must you be so suspicious of everything?  It's most unbecoming."

Katrina continued to glare unabated for a long moment.  Then she hopped to the floor, resuming her human form upon landing.  Derek tried to follow the transformation, but he still couldn't wrap his brain around it.  She rested her hand on her chin and carefully contemplated the table, glancing back and forth between the variety of teapots.  Scowling up at the deer one more time, she selected a delicate bone pot with a carved relief scene of several animals running in a large circle.  She found an empty mug, filled it up, and passed it to Derek, then poured a small chipped cup for herself.  He peered into the depths of the brown liquid.  It looked normal enough, but what the hell did that mean anymore?

"Bottoms up," Katrina said, and knocked back the drink.  Derek followed suit.

And that's it! Thanks for reading, everyone!

Read more #saturdayscenes  from other authors at the hashtag.

Illustration by +Laura Toivola ___

2014-09-19 21:13:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

::someone brings up cheesecake::

"Dammit, now I want cheesecake."

::drives to Cheesecake Factory::

Adulthood: FLAWLESS VICTORY

::someone brings up cheesecake::

"Dammit, now I want cheesecake."

::drives to Cheesecake Factory::

Adulthood: FLAWLESS VICTORY___

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2014-09-19 17:21:08 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

So, +Keith Wilson, this is what I mean when I say that smartwatches are too big.  This is the Gear 2, and that's as tight as the band would go around my wrist.  It's not really an issue of style or preference, this simply does not fit.

Though I will say that I found the Moto 360 quite comfortable.  (It did overhang my wrist as well, but to a much smaller degree.)  That supports my general feeling that it's the portrait rectangular screen rather than the size that's the difficulty for smaller wrists.

So, +Keith Wilson, this is what I mean when I say that smartwatches are too big.  This is the Gear 2, and that's as tight as the band would go around my wrist.  It's not really an issue of style or preference, this simply does not fit.

Though I will say that I found the Moto 360 quite comfortable.  (It did overhang my wrist as well, but to a much smaller degree.)  That supports my general feeling that it's the portrait rectangular screen rather than the size that's the difficulty for smaller wrists.___

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2014-09-19 15:49:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Can you drink coffee out of one of those beer hats?  I was challenged to find out.

(Aww, it's my very first YouTube video!)

Can you drink coffee out of one of those beer hats?  I was challenged to find out.

(Aww, it's my very first YouTube video!)___

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2014-09-18 21:41:48 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Anyone here play Disney Infinity?  I'm going back and forth, and I'm terribly torn.  On the one hand, it looks like a lot of fun, it's a kind of gameplay I really enjoy (I've heard it compared to the Lego games, which I lurve despite their sometimes frustrating controls), and I'm a Disney nut.  On the other hand, it's really expensive, I'm not sure where I'd keep all the figures, and ZOMG expensive (for instance, apparently the characters in 1.0 work in 2.0, but the playset missions don't, so if I want that gameplay, I'd need both versions).  Also, I don't have any kids, and I feel like this is the sort of game that's not really meant for a childless adult...

Thoughts?

Anyone here play Disney Infinity?  I'm going back and forth, and I'm terribly torn.  On the one hand, it looks like a lot of fun, it's a kind of gameplay I really enjoy (I've heard it compared to the Lego games, which I lurve despite their sometimes frustrating controls), and I'm a Disney nut.  On the other hand, it's really expensive, I'm not sure where I'd keep all the figures, and ZOMG expensive (for instance, apparently the characters in 1.0 work in 2.0, but the playset missions don't, so if I want that gameplay, I'd need both versions).  Also, I don't have any kids, and I feel like this is the sort of game that's not really meant for a childless adult...

Thoughts?___

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