January 2018

Was everyone else’s January really, really long? I sat down to make this list of neat things because it had been SO LONG, of course I had done SO MUCH. No, it has been 30 days and I’ve been reading the same two books, which means that I have finished neither.

Podcasts

Thermal Delight (Episode 291) by 99% Invisible
One of my favorite things is a design story that veers off and slaps you with the realities of climate change. That is not sarcasm.

The Prairie Chicken in Wisconsin: Highlights of a Study of Counts, Behavior, Turnover, Movement, and Habitat (Episode 120) by The Memory Palace
Another one of my favorite things is a good story about an “unladylike” trailblazing lady.

Wolf 359
I put off listening to the Wolf 359 finale for a month. I still wasn’t ready. It was such a good fiction podcast. I cried over an AI so many times. I’m bummed that it’s over, but I’m also really proud of the creators for knowing how to properly end a story instead of letting it become a shell of its original potential.

Sawbones
I don’t even have a specific Sawbones episode to recommend this month. I’ve been powering through old episodes. When I reach the end, I think I’m qualified to be a doctor. Pretty sure.

Games

Fallout 3
Yes, you heard me. Fallout 3 from a decade ago. I didn’t have an Xbox in high school and am catching up now.

Did you like the controls in Skyrim, but really want to play something in a post apocalyptic DC? Want to kill giant bugs and steal the declaration of independence? I do. Also, the bar for video games is so low that I was genuinely thrilled that I got to play as a woman. Bethesda is looking out for me. I’m forgiving that sometimes characters still call me “he”.

July 2017

Picture of my mom and I in front of the White House. I'm wearing the purple Bitch Planet leggings and they are awesome.
I took my mom to DC and absolutely wore my Bitch Planet leggings to the White House. It’s the little things.

Books

Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi
I’m up to volume 5. Everything about Squirrel Girl is perfect. KICK BUTTS EAT NUTS.

The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin
Usually trickster characters don’t do it for me, but I had so many Sieh feels. This is the last of the Inheritance trilogy, so start with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

Podcasts

Wolf 359 is in its final season. Come for the comedic space life vignettes, stay for the huge government conspiracies. I’m sad to see it ending.

59. One To Another by The Allusionist
Helen Zaltzman interviews the man translating The Memory Palace stories into a Portuguese book. I also love The Memory Palace, but I don’t do anything productive with that love. Instead, sometimes I cry a little at work.

Episode 70: The Procedure by Criminal
CHURCHES MADE A NETWORK TO HELP WOMEN GET ABORTIONS WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL. Uh, spoiler?

265- The Pool and the Stream by 99% Invisible
Skateboarding history. Suburban pool history. Don’t listen to this on a sweaty train, you’ll get really jealous.

266- Repackaging the Pill by 99% Invisible
I need Roman Mars to give me the design history of everything remotely feminist.

Games

Dream Daddy loading screen. It's got a montage of snapshots of the different dads, along with a rotating dad tip. This one reads "Dad Tip #10: If you're parking uphill, be sure to turn your tires toward the street."
Dream Daddy

I’ve been playing this one a little bit. You’re a dad that goes on dates with other dads. You’re nice to your daughter and make dad puns. There are cryptids and dogs!

Music

KESHA IS BACK.
I’m prepared to stockpile glitter the second she announces a tour.

The Long Winters
I’ve been listening to these guys on repeat, too. They have a sad song about astronauts.

I can’t stop playing that ridiculous Dream Daddy game

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator was released on Steam last week. You play a single dad that has moved to a cul-de-sac that is inexplicably inhabited by exclusively single dads. You date them. You make dad jokes. I love it, and am going to tell you why. But first, I need to be a buzzkill.

I’m uncomfortable with the fact that this is a game played, at least in my twitter feed, by mostly women. I have the same issues with it as I do slash fiction being written by women. These things tend to be more fetishizing than normalizing and supportive. And in fandom, I think that slash is so popular due in part to a large heaping of internalized misogyny. There was a good essay I read on this that I cannot find to save my life, but I can’t mention loving this game on the internet without a casual reminder to treat all people like people and not weird caricatures of relationships.

Although, if we’re going to fetishize dads having healthy, supportive relationships with their children, I AM HERE FOR IT.

Secondly, I’m upset with the game creators for not making a Linux version and then ignoring inquiries about it. You can tell me Linux is too hard. It’s cool.

I got it to work in Steam through PlayOnLinux.

ANYWAY
Dream Daddy loading screen. It's got a montage of snapshots of the different dads, along with a rotating dad tip. This one reads "Dad Tip #10: If you're parking uphill, be sure to turn your tires toward the street."

You build your character (there are binder body types!) and have the option to wander the neighborhood with your daughter. If you’re feeling antisocial you end up meeting all your single dad neighbors at a barbecue. Your dating life is facilitated by Dadbook, obviously.

The Dadbook page for Robert Small. It's an OKCupid style questionaire. My favorite one is "What are your turn ons? don't talk to me"The Dadbook page for Joseph Christiansen. He seems SO PURE. He lists his turn-ons as "My loving wife"The Dadbook page for Mat Sella. He wanted to be a barista when he grew up and now he is. Living the dream!

And yes, there are some weird things going on with Youth Pastor Joseph.

Sweet, wholesome Joseph standing at his church event. One of the kids has made a sign that says "JESUS IS CUMING"

You help him fix the banner because you’re a nice dad. Or you don’t. He’s got a hidden achievement that may or may not be bugged and it is my current mission to live on his yacht with him. There is something weird going on in this man’s life.

Somehow all of the other characters have equally compelling story lines.

Your dad is faced with two attractive men. The narration appropriately exclaims that "YOUR UNENDING THIRST WILL BE YOUR ULTIMATE DOWNFALL"

But what they all have in common is the ultimate fantasy of a dad with a healthy, supportive relationship with his teen daughter.

Image of your dad presenting his daughter with a cake that says "SORRY YOU'RE SAD BUT I SUPPORT YOU 100%

Dial the fantasy back some, wow.

Can anyone else top me for judgement inducing Steam purchases? Or have I peaked?

 

 

January 2016

Oh weird, this blog post isn’t a list of things to be outraged about. I feel like I should fix that.

Books

Mockingbird by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk
Twitter Could. Not. Handle. This Cover:
The infamous Mockingbird cover. Mockingbird is standing on a beach with a shirt that says "ASK ME ABOUT MY FEMINIST AGENDA"
I can handle it. There is a corgi and Clint Barton, too. It’s like they know me.

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
The first part in a trilogy.
Summary: Humanity manages to war itself to near death. An alien race picks up the survivors and tries to prepare them for a new life alongside them. Humans are bad at getting along with people different from them (surprise! re: war). The aliens ask a lot in return for their lives.
I didn’t like the rest of the series as much as this first one, but this one made me cry.

Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
If a weird mist descended upon me and gave me super powers, I would also turn into Captain Marvel. I plowed through volumes 1 & 2 this month.

Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Dexter Soy, Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire.
Speaking of Captain Marvel..I love her. I reread In Pursuit of Flight this week because I needed some boss lady vibes in my life. This volume switches artists a decent amount. (I know I’ve forgotten some here.) That usually bothers me, but doesn’t here. Two years until we get a movie!

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher
The library finally got volume 2 in! I read volume one back in November. Two giant tardigrades fight to the death, the Bechdel test is passed so hard it explodes, and Matt Wilson colors.

Podcasts

I’ve finally listened to every episode of 99% Invisible. 10/10, do recommend them all.

Guano Mania (Episode 239) by 99% Invisible
The legal limbo of Puerto Rico can be linked to penguin poop. Laws are weird.

Walnut Grove (Episode 58) by Criminal
This is the best episode Criminal has made. We need to have a talk about for-profit prisons.

Games

Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
You get to climb all over buildings, be a pirate, and pet cats.

Movies

Hidden Figures
I don’t see movies in theaters often. Hidden Figures is worth it.

December 2016

We finished 2016! Who wants to bet that next month I’ll make a list of the best best-of-2016 lists?

Books

Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, and Takeshi Miyazawa
I would absolutely call myself Princess Powerful if I were a mutant. Actually, I would be everyone in this book.

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson
The entire world is so lucky that I’m out of my goth phase. I’d be insufferable if these characters were around then.
The Wicked + The Divine cover.
The covers make me want to cry. They’re so pretty.

Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Parts two and three to Ancillary Justice from last month. All the zombies and neat AIs of the first installment, but with more feels and smashing oppressive status quos.

Podcasts

Finals killed my podcast time.

On Average (Episode 226) by 99% Invisible
Averaging was once a radical concept. It makes sense because averages can be totally useless lies.

Long Distance Love Story (Episode 13) by Millennial
I cried a little on the train.

Games

Skyrim
If you need me, I’ll be sneaking around and filling my houses with cheese wheels. I guess there’s a plot where you kill dragons or whatever. I play on a Xbox 360 because I am actually that far behind in the world.

Splendor
Splendor is my favorite tabletop game. I get to collect resources AND I win all of the time.

Morels
A two-player card game where you get to competitively pick mushrooms. I don’t win this one all of the time, but I still like it. That means a lot.