Not a Paid Endorsement: Wallabee

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:52 pm
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A little over a year ago, mom got me hooked onto one of the (many) geo games she plays. This one is called Wallabee, and it is a geo-social digital trading card game. I've been playing it fairly reliably since, and enjoying it as a nice way to waste a little (or a lot) of time while I'm out and about, and figured I'd give y'all the spiel in case it's something that sounds interesting to you.

The core mechanic of the game is filling out "sets" of cards. Each card has multiple copies, but every copy of the card has a different number --when a new copy is generated, the number increments by one. This leads to a fun variety of ways to play the game, because not only can you focus on trying to complete your sets with all the different cards within them, you can also try to collect the lowest number possible while you do it, or acquire many cards of a certain number or pattern.

New cards can be generated by purchasing them in the store with honeycomb (the in-game currency) or randomly "foraging" at different locations. Older cards can be acquired by trading with other players or by picking up cards stored at those same locations. Mixers are a way to get either new or old cards --combine two mixers and you will get either a new card from any set, or an older card from the mixerpool.

Each player may store one of each card in their sets. You may also hold cards in your pouch, or store them in your lockbox if you have locks (there are some in-game ways to obtain locks, but the easiest/most common way is with real-life money). If you want to have more cards then that --duplicates, or interesting numbers, or what-have-you, you have to leave them at the locations near you. However, locations are totally open for anyone to pillage, so be careful!

The store is constantly generating new cards --nine will appear, each for a minute or two before disappearing and being replaced. Two (or more) players can buy the same card...but whichever player purchases first will get the lower number! This leads to a race when a new card is released (announced via twitter in what's called a "boing") as people rush to the store and try to buy the earliest card they can. Getting a TD (three-digit) card is a special challenge --you better catch the boing in the first few minutes or you're out of luck!

Gameplay comes from exploring locations as you travel and seeing if you can get better numbers for your sets, or fill out missing sets. Additionally, those early numbers you got from the store (or picked up in the world) can be used as bait for trading with other players. If you collect a specific number, you can often entice it away from another player by swapping them something long as they're not collecting that number too! There's also a player market where you can sell your specific numbered cards for the price you set, and a forum for setting up trades and auctions.

You can get in-game currency by "foraging" at different locations --every time you forage, you get a small amount of honeycomb (money), a random item, or occasionally "nothing". You can spend real money on honeycomb as well, or on locks, or on pouch space (the default pouch size is 30, you can grow up to 150 slots). I benefitted from having a mom who plays, so she grew my pouch for me, but it looks like it's a max of $32 --and the company has sales a couple times a year. I've gotten about a hundred locks so far from various in-game things, and haven't used them all up yet, and see no reason whatsoever to purchase honeycomb, as I'm sitting on a cool half-mil from foraging. I appreciate that it's a game with the option for microtransactions but absolutely not the need for them.

The game very easily scratches the itch of 5-30 minutes mindless entertainment needed on the bus or waiting in line. I'll occasionally play for a couple hours at a stretch, but I find it pretty easy to set down if I need to. I've completed all my sets (new goal: Get as many perfect numbered items as possible! 496 and 8128, here I come!) and it's a nice bit of mindless to check in when I'm somewhere new and see if there's anything lower I can swap for.

I have no idea if this is the sort of thing you're interested in, but it's been satisfying for me to work on. I'm Sorcyress roundabouts there --lemme know if you try it out, and add me as a friend!


Slightly tipsy 2am rambles

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:49 am
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The energy bounce when I stop being sick and depressed is in full swing (this is apparently an ADHD thing) and i'm pretty joyful about it. Spouse and I ran slightly farther today than we did on Monday. I'm up at 2 because we actually made it out to HellaGay queer dance night. I feel so powered up from being around so many other queers and also getting pretty and dancing with my spouse. We got a ton of compliments from people on our getups. Spouse is gorgeous. I always get hit on by confused gay boys when I femme out, which makes my little trans heart quite happy. Now we're in a little joint wolfing down some pizza and wings, which I will probably pay for later in the stomach department but man is this fabulous right now.
Oakland has some ridiculous nightlife. I'm into it.

Tentative optimism

Feb. 15th, 2019 01:59 pm
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Looks like resting all day yesterday was the right choice. My mood is better, I feel less sick, and I'm able to start school tasks again.
Dude burnout is real

Brief update...

Feb. 14th, 2019 07:21 pm
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I feel stable right now as long as I am alone in bed reading the internet and not thinking. Cross your fingers this is a step in the right direction and not the wrong one.

Why are my brain meats like this

Feb. 14th, 2019 12:14 pm
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After the conflict I wrote about last week, i've really spiraled. I got freaked out about opening my phone to more conflict so I turned it off for almost five days. I deleted messenger and finally actually got rid of Facebook. These weren't the worst ideas, but I also don't feel better and i've been avoiding contact with ANYONE.
I don't isolate unless i'm really shutting down. I left my volunteer shift early on Tuesday and mostly have not gotten out of bed since then. I'm scared of my roommate for no good reason, and i'm not doing any of the new semester work. My teaching pastor has been radio silent for a couple of weeks.

I've been tweaking my meds combination, but so far can't get a good balance. I doze all day but then freak out when I can't sleep at night. I cant stop fixating on all the unresolved conflicts of the past 8 years of my life. My spouse is also having a hard time, and we are in an unfamiliar city where I have no one to call for support.

Honestly i... don't know what to do. I want to go home.

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Feb. 13th, 2019 09:54 pm
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It is Singularly Impressive how badly I want ice cream right now. Like, kinda all I can think about, just the idea of that nice thick milk fat and high sugar! I think I've made the saving throw vs Scoop 'n' Scootery, mostly due to $15 and >45min. I have not yet totally made the saving through against "go to the corner store". I will prrrrrobably manage to make that save, but if anyone wants to get ice cream sometime next week while I'm home for February break, like, hmu?

In my defense, I just got out of a definitely solid Highland class. I learned an important data point! The way I go all frustrated and distant when I'm not getting something and it fills me with self-loathing because why am I not automatically perfect all the time is _not_ based on not having sufficient food. I mean, there's probably still correlation, but I actually ate proper dinner before Highland (ramen, two eggs, peas and corm) and still went to The Dark Place as I failed utterly to grasp Bonnie Dundee. By the end of the practice, I could mostly do the first three steps independently, but stringing it all together made it fall back apart. Practice, I suppose.

We started with Sword dance, which is arguably my best (I have a really good half point) and ended with Hornpipe, which is definitely my favourite, so the hard part was sammiched between a bunch of good stuff. As always, I am sweaty and exhausted. Man I want ice cream though. Other sugarfoods are not cutting it.

(This is weird, in that I don't normally have specific food cravings. I can live with it though. I am not actually going to get ice cream tonight, which is Highly Tragic, but I may buy some from the corner store tomorrow on my way to Austin's. He can suffer with my terribly cravings. ;) )


Winter farm share, fifth pickup

Feb. 13th, 2019 04:21 pm
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Another similar pickup: carrots, golden beets, chioggia beets, starburst purple daikon radish, purple top turnips, red potatoes, a bag of tortillas, and a bag of Baer’s dry beans, this week soldier beans.

Ow ow ow ow

Feb. 12th, 2019 10:04 pm
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Me, six years ago: a professional ballet dancer
Me, three years ago: a dedicated social dancer
Me, last year: serious about physical activity despite chronic disability
Me, last week: six months through degree, too Brain to exercise
Me, yesterday: runs a mile in the one (1) day between semesters
Me, today: quads so ripped up I can't sit on the toilet without yelling on the way down

Weather is Happening, life, bells

Feb. 12th, 2019 08:15 pm
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The weather is gross and it's making my brain a little gross. On the plus side, if we have a delayed opening tomorrow, I will probably be able to bike in (since it's supposed to be warm and rainy enough to get rid of all the snow --note that it will still be gross). On the minus side, if we have a delayed opening tomorrow, everything will be verklempt. If we don't have a delayed opening, I will need to get the bus, which is Not Fun.

I did successfully bike to therapy, around 3:30. That was almost all on sidewalks and actually pretty fun --the snow wasn't set or slippery enough to be unpleasant, and kinda just made for a groovy balance challenge. Biking to Austin's from therapy was Serious Gross. Mass Ave was okay, but as soon as I had to get off it, everything was terrrrrible. And then my bike popped her chain. Is rethreading a chain while wearing giant lobster gloves fun? No it is not!

Once I arrived at Austin's, I preceded to have a minor freakout (because my brain is the _worst_) to which he very sensibly replied "can I feed you" and thrust carrot-potato soup and walnut-cranberry salad into my mouth until I was sensible again. He is a good duck, and I am glad I know him.

Other stuff in my life...*shrugs*. It's almost February vacation, and I want that so bad I can almost taste it. You know that whole cliche about how "I need a vacation to recover from my vacation"? This is that vacation. It's the first time since the summer where any sort of longer-than-average time away from work is not completely booked solid by going somewhere else and Doing Things. I am desperately excited!

I just purchased Weird Al tickets! I was reminded that the Strings Attached tour is coming up and I asked Austin if that was something he would be interested in, and also asked sir, and then bought a fourth ticket for Bee or if Bee can't schedule it out, whoever first defeats me in a duel to the death. Or writes the best porn for my porn writing contest. Or something, iunno.

So I guess things about my life are okay! I certainly have things to look forward to. Also, despite my utter inability to understand this human concept called "budgeting", I seem to Make Enough Money at my job which means I can do shit like spontaneously buy four concert tickets, and that is weirdly reassuring. Capitalism is still bullshit, don't get me wrong.

Oh! The other good thing in my life --I rang a spontaneous quarter peal on Sunday! Like, we did normal service ringing at Advent, and then went to Tatte for coffee, and I walked out a little after everyone and Danielle was all "we're gonna try for a QP at Old North, you in?" I got to be the treble!

This marks my first tower quarterpeal as not-cover1! This also officially means I have completed ONE PEAL EQUIVALENT! No, that's definitely how it works, four quarter peals equals one peal, it's just math! I'm very proud that it took me less than one year for that first peal equivalent. Now to see if I can actually manage to ring a proper peal before I hit my two year ringing anniversary...

(For reference, a peal is 7!2 changes which takes a little less than three hours. A quarter peal is usually around 45 minutes, and needs to be at least 1260 changes)
((Also for reference, that is definitely not how it works.))
(((Alsoalso, it is Very Convenient that I am the only Katarina on ringingworld)))

So I guess my life is good, even though I'm hella stressed about work. February Vacation's gonna be reeeeeeeeeal good. I hope y'all are well!


PostScript: No seriously, Write me pr0n! Not sure when the contest will end beyond "in the next week or two".

1: Cover is the person ringing consistently at the end of each change/round of ringing, and not moving their place unlike the other bells. It's good times!

2: 7! = 5040
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About 6 months ago I got myself an Apple Watch. Here are some thoughts on it. )

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Feb. 10th, 2019 12:02 am
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Today has been interesting. I got home from bells and slept for about four and a half hours, drifting in and out of dreams. I woke up once or twice within there, enough to acknowledge consciousness, but not quite ready to get all the way up. I knew I'd have to do my words eventually though, so I put my glasses on and acknowledged that it was after ninePM and nothing had been done today.

I'm oddly at peace with it. Usually I get pretty brainpanicked when I spend the entire day doing nothing, and believe me, I'm not *happy* about it, but I didn't sleep super great last night either, and I didn't take my meds today, and so...ya know? It's alright. I'll stay up a little later than I would normally, but then I'll sleep and go to bells and it will all be lovely.

Bells today was *really* top-notch excellent though. There were seven people total to show up, one of whom is our brand-new only-his-third-week beginner (yayyy!) which meant we were doing all the focus on just...repetition of relatively basic learning stuff.

Bells details, which probably tend towards the technical and may not be of interest. TL;dr: I got to do cool new stuff and practice learning how to teach! )

So that's me. Tomorrow is service ringing and demo team and not sure what in between --grading, I hope. See y'all then!


1: Bell ringing is as bad or worse as social dancing for unnecessary reuse of words. The Bob part is the same in both of these method names, but the Double refers to completely different things. Also, Bob as a word gets used frequently for other stuff as well.

2: An extent is when you ring all the possible changes of the bells --each change is one way you can order the bells. So it's all permutations, on three bells the extent is six changes (123, 132, 213, 231, 312, 321), on four there are 24, on five is 120. I've rung extents on six (720 changes) --in hand, and in tower as a tenor covering behind. I've not rung an extent on seven (5040) because I haven't rung any peals yet (but maybe I'll toss my hat in the ring for Easter Sunday if I'm around and it's not NEFFA or California), and I don't actually feel compelled to ring an extent on eight (40,320) because that's like close to a day straight of ringing and I'm so not actually into it.

3: I am two out of these three things, but kindness is the easiest to fake so it's all good. I mean, technically I'm still working on the steadiness in terms of handling ability, but I'm pretty good with the steadiness in terms of "I understand the seriousness of the ringing chamber but it also doesn't freak me out and I can miss the rope without panicking and get myself sorted back out"

4: More for my own purposes than anything else, but Ricky, Danielle, Lauradi, Austin, JohnB...Cally? Elaine certainly. Ed could, but he almost never comes to practice. Oh, Joe! Not sure if I've seen Allison teach or not. Yeah. Good crew, though I'm probably forgetting at least two or three people.

5: This is extra funny to me, because I'm spectacularly good at breaking down and panicking and sobbing and stuff. I just don't do it when there's an explicit Crisis around me, and I especially don't do it in fast-reflexes-required space, preferring to fall to pieces afterwards.

There is a *lot* of Kerowyn in me and always has been.

I got my grades

Feb. 8th, 2019 10:44 pm
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straight "A"s and glowing reviews from my professors. I'm crying a little.

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Feb. 7th, 2019 10:59 pm
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What's up, cats? It's been several years since the last time I did this (like, long enough ago that I'm afraid to look it up) but it's time for another edition of Key Players in Sorcy's Life.

Yes, this is absolutely part of the vague plan to put together a new set of Working Documents for my journal, so that people trying to learn about me can do so as efficiently as possible.

Anywho. People I talk about sometimes. Under the cut! )

If there are other people I have mentioned on the regular, and you have _no idea_ who I'm talking about, please ping me and let me know! If you feel very hurt and upset that I did not describe you, please let me know that as well and I'll throw together a description. (I actually debated a "frequent commenters" section, but then decided I didn't wanna.)

Yay people! Yay reference posts!!


So you are aware...

Feb. 6th, 2019 06:24 pm
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To all the transgender and non-binary people I interact with. I want to let you know that it is very likely I will mis-gender you, because I suck at names.

To explain. I am atrocious with names. It tends to take a *lot* of tries and direct interactions before someone's name sticks, and has been this way for as long as I can recall. To compensate for this, I have gotten really good at structuring what I say to avoid names almost completely. The problem is that structuring mostly functions around using gendered pronouns, and defaults to filing people by apparent gender.

So unless someone's outside appearance clearly matches their expressed gender, my conversational filing system goes completely to shit. This means unless I can clearly recall the preferred gender of someone who's effing name I can't recall, I'm very likely to screw up. And if I get tired, or too distracted (like say, at a party with a lot of people) my default conversational filing system kicks in and I end up misgendering people who's name and preferred pronouns I do know.

This is an explanation, not an excuse. If I get your pronouns wrong, call me on it and/or correct me. I want to re-wire this, but I'm working against a long standing coping mechanism utterly ill-suited to this shift in how gender is perceived and expressed.

Thank you.
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I live in a primarily Vietnamese immigrant neighborhood in Oakland. This is pretty cool in a lot of ways (and for the sake of my conscience I'm glad that we are renting from an immigrant family). We check ourselves constantly to make sure we are resisting gentrification, and not disrupting the local culture. Great, okay.

So did you know that there is a traditional way of celebrating the Lunar New Year that involves having GIANT STRINGS OF FIRECRACKERS on your porch and setting them off at random? And when every house in your neighborhood does it at a random time over the course of five days, particularly when you can't tell at first what the explosions are, this is absolutely fucking terrifying. I will find this comical when it's been a few days and my hair has smoothed down again.

I support this tradition being fun and exciting, and it's my job not to judge it. But maybe next year I go out of town during this particular week.

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