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Einhänder wrote:
Only move it to a Tibetan/Himalayan locale and incorporate legends like tunnels underneath Tibetan monasteries that link them below ground.

We've said that there are tunnels through the Darklands that emerge in Jinin.

Spoiler:
That's how the elves got to Tian Xia, after Earthfall.

Jinin is right next to Zi Ha, so it seems plausible to assume passages extend under Zi Ha, too; monasteries could well cap their exits to protect the surface world.

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Started The Lenâpé and Their Legends (thanks, Project Gutenburg!) as my Kindle book.

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This plug could go in the board games forum, but this game seems relevant to a lot of our interests, so I wanted to post about it here: Slash: Romance without Boundaries—a card game of creating One True Pairings for people and characters from many fandoms. Pair Elizabeth Bathory and Margaret Thatcher! Edward Cullen and all the Golden Girls! Tetris line block and the 2001 obelisk! So much glee!

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Skaldi the Tallest wrote:
Also, knitting at the table is fine. My girlfriend does it regularly. She's even done it while GMing and performed perfectly up to snuff.

Whoa. Whoa. As lots of others have mentioned, knitting as a player is generally unproblematic given a simple enough pattern (esp. in big groups where there's lots of waiting), but knitting while GMing?! Impressive! Ok, new goal to work toward...

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Limeylongears wrote:
Edda

Limey, are you familiar with the work of Benjamin Bagby? He just released a recording of the Edda that's an attempt to recreate the original performance style. I've been listening to it while I edit to keep my cube extra heroic.

In other news, just finished The Glass Sentence (the world's timeline breaks, sending different eras into different time periods, some of them magical). It's a fun read, but I really need to go back through the end when life is less frantic to make sure it holds together. But for now, on to The Death of King Arthur!

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[Redacted]: "Gibbering complimenter."
[Redacted]: "Hugging lurker!"

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Finished Heidi! So much clash of classes, Comrade Anklebiter!

Spoiler:
The Sesemans casually throw around their money, and when Peter (impoverished Swiss lad used to living with hunger) bravely asks for a whole DIME as a reward, they laugh at his narrow dreams, throw him a handful of change, and promise him a dime each week for LIFE! He's overwhelmed; his (also impoverished) mom is terrified at where the money is coming from until Heidi explains it's legit.

Also, Heidi gets yelled at for duzening the servants—using informal language with them as though they were friends.

Now, on to Nnendi Okorafor-Mbachu's The Shadow Speaker!

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I've apparently gotten into a string of novels about hungry children—followed up Hearts of Horses with Burial Rites (aftermath of a murder in 1820s impoverished northern Iceland) and Heidi (didn't register the extent of the poverty afflicting Peter's family when I read it as a kid—his grandmother was slowly starving because her teeth were no longer up to the hard brown bread that was all they could afford). All Men Kill, 1930s sci fi from Project Gutenberg... mostly counts, too, except that was due to vampirism, not poverty. <_<

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Train Con works better when you don't risk being stranded because of an oil sands train. :(

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Just finished Molly Gloss's The Hearts of Horses, the story of a young woman broncobuster in the Elwha valley (local!). I mostly enjoyed it, except that the author seemed a little too anxious to establish the main character's heterosexuality. Also, trigger warning for

Spoiler:
abuse of animals, allusions to child abuse, and untreated cancer (set during WW1, not much they could do then but a punch in the gut nonetheless).

On to A Princess of Mars! (Thanks, Project Gutenburg!)

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Man, that was a tense match! Both teams played well and gave us lots of exciting moments, but in the end, Germany proved the stronger team (how high can Neue jump?!). No shame in losing to them! But now to console the in-laws...

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Magically avoided spoilers on Argentina vs. Netherlands and watched the game last night. Exhausting and stressful! Vamos Argentina! (This is also a bit of a sanity-saver for me, since Wesley Schneider going up against Qadira doesn't sound like a relaxing post-PaizoCon weekend.)

Any word whether Silva will be back for the third-place game tomorrow? I'd love to see Brazil win back some pride there.

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Luckily, the Polish army had no such reservations.

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Not even having a horse in that race, it was heartbreaking to watch. I didn't expect Brazil to win with Neymar and Silva out, but would never have predicted that disaster.

Dear Argentina: Please take that to heart! However it goes, make us proud!

Begins carefully avoiding all social media until tonight, and bribes Stephen to stop cruelly spoilering us. :S

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Argentina finally woke up! I'm still not optimistic about their chances of defeating Netherlands, but it's great to see them playing the kind of lovely soccer they're capable of.

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Those were so cool! She showed us how she makes them at Crafting Circle—she folds the paper up like an accordion, sketches something on the first panel, cuts out the white space, unfolds it, and then fills in the rest of the panels, all different and usually using the cut-out spaces as part of the design (teapot in one panel, breastplate in another, partly furled banner in another.

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7 a.m., bright and early!

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Drop in on a seminar if you have unexpected free time—they usually have space, and they're full of unexpected info.

Carry hand sanitizer, use it often, and share it freely!

Stay hydrated, and you won't feel as tired.

Walkable food options are limited, so the hotel restaurant can get pretty backed up. But! The hotel front desk has a sheaf of delivery menus.

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We're waiting for Mexico-Netherlands to end so we can stream it (no cable).

Chile played well, might have lost but with that quality of play, they can hold their heads high. And oh, James Rodríguez's goals were lovely! And so many years of playing still ahead of him, hopefully 3 more World Cups!

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Important food resource: The hotel's front desk has a sheaf of menus for places in delivery range!

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I almost forgot Puzzle Break! If you're a fan of puzzle hunts like DASH, you should really try this—you're locked into a room with 1 hr to figure out the clues that will let you escape. It goes better with a bigger group (the success rate with a full team is 20%), but I think they sometimes combine smaller groups to get up to critical mass, so you can try for that option.

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Other misc. geekery in Seattle:

Museum of Flight: I'm not a plane geek, but the WWI wing won me over—pilot weapons (e.g., pistol, grappling hook, HALF-BRICK!), writing samples from pilots with varying degrees of oxygen deprivation, and horrifyingly fragile fabric-and-wood planes. And now they have a trainer shuttle! I hear the flight simulator is rad, but haven't tried it.

Shakespeare in the park: There are two different SitP companies here, Greenstage and Wooden O, so you should have a fair range of choice, depending on your dates and preferred plays

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pres man wrote:
My suggestion, watch it on the Spanish channel. The English speaking channels are so dry and boring. Even if you have no idea what they are saying, you can still feel the excitement. Listening to people talk about a game they are not really excited about is bound to make the game unexciting.

We've been alternating between Univision for live games and ESPN for replays. Univision is defs more exciting; it's radio-style broadcast where you don't need to be looking to feel the excitement. The ESPN coverage has been fun too, though—the announcers know their stuff and are super scathing when players are phoning it in or taking dives.

Also, although the Pope has promised not to pray for Argentina to win, Argentinian tv ads shamelessly claim his authority. :P

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Taking a break from The Decameron to read The Song of Roland. I picked Dorothy L. Sayers's translation because I'm a fangirl; while the intro was helpful (and credited numerous female scholars!), I wish the translation were prose. Sayers' dedication to recreating the original meter and rhyme scheme is admirable but distracting.

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Readerbreeder wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:

Christopher: Jessica will eventually grow tired of their antics and sacrifice them to whatever dark god is keeping downstairs on schedule.

Sara Marie: I assumed SHE was the dark god keeping downstairs on schedule.
How many dark gods do you have over there, anyway? I mean, we know that JJ is the overgod, and Cosmo is probably an Old One, but who else do we have to worry about?

One more, after yesterday's Beginner Box-related aquatheosis...

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Oh dear, we were just commenting that the Bosnia & Herzgovina team looked like they were at a funeral during the opening lineup...

Spoiler:
and with the first Argentine goal at the 2 minute mark, the reason is now clear. Oof.

Good luck to both teams; play hard and enjoy the game!

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That goal! Van Persie wasn't even looking! *shakes head*

I'm not sold on this year's theme song (it's no "Waka Waka"), but if you haven't seen it, Coke's Arabic version of its World Cup song is pretty adorable: "The World Is Ours."

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Just learned my boss has a secret identity! :-o

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Looking forward to watching some this weekend! (As are the cats, who chase the soccer ball along the wall when we project matches.) We're cheering for Argentina because (family), but its matches probably won't be that exciting until the second stage.

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I was going to read Four Ways to Forgiveness but the word "Hainish" showed up in the first ten pages, and I haven't read any of the Hainish Cycle, so back on the shelf with you.

It's been years since I read it, but I think Four Ways to Forgiveness is one of the more stand-alone books in the Hainish Cycle, like The Telling or Left Hand of Darkness. Mostly you just have to know that Hain exists and sends out observers from other worlds. So read on, McDoodlebug!

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In case this is important to anyone else, the World Cup quarter-finals will be airing here at 9am and 1pm on Friday and Saturday, and the semi-finals will be airing at 1pm on the Tuesday and Wednesday after PaizoCon; many, many pubs in the area will be airing the games.

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Sutter: It's a delicious fruit, wrapped in a mouse!

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Bob_Loblaw wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:
You could skip the parade and just hit up the Queer Geek afterparty instead? There should be non-alcohol options and board games available. :-)
Where are they going to meet up? I don't see anything announced on their page other than having a float.

I haven't heard yet either; it'll probably be announced closer to the day of the parade.

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Not exactly gods, but Nnendi Okorafor's books have made want to see a Pathfinder take on masquerades/egungun.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: A glorious combination of Snatch, Forrest Gump, Kitchen Stories, and Children of the Revolution. Watch it now! (Aviso: trailer is only in Swedish, but you can get the idea.)

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Bob_Loblaw wrote:
Someone suggested going to one of the bars but I don't drink much anymore. It triggers panic attacks. I'm already going to be nervous (even though I shouldn't be since it should be an acceptable place for me). I need to find out what events are going on and if anyone wants to go with me. Even if I don't get dressed up, it would be a boring day if I was down there alone.

You could skip the parade and just hit up the Queer Geek afterparty instead? There should be non-alcohol options and board games available. :-)

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:
A different approach to a hypothetical Languages of Golarion is not to make actual languages but describe language families, their origin, development, differentiation and spread. Include rules for how to use Linguistics to understand related dialects and languages. [...] Include some basic, abstract aspects like "language family X has very few colors, from 2 to 4" or "language family Y has developed in a culture where sons-in-law must learn hundreds of synonyms for everyday words because words starting with the same sound as his mother-in-law cannot be used in her presence"

This I could get behind! It would be far less likely to create error-traps, and gives people a chance to explore all the crazy traits languages can exhibit, like the ones you mentioned—and how they could impact people's understanding of each other.

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Cthulhudrew wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Make sure you make four tables: Upstairs, Downstairs, Tech, and Warehouse.
No watercooler?

The watercooler is next to the editorial cube; our glaring and shushing discourages (ma)lingering, reducing the chance of a random encounter there to the normal hallway level.

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Interesting commentary from someone who grew up on an off-grid (US) island with no utilities and only private transit: link.

"Where do the sewage engineers live? Why do they come there voluntarily? Why do their countries of origin allow them to work there? Why would even a billionaire want a house there? [...] Supply chains are really, really tricky, and it would be quite a trick to sign up for them without entraining a bunch of stuff to do with credit supply, labor and safety laws, and so on."

Spoiler:
The link in the coda delves into another potential problem: the risks of interpersonal conflict in small, closed societies like the island the author is from. There, a feud between residents temporarily left folks with NO commercial way to get to or from the mainland.

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Matthew Pittard wrote:
I wont have a car, would public transport get me to it?

Yes! Light rail to the D line, or light rail to 40 to 62—Google maps has excellent coverage for Seattle-area transit, I'd use that for route-planning. :-)

And Mikekydd, the Ballard neighborhood is also an excellent spot for a walking tour of craft breweries: http://www.myballard.com/breweries/

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The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi—same setting as Ship Breaker, but focusing on child soldiers, the aftermath of peacekeeping, and loyalty. Glad I read it, but it's pretty grim. Followed that up with The Magic of Saida by M.G. Vassanji, the story of a young man caught between the African and Indian communities of his hometown in Tanzania, in the 1950s and 1960s. Turned all magical realism at the end, but a fascinating portrait of a really complex situation.

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George Takei is going to be Grand Marshal of Seattle's Pride Parade. :D

...We should really start thinking now about how to Trek-up our scooter for the Queer Folks on Scooters and Electric Bikes part of the parade (we follow the D!*@s on Bikes).

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Lord Snow wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:

I sped through Nnendi Okorafor's Zahrah the Windseeker, which is fairly lighthearted YA, then moved on to one of her adult books, Who Fears Death. It's an excellent book, but grim; themes include genocide, sexual violence (esp. as a tactic for genocide), institutionalized racism and misogyny, female genital mutilation, and how living with any or all of these things warps people and cultures.

** spoiler omitted **

How does the book present sexual violence as a tactic for genocide? try as I might, I can't seem to find a way to connect the two...

Spoiler:
In the book (and in real life) genocide, many women are raped to death. Mass sexual violence is also used as a way of breaking communities in places where there's a lot of stigma against victims of sexual violence and their children. I don't have time at work for a deep search, but this is a decent place to start reading.
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Enlight_Bystand wrote:
Getting into Seattle proper from Seatac isn't too hard - it's about five minutes walk to the light rail, then that straight into the centre, and a 5 minute walk to the waterfront from there.

If you have a smartphone, Google maps is pretty well synched up with our transit, which also makes navigating the city easier as a visitor. I The free One Bus Away app, which gives real time updates about when buses are expected, is also pretty handy. And having lots of people around just means there are more folks to help with directions. :-)

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Oh hey, I didn't know there were fireworks so close! Awesome! Google maps puts that park at closer to 1.4 miles from the hotel—about a half-hour walk. I can't guarantee that the display would be visible from the hotel, but since the hotel is on the side of a hill that runs north-south and ends near the lake... maybe? It might also be visible from the airport's light rail station, at a guess. I don't recommend trying to drive to Angle Lake Park, because parking there is totally inadequate for the 4th of July crowds.

iI you don't mind a longer trek, you can also take light rail + walk/bus up to Seattle to South Lake Union (Lake Union Park, or if you know any Amazon folks, from one of their buildings) or Wallingford (Gas Works Park or any of the north-south streets, which are all closed to traffic below 40th) to watch the Seattle Fireworks. Metro typically keeps transit running later and more often to accommodate the crowds. Again, don't try to drive there—traffic nightmare + no parking.

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I sped through Nnendi Okorafor's Zahrah the Windseeker, which is fairly lighthearted YA, then moved on to one of her adult books, Who Fears Death. It's an excellent book, but grim; themes include genocide, sexual violence (esp. as a tactic for genocide), institutionalized racism and misogyny, female genital mutilation, and how living with any or all of these things warps people and cultures.

Spoiler:
At the end, it's revealed that the setting is Sudan, but in a post-apocalyptic future with sorcery (this is probably not so mysterious if you keep up with the news).

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Just started Nnendi Okorafor's Zahrah the Windseeker—YA with a hybrid sci fi/fantasy setting inspired by Nigerian culture and mythology. Enjoying it so far, but it definitely helps to read it with the internets close at hand for cultural background!

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Freehold DM wrote:

HOLY CRAP

My boss at the third job really, REALLY wants me to send in a picture of myself and a bio to use because I am THEIR EDITOR up at their website!!!!!! I will link here once it's up. I have never written a bio before- what do I do?!

I'd start by checking out any other bios on the website to get a sense of what your colleagues have done (length, how personal to make it, humor, etc.).

Also, good onya, Freehold DM—it seems they like you! :-)

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Pro-tip: Blend the fur with wool before spinning, since cat fur doesn't have any crimp to hold it together!

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An editor swims up out of the depths of the Gen Con Crunch to dot this thread for study.

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