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Took a break from Bede's Ecclesiastical History (and Bede's hammering on the wicked perversity of celebrating Easter on the wrong day) to read Mastodonia]Mastodonia, which I found on a library's free shelf while visiting relatives in the Midwest. Highly recommended for people curious about how to structure tax shelters for time-travel-based businesses. I'm now extending my break from Bede to race through The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, and quickly increasing my list of authors to read more of.

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Speaking of love prevailing, oh my gosh, we just saw an early showing of Loving last night, and it was so good! We were very teary and enjoyed it very much. Lots of actors who were new to us, moments of humor, good chemistry between the main couple. If you have the chance, see it this weekend when it opens (which is apparently the only weekend that matters for judging whether movies are successes).

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I'll pass your words on to the moderators, mechaPoet.

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Just checking in to say how grateful I am that you're all here, to thank everyone who is offering comfort, and encourage everyone to do all they can to take care of themselves and each other.

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Qunnessaa wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:

In other news, we saw The Handmaiden this weekend—it was gorgeous but not for the faint-hearted.

** spoiler omitted **

I hadn't heard of it, but then I very rarely get out to watch any films. If you don't mind elaborating on your comments for the benefit of fussy strangers...

** spoiler omitted **

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I think it's different enough. It's not as different as a Kurosawa take on Shakespeare, but has been significantly reinterpreted. Most of the Mrs. Sucksby plot is gone, the plot surrounding the uncle is much more complicated (as well as creepy), and there's a whole side business of colonialism and Korean vs. Japanese identity politics going on, too.
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189birds wrote:
Does anyone know any fantasy literature with LGBTQ protags? I've been looking for some!

When in doubt, ask Goodreads! From that list, I enjoyed Malinda Lo's books, and several friends recommend Ginn Hale and Astrid Amara.

In other news, we saw The Handmaiden this weekend—it was gorgeous but not for the faint-hearted.

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Trigger warnings for torture, child abuse, and attempted rape; the situation with Lady Hideko's uncle is much grimmer and creepier than in Fingersmith, the book it's inspired by. Also I had a strong sense that the erotic bits were choreographed and shot with an audience other than PNW lesbians in mind (see also After Ellen's review). BUT, it had a happier ending than Fingersmith, which was a pleasant surprise.

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thejeff wrote:

Though Wormysqueue still has a point that the nature of the representation can be as important as the amount.

If women appear as princesses to rescue or daughters to marry or as an entire table of prostitutes, that's "representation", but not really helpful.

Absolutely! (And we track that too.)

Based on our experience, though, increasing representation often improves quality of representation, too. When we made a push to increase the % of female characters, NO author's solution was to simply add more prostitutes or people to rescue—instead, they wrote female NPCs who filled a wider array of roles, like guards, advisors, merchants, con artists, etc.

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WormysQueue wrote:
Historically speaking, women were never underrepresented in RPGs.

Speaking narrowly to this point, women absolutely were underrepresented, even in early Paizo products. We've run the numbers, counting NPCs and representations in art, and it has taken a lot of conscious, ongoing effort to turn that around. See this and the links within for more on the broader phenomenon of highly skewed male to female ratios in media being perceived as balanced.

Speaking more broadly, it's so important to be aware of who is being underrepresented or left out entirely—we value feedback like the OPs, and we're listening.

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Just finished the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, which I loved (Jemisin's language reminds me of Patricia McKillip), and now have The Fifth Season on order. Also finished Binti by Nnedi Okorafor, which I enjoyed, but wanted to be longer and more complex (it was a novella). Hopefully this will be a recurring character who we'll see more of.

Now I'm diving into Storytelling with Data (spoilers: must be read in color, uses the term "upskilling") and making a second stab at Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People (I now have it on Kindle so no more juggling multiple bookmarks on the bus).

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Please vote, USians!

We got our ballots on Friday (Washington is an all mail-in voting state), and spent a leisurely Sunday brunch voting over waffles with friends. It was LOOOONG this time, but packed with measures I'm really excited about...

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(increasing the minimum wage across the state, strengthening mass transit, increasing protections for vulnerable populations, and gender-neutral language in the city charter, to name a few

There were races where there are clear choices, and races with flawed choices (voting for a judge who opposed marriage equality because her opponent is radically worse). And because we are privileged in some ways, our district has two progressive queer candidates for state representative running against each other. They are both doing so much good in the world and I wanted to vote for both! One has advocated for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and people experiencing homelessness, and the other has advocated for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, queer youth, and the Pacific Islander community. That race was a difficult choice, but one with no wrong answer.

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Re: gatekeeping, one (of many) examples I've encountered was having a stranger at Gen Con criticize me as "not really geeky" because I was knitting in the Starbucks line. I was wearing my Paizo shirt and staff badge at the time. No point to the comment other than to try to invalidate my credentials.

Re: "gamer girl," it makes me grit my teeth. If other women want to use it, though, I respect their choice.

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Lots of queer characters, no favorite class for them (though the grippli rogue was super fun to play). I've mostly been playing in relatively short-term games, so romance doesn't come up that often, but said rogue did politely decline the advances of a flirty harpy. Harpies' stench is a real barrier to relationships when you breathe through your skin!

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Gark the Goblin wrote:

Why couldn't they have done this a few years ago when nonstraights could enlist :/ Doesn't do s~%! for people who've already been discharged. One of my friends was outed just 2 years too early.

e: Yeah, she was able to get work with a military contractor, fortunately.

That was something I was wondering about that was really unclear from the articles I've read—what happens to those already discharged? Can they reenlist, and does it change their benefits? Some interviewed folks say they plan to reenlist, but in every case it was someone who left preemptively or was discharged for other reasons. Otherwise, sounds like no based on your friend's situation.

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The Pentagon has lifted the ban barring trans folk from serving in the US military. The exact details are unclear—apparently incoming members must be stable in their gender identity for 18 months before enlisting, but those already in the military will be covered for hormone therapy and surgery. Presumably the latter would also apply to future recruits who begin transitioning only after enlisting? More info needed. But yay!

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Gisher wrote:
GM_Beernorg wrote:
Teriyaki savory cupcake design in progress, corn bread, shredded beef, quality teriyaki sauce, a few Thai chili, smooth mashed potatoes as "frosting", it is all coming together nicely.
Luau style cupcakes with Teriyaki Buttercream Frosting.

Both of these seem like they'd have a natural home at a state fair—I would for sure happily try 'em while watching Mutton Busting at Puyallup or boat races at the Evergreen State Fair!

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Oh man that flourless cake. Thanks, all!

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Another potential wrinkle is that the Beginner Box rules don't use attacks of opportunity—though of course the GM may have imported it from the full version of the game.

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Bob, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. I have no useful advice as to what to say to her—but take care of yourself through this time, and don't be afraid to reach out to friends and family for help and support.

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In a questionable choice, I'm following up working on Curse of the Crimson Throne with Ghost Map by Steven Johnson, about London's cholera epidemic in 1854. (If you find that topic intriguing, I also recommend The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman.)

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Mark M.: What happened to that other sun god?
Owen: Burned out. Now he's a dwarf.

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For those not already familiar with it, I recommend the web series Carmilla, a Canadian lesbian retelling of Le Fanu's Carmilla set in a surreal college in Austria. It's delightful, and there's a ton of associated content—especially since one of the main actors has declared herself captain of a shipdom involving her character (LaFerry).

Oh, and watch with the subtitles on—they did their own, and sometimes use them as another venue for snark.

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Just before PaizoCon, I blazed through Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge, which I quite enjoyed, and now am on to The Man Who Ate the World by Jay Rayner.

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Hey all, I'm excited to be running We Be Goblins! again this year!! Please note that any children present need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. Thanks!

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Hey folks, I'm excited to be running this! Please note that any children present need to be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event. Thanks!

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
While the Cloak and Dagger jokes are funny, I am wondering if I am missing Bronte sister jokes on another page?

See also this and this (middle comic).

Racing through A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah.

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Just finished The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah; now browsing Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Steward while waiting for my hold on Book of Phoenix to come through.

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Oh oh! Some I really like:

My Real Children, by Jo Walton
Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta (aviso: off-screen violence against queer folk)
The Telling, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ash and The Huntress, by Malinda Lo
Ammonite, by Nicola Griffith (her noir crime novels Always, Stay, and The Blue Place are also pretty great)

Haven't read I Can't Think Straight by Shamim Sarif, but the film version was wonderful so it's on my list to read later.

And glad to hear you're getting great care and are doing better, Bob!

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Judy Bauer wrote:
I'd be interested to see whether there's been any change in the 19 years since that study was published, given how much more time people now spend reading online content, which is much more "they"-friendly.

Lo! I was just reading Stephen Pinker's The Sense of Style (tl;dr: linguist analyzing writing style advice based on linguistic data and a panel of folks who work on dictionaries), and he says

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Experiments that measure readers' reading comprehension times to the thousandth of a second have shown that singular they causes little or no delay, but generic he slows them down a lot (Foertsch & Gernsbacher, 1997; M. Liberman, "Prescriptivist Science," Language Log, 2008).

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Also bear in mind that the front desk has menus for lots of places that deliver—and services like GrubHub and Bite Squad increase the options further.

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Another vote for everyone needing to help call out inappropriate behavior and comments. This can't all be on the GM—and the GM may be the person crossing the line.

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Marc Radle wrote:
I'm really excited to try that Tai place! Speaking of ... They don't list prices on their web site - anyone know how expensive they are?

I dimly recall entree prices being in the $12–$16 range (it's a little fino).

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Among Others by Jo Walton fits this, if I remember correctly. And in her more recent book, My Real Children, the main character has two distinct sets of memories about how her life and world events played out, and is trying desperately to disentangle them.

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Tormsskull wrote:
I have a question for women - do you want to be singled out for your gender, as in, the ad for the game says something like "Women welcome" or perhaps there's a code of conduct that says "Women will be treated with respect", or would you prefer that the prospective gender of the players is not addressed in anyway?

Personally, unless maybe the event is specifically aimed at women (e.g., Raygun Lounge's women's game night), I'd rather see a more general variant on "All gamers are welcome" and a code of conduct statement about not tolerating harassment or "harassment based on X, Y, Z."

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
URSULA K. LE GUIN ON RACISM, ANARCHY, AND HEARING HER CHARACTERS SPEAK

Well that just enlarged my reading list. ^_^

I just finished Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story by Megan Chance and The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey. In the latter, I particularly enjoyed

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Gemma's trip to Iceland to find her family, where even pre-internet she is able to do go in just a few days because it's such a small and intimate place.

But overall both kept making me think how much lots of historical romance plots and sideplots depend on women having limited access to good employment. Blar.

Now on to Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta, which is good but harrowing (deals with Nigerian Civil War and anti-LGBT oppression).

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General advice: Check the weather and make sure you have warm enough clothes! Spring here may have started in January/February, but summer doesn't really start until the 4th of July. It could be 70s and sunny... or it could be 50s and rainy.

Also, if you bring an umbrella to downtown, be prepared for local pedestrians to be very bad at navigating around it. :P (Use of umbrellas here is mostly confined to tourists and transplants.)

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Vic Wertz wrote:
My recommendation for sushi is Mashiko in West Seattle. (My followup to that recommendation is that, awesome as the sushi is, if you're limiting yourself to just the sushi there, you're making a mistake.)

Oh, that's the all-sustainable one! It's on my list, too. (it's just a pain to get to sans car.) Kappo Tamura at the north end of Eastlake, is also very good, and is mostly sustainable.

For distilled water... one of the grocery stores near the hotel? I think there are a couple within about 1/2 mile.

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bdk86 wrote:
sushi

If you can get a reservation and are in the mood to splurge, I hear Sushi Kashiba at Pike Place Market is amazing. The chef, Shiro Kashiba, trained under Chef Jiro of Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

Unrelated to sushi, Memorial Day Weekend is also the Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center: three days of music, dance, and other types of performances from the US and around the world. And it's free!

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Meraki wrote:
Apostrophes in names are supposed to be indicative of a glottal stop (a little pause/skip in the middle of the word), but a lot of fantasy of yore just kinda tossed them in wherever like sprinkles on a cupcake. Pathfinder has mercifully avoided that. I think.

We do our best, though some snuck in during the early days. Starting in 2011, each developer was allocated one (1) new name with an apostrophe—subject to editorial approval, so we can verify that the glottal stop is in a reasonable place. ;-)

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Bob_Loblaw wrote:

I still don't know if I want to go. I have not been a fan of the previous cons that I've gone to. I don't usually enjoy the open gaming tables. I don't usually get into the panels I want because the lines are so long and waiting in them means that I'm not doing something else for the couple of hours I'm in line. I rarely see something at the booths that I can't pick up elsewhere. I just don't have much fun.

I haven't been to Paizocon before. The Comic Cons and Norwestcon have been like that and paying to do stuff I can do outside of the con doesn't really increase my enjoyment. The only exception is getting autographs.

I can allay at least some of your concerns. There aren't long waits for panels at PaizoCon because they rarely, if ever, fill up entirely—especially now that we have a much bigger space. People normally start to gather 10 or 15 minutes early, and you can often dart in at the last minute if you're not particular about where you sit.

There's also now a one-day badge so you can hit up your top priority panels and get all the autographs possible (Paizo folks can help you track down key people you're looking for) for a smaller time and $$ investment.

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This is something the Beginner Box mostly abstracts over. The GM could simply decree basic cooking doesn't require a roll and move on. If folks want to roll to see how well their cooking went (my GM had us all roll to see who was responsible for meals on the road—never me!) or players are cooking under adverse conditions, there are a few ways to work that. For example, if the players scavenging for food in the wilderness, you could use Knowledge (nature) to identify edibles and how to prepare them. Otherwise, I'd use either a straight-up Intelligence check (if someone taught you to cook) or Wisdom check (if you're winging it/cooking "to taste"), but with a lower difficulty since players can't modify those rolls as much. And probably people can think of a few more.

On the other hand, selectively integrating rules like the skills mentioned above from the Core Rulebook is a great way to bridge between the Beginner Box and the full Pathfinder rules! In which case, the folks above have it covered. ^_^

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Kord_Avatar wrote:
Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hola Pathfinders!

!Hola! Mi familia política es también de Buenos Aires. (Pero que no juegan Pathfinder, a excepción de mi esposa.)

We visited for our honeymoon, and got May Revolution minis as souvenirs. :P

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Orfamay Quest wrote:
Scythia wrote:


I wonder if there's a regional differentiation, or perhaps generational. Because the "his or her" version sounds unwieldy to me, while the "their" version is my default writing style and matches the majority of what I read (primarily academic journal articles at the moment).
Or perhaps idiolectal, which is a pretentious way of saying "different people talk different." Any or all of those are possibilities, which is why the pipe-smoking "armchair linguist" (cf. Fillmore) has fallen somewhat out of favor and is being replaced by corpus studies and/or psychology-style subject experiments.

I'd be interested to see whether there's been any change in the 19 years since that study was published, given how much more time people now spend reading online content, which is much more "they"-friendly.

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atheral wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

When I use the word "epic" these days, it's not a game term. It's the classic adjective version of the word.

Of course, I now suspect this post will start folks going in entirely different predictive directions...

So a bard/skald centric AP then?

Not per se, but it will be written in alliterative verse. (The editing will also be epic!)

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Flynn Greywalker wrote:
Where does it connect to Avistan? North of Iobaria or is the connection to Irrisen and the Linnornm Kingdoms? I lean towards Iobaria

It's connected to Avistan from the Lands of the Linnorm Kings to the Lake of Mists and Veils. The main route across it from Tian Xia to Avistan—the Path of Aganhei—branches at the Rimethirst Mountains, with one branch leading southwest to Kalsgard in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings and the other southeast to Icestair in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords.

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Caineach wrote:
Is it really shifting usage when it has been used that way for literally centuries?

Such shifts sometimes reflect changes in what is perceived as being prestigious or "correct" (which aligns strongly with the language used in media and taught in school) more than changes in what people actually say on the ground.

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Rosita the Riveter wrote:
Where do fat MtF people find fitting women's clothing on a budget?

If you're in the Seattle area, friends recommend Two Big Blondes.

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HyperMissingno wrote:
My instructions say to apply moist heat to it but I'm not sure how to do that. I tried running a small towel under hot water but it cools off too fast. Any ideas?

If you have a hot/cold pack (one of the ones you can both freeze and microwave), heat that up and wrap it in a damp cloth—it should keep its heat for a good while.

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Avoid anything with tiny seeds (even strawberry or raspberry jam) until your gums are all healed up—those seeds are insidious, and while they won't hurt, they will slow your healing. Feel better soon!

Chris, that was my first surgery too. I had all four out when I was 20 and opted to be under general. They had me count down from 10; I got to 8 and then woke up trying to say 7 around the gauze. :P The first day I felt sick from the anesthesia (will avoid that again if possible), but pain-wise I was fortunately able to get by on just ibuprofen. My wife only ever had one wisdom tooth, and had it out with just local in under 15 minutes—they were stitching her up before she even realized it was out. mileage varies depending on how many you're having out at once, how snarly the roots of your teeth are, and whether the teeth are impacted, but if you've ever had a cavity treated, it's not wholly different from that.

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One of our moggets is really enjoying Reign of Winter (not shown: Faust knocking all the minis off the table and then flopping on the map).

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John Compton: You can't put a pork gravy ooze in with these crocodiles—they're technically chickens!

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