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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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Judy Bauer wrote:
I'm about halfway through Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon, which is about first contact with aliens [...] I'm really enjoying it, but caveat: some of the dialogue is in Nigerian Pidgin English. It's not too hard to get the gist (mostly English vocabulary, but the pronouns and grammar are different), but could be off-putting for some.

Good news! There's a glossary in the back!

Bad news! As with Hild, I found it only after the fact. I always forget to check with ebooks, alas.

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Hitdice wrote:
Judy, I feel like I've asked you this before, but you've read the Xenogenisis trilogy by Octavia Butler, right?

I have! Love her work, she never gives you easy answers.

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I'm about halfway through Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon, which is about first contact with aliens... in Lagos, Nigeria. (Characters joke about assuming it surely would happen in the US instead.) The main characters are a marine biologist, a soldier on the run from his unit, and a Ghanian rapper, who the aliens have decided to make their emissaries, but there are a lot of great supporting characters, too.

I'm really enjoying it, but caveat: some of the dialogue is in Nigerian Pidgin English. It's not too hard to get the gist (mostly English vocabulary, but the pronouns and grammar are different), but could be off-putting for some.

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Start by looking online—for example, here's a website that gives standard market rates for editing/proofreading. The exact amount will depend on how much heavy lifting the freelancer has to do (most people ask for a sample so they can gauge that), how experienced the freelancer is, etc.

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Jason K.: That's not a spell—you can put snakes in anything!

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Glad to have you fighting beside us, Josh!

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Skylancer4 wrote:
Do people actually not read store bought APs in advance so they know is what it is going on before running them?

This seems unlikely for APs, but is somewhat common for Pathfinder Society Scenarios (because of no-shows, added tables, etc.).

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Samnell wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
History class, aka "spoilers for historical fiction". :D
I sometimes get a bit of suspense over things even though I already know exactly how they fall out. But I'm weird. :)

And in this case, I definitely don't know how things will play out for the fictional main character! And the material culture culture is fascinating. And Bede nicely prepared me for the notion of British and English as separate peoples. (My long-ago medieval lit classes covered very little history.)

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Finally got around to starting Nicola Griffith's Hild, which I'd been inexplicably putting off. Then I hit a reference to Paulinus, had a brain wave, and realized that The Ecclesiastical History of the English People is full of spoilers. Darn you, Bede! *shakes fist*

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GinoA wrote:

I'll admit, I've only skimmed the thread, but one point I didn't find is that an effort needs to be made to ensure that the PDF prints legibly in B&W. Laser printing in B&W is a *lot* more economical than any color printing format. I've had some problems in the past, especially with read-this text, with insufficient contrast when printed in B&W.

It's been mentioned, but the tendency for layout finagling to cause important box-text to be well after the relevant encounter is infuriating. "Oh! Oops. That almost-TPK has a 4-party adjustment two pages later, after the whole-page map of the next part."

These are actually issues we can address pretty immediately (going forward, though, not changing existing products)—I'll add them to the check list. And could you PM me examples of products with insufficient contrast in B&W? It'd be helpful to have some specific examples.

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Celestial Healer wrote:

Hehe. I pranked my best friend and it was awesome.

I had asked her to be in the wedding party, and when we were on the phone today, I said something to the effect of:

"So, we've been thinking about wedding colors, and we thought we should do something meaningful to celebrate same sex marriage being legal in all 50 states. The rainbow flag is such a powerful sign of diversity, so we decided to do a rainbow-colored wedding. What I'd like for the women in the wedding party is to wear a dress that incorporates all the colors of the rainbow."

It was fun listening to her squirm about how, "that's a really interesting idea. I mean, I guess a rainbow-colored dress would be unique..."

I tried to keep it together, but I started cracking up about 30 seconds in. I'm so mean.

Lucky for her they're apparently no longer available. ;-)

And onya, Masked Maiden—good luck with your journey!

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Freehold DM wrote:

WHY CAN'T YOU DO THESE THINGS IN THE NORTHEAST!!!!!!!!

More seriously, I hope you have a wonderful time.

What's wrong with happy endings?

1. I love me some happy endings! I just hadn't realized that was a requirement to be considered a romance instead of fiction. :-)

2. You CAN do these things in the Northeast! Or rather, YOU can! Tracy Timmons-Gray, the organizer, put this together herself from scratch in her free time after reading local writers' wistful comments about wanting to meet all their online writer-friends—canvassed people to gauge interest, found a time and a venue, and spread the word. Just have to get out there behind the idea and PUSH! (Of course, it helps to have someone like Tracy, who does event planning as part of her day job, doing part of the pushing.)

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Brief aside form this convo: I want to put in a plug for the 2015 Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, which has events in Seattle next Friday (Hugo House) and Saturday (Central Library, Hotel Monaco, Neighbors). It's for both readers and writers, and includes writers and stories with happy endings* that span the QUILTBAG spectrum. The Central Library portion of the programming costs $25, but is free to volunteers (I can put you in contact with the organizers); the other readings, the bookfair, and about everything else is free (except maybe the Banned Books drag show?).

Even if you can't attend, the lists of attending authors on the site may give you new people to read. :-)

* Apparently this is a requirement to be considered romance—the ending has to be happy, or at least happy for now.

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There's further clarification on workplace accommodations in this WaPo article: link.

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Chris Carey (in regretful tones): You can't save everyone from bad grammar.

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mechaPoet wrote:
Rather than using it because of specific events in a scenario, though, the things I'd like to X are the gross comments from my fellow players.

Is this something you feel comfortable talking with the organizer/your local VO about? :-(

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Just got back from Gen Con—it was awesome to see so many folks wearing "gaymer" or "ally" ribbons on their convention badges. Thanks for helping us LGBT and allied gamers increase our visibility and build a sense of community, Tabletop Gaymers!

[Edit: Fixed the link.]

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The amendment was defeated, unfortunately.

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Hitdice wrote:
Have you read the Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel? The plot synopsis you linked sounds . . . relevant, I guess is the best way to describe it.

I had not—hold now placed!

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A Pig of Cold Poison—lots of exciting archaic/dialectal terminology and horrifying early "medicine"!

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Usual Suspect wrote:
Who is going to make it to Gen Con this year? I look forward to actually meeting some of my fellow LGBTQA Pathfinders. I will be GMing most of the weekend (I volunteered for Tier one just to experience it once in my life).

I'll be there as part of the Paizo contingent—stop by the booth or Paizo's Diversity in Gaming panel and say hi!

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Paladin of Baha-who? wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:

The 2015 World Cup—the most out yet—came to a close last night. The US team won, but both teams played very well and it was a lovely game to watch. And the pause just before the trophies were given out was also wonderful, especially, amid all the celebrations on the field, star player* Abby Wambach's sweet moment with her wife! (FEELINGS!!)

* She has more international goals than any other soccer player ever!!!

Which picture is that?

That's the video at the top of the article. ^_^

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The 8th Dwarf wrote:
heist movies

Inside Man

Nine Queens

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Note too that the city of Indianapolis is on the same page as Gen Con—the mayor has issued an executive order affirming that businesses that receive city funds must serve LGBT customers and calling on the state to re-add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in Indiana, and the city has had workplace protections for LGBT employees for a while.

And let's us attendees do our best to be welcoming and treat everyone with respect. ^_^

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The 2015 World Cup—the most out yet—came to a close last night. The US team won, but both teams played very well and it was a lovely game to watch. And the pause just before the trophies were given out was also wonderful, especially, amid all the celebrations on the field, star player* Abby Wambach's sweet moment with her wife! (FEELINGS!!)

* She has more international goals than any other soccer player ever!!!

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We'll be very sorry to see you go, Mike—you've done amazing work building up Pathfinder Society! Good luck in your future ventures, and all good wishes for you and your family!

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We woke up this morning even more married than we were last night. (Which seems like a good way for a marriage to go, on the whole!)

There might have been shouts of ¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOL! :P

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thejeff wrote:
Therefore, a couple with a bi member is more likely to be interested than a straight couple. Doesn't mean they are, but the lack of desire to do sex stuff with someone of the same sex isn't the factor it would be with a straight couple.

I'd maybe rephrase that as threesomes being less complicated to satisfactorily negotiate for interested couples that include one or more bi/pansexual folks than for straight couples.

Anyway, I hear your frustration, Ruik! It's creepy and gross when other people try to declare what you "really" want.

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Readerbreeder wrote:
verbosity...

Cold Comfort Farm parodies the style of Hardy et al. gloriously—the author, Stella Gibbons, even asterisks the sections she considers most "literary" to call attention to them.

Spoiler:
This example didn't even rate:

"Amos looked at her, as though seeing her for the first, or perhaps the second, time. His huge body, rude as a wind-tortured thorn, was printed darkly against the thin mild flame of the declining winter sun that throbbed like a sallow lemon on the westering lip of Mockuncle Hill, and sent its pale, sharp rays into the kitchen through the open door. The brittle air, on which the fans of trees were etched like aging skeletons, seemed thronged by the bright, invisible ghosts of a million dead summers. The cold beat in glassy waves against the eyelids of anybody who happened to be out in it. High up, a few chalky clouds doubtfully wavered in the pale sky that curved against the rim of the Downs like a vast inverted pot-de-chambre. Huddled in the hollow like an exhausted brute, the frosted roofs of Howling, crisp and purple as broccoli leaves, were like beasts about to spring."


But fear not! She readily drops out of such overblown prose to move the plot and dialogue along, using the contrast in styles to play up the absurdity of various situations. (In the movie, they made the main character an aspiring author, and preserved some of these excerpts as voiceovers of her writing.)

In other news, sailed through White As Snow, now working on When Women Were Warriors.

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Judy Bauer wrote:
Just started What We Left Behind. Not bad so far, but I think I've been spoiled by Mira Grant.

Final verdict: Not as good as Mira Grant, better than the terrible Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (see spoiler). There are some clumsy moments that I suspect a content editor might have nipped in the bud, but overall enjoyable and surprised me at times.

But now, oh yes! I have As White As Snow from the library! Read the first 84 pages on the bus ride in this morning. Must work on book-rationing. <_<

Spoiler:
a friend is turned by zombie squirrel because author didn't understand that outside of Seattle windows have screens, yet zombie wildlife is never an issue in all their subsequent roadtrip/camping; people blog about the zombie apocalypse but inexplicably don't try to organize online, just post comments; token lesbian PoC sidekick inexplicably doesn't know what a blog is 2008; all religious people are violent cultists; author believes the life of someone unskilled and self-centered would be way more important for the survivor cause than a surgeon...

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Lilith wrote:
What I think about when I hear the words "gay agenda..."

*checks list* Laundry, sweep deck, weeding, cook food for the week...

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Judy Bauer wrote:
At the same time, women's soccer faces many challenges, and Fifa remains a super problematic organization.

1. Whoops, the swearing filter broke the link on "many"—the article I linked to was "At the World Cup, FIFA's Sexism is in the Spotlight," but a search on "sexism FIFA" is also plenty productive.

2. Sundhage's on the list!

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There are 17 publicly out* players competing at this year's World Cup!
* And probably more who are out in their lives but hadn't announced that to the media. (Abby Wambach, for example, made such an announcement only recently, reportedly because it didn't occurred to her that her queer identity wasn't totally obvious.)

At the same time, women's soccer faces many challenges, and Fifa remains a super problematic organization.

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Just started What We Left Behind. Not bad so far, but I think I've been spoiled by Mira Grant. Improbable narrative dumps and heavy-handed foreshadowing; the transmission vectors aren't yet clear, but maybe that'll be explained later. We shall see.

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Blew through As Red As Blood—Finnish YA crime fiction with fairy tale allusions. Loved the moment where the anti-feelings heroine is forced to accept a grateful hug and is horrified that her life might become a nightmare pit of friendly hugs from then on. My only aviso is that it includes constant references to how cold it is—have extra blankets handy if that sort of thing bothers you.

Now I'm reading Skim while I wait for my hold on As White As Snow to come through.

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This was answered much earlier in another thread, but by all means, stop on by regardless of materials, crafty people! We'd love to see a finished sample of your projects—or photos, if your luggage is full of game books or your craft is space-intensive, like building art cars or cozying whole rooms.

At the same time, for those with more room in their luggage/car trunks, is anyone interested in a yarn swap? If your stash has lots of lovely yarn you know in your heart you'll never use, bring some to trade or give away! (I'm lookin' at you, sari silk. And you, mohair. And some of you handspuns, too!)

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My wife's go-to foods are quesadillas and Japanese curry (hamburger + chopped veg + packaged sauce); mine's chili (hamburger + cans of beans, corn, tomatoes, etc.) or tomato soup + cheese toasties. And now that it's warming up, noodles with shredded/julienned veg and nuoc mam or a vinegar-soy dressing.

M-i-l makes big batches of empanadas and then freezes them, so if she needs food fast she can just reheat a few. It's a good idea that we keep forgetting to implement.

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The Seattle International Film Festival's linup is live!

And if you're going to visit EMP, check out the Folk Life Festival, which has tons of free performances at Seattle Center over Memorial Day weekend: bluegrass, hip hop, brass bands, klezmer, bollywood dance, Hawaiian music, Celtic music—you name it.

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Ross Byers wrote:
Likewise, you can't really have an eBook autographed.

My wife gets around that by having authors autograph bookplates that she applies to her Kindle. (Of course, the maximum number of autographs a Kindle can hold is limited compared to the number of books, but for casual fans it may be enough.)

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Seamstress_Druid wrote:
Also Question on the Crafting Circle: My Embroidery is done with a Machine not a hand needle and thread. I don't think I want to bring my Embroidery Machine there as it's expensive so what else can I bring if most of my Craftyness is done with the Embroidery and Sewing Machine? I can't knit or crochet.

You don't have to bring anything—much of the fun is having a relaxing time to hang out with other crafty folks, see what kinds of things they do, and maybe show off a current project you're working on or a finished object are particularly proud of.

Life permitting, though, we may also have stamping materials for people to try, and potentially spinning materials. And any number of people would be happy to teach you to knit or crochet and recruit you to the cause. :D

Edit: Ninja'd!

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Also, the EMP is very close to one of the venues for the Seattle International Film Festival, which runs from 5/14–6/7—consider taking in a film while you're there (schedule TBA)!

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D6Veteran wrote:
Do not take the bus from Seatac to downtown.

This, 100%. Take the light rail. Once you get into Seattle, bus coverage is decent, but from the surrounding cities to Seattle is not great.

For those planning to take the monorail, it's cash only and doesn't interface with the Orca card system, so plan accordingly!

And for those planning to sight-see on Monday, also be aware that the transit schedule is different on holidays! (Light rail will be on Sunday schedule, still every 10–15 minutes, monorail will be unaffected.)

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Diego Valdez wrote:

Ernest,

I am a bit late to this discussion, but I wanted to say that in our home game my group has given the Varisian people a lot of our own cultural nuances (I'm from the Santa Fe area of New Mexico, and most of my group is northern New Mexican hispanic). This has worked very nicely for us and we have all really enjoyed creating this sort of New Mexican nomadic culture. I know that is not an official thing, but if you would like I can send you what we have created.

Diego

Can I get a copy too, pls? ^_^

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