I just read IN THE VANISHER'S PALACE by Aliette de Bodard. A beautiful f/f retelling of Beauty and the Beast with full and complicated characters grappling with consent and power dynamics.
It is somehow a dragon story, a science fantasy story, a post-apocalyptic story, and a romance all in one, and yet never feels crowded. In fact it reads very elegantly.
@Satsuma just reminded me, indirectly, of one of my all-time favorite Usenet conversations (from the days before UI's generally threaded messages):
A: "How do you make tiramisu?"
B: <recipe with "ladyfingers">
C: "What are ladyfingers?"
I'm loving all the salt circle summoning sets. Thanks to @Annalee for starting it!
@Annalee Hmm. For me, I'd suggest:
- A scallop shell
- An interesting letterform (a summoning glyph?)
- a cute coding optimization
- a little-known etymology
- a fatty piece of salmon
I think I had a similar list for the "items you'd drop as an NPC in a dungeon" meme.
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We interrupt this social media hiatus to bring you the following important movie recommendation:
“The Spy Who Dumped Me” is SO GOOD!
(Thanks to @firstname.lastname@example.org for the recommendation.)
Content warning for lots of casual Bond-style violence. But the entire fish-out-of-water spy story is just background for the lead characters and their friendship, and I loved cheering for them.
There is so much that's good in this film.
I have finally gotten around to reading Aliette de Bodard's "House of Binding Thorns" and am really liking how it came together! Interesting, differently-strong characters, and a more tangled (but still nicely coherent) plot than its predecessor. Also, as before, fallen angels, Vietnamese dragons, and a gothic ruined Paris. Good stuff.
I trained a neural net to generate some new Dungeons and Dragons creatures!
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