Talking to Depression (personal stuff)

This is a depressing post about depression. Sorry.

I should post today’s podcast.
Eh, it doesn’t matter. Today isn’t a particularly exciting episode or anything and it’s not like you have a wide audience.

It’s not about popularity. Anyway I have to write a post today. I promised that I would give Blaugust a serious go.
About what? Is it really better to just write boring, shallow content for the sake of hitting publish? You’re going to piss off your readers with this crap.

I’m not sure that’s true. Signing up for wacky blogger events is sort of expected. Let’s just write about something I’ve been having fun playing lately.
But you haven’t been having fun lately. With anything.

Fine, we can read Feedly and catch up on what everyone else is writing about.
Yeah, let the people with actual talent and voice write the blog posts. At least they can stick with a daily post plan.

Shut up, it’s not like that and you know it. Whatever, we can just cruise Twitter for a bit.
Yes, go read Twitter. Go look at selfies of women who are younger and thinner and more talented, and read tweets by people who have a full life because they’re not a slacker like you.

I’m not a slacker. I work hard. And people like me!
Do they? Remember when you told yourself that 100 followers was a sign that people liked you? Now you have way more than that and it never gets better, does it? Maybe you’ll never feel like you aren’t always the lesser person. Maybe it’s because that’s the truth.

Whatever, I guess a break from social media is a good idea. We could read something else online.
Have you seen the news lately? Everywhere is full of hate and fear and depression right now.

Well that’s true. Forget it. Let’s go offline for a bit and do some work.
Good idea, because one day someone is going to notice that you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t belong here. And don’t you think your co-workers are nicer to each other than they are to you? I bet they talk about you. That’s what you get for trying to make friends with people.

Be quiet.
I’m only telling you this because it’s the truth.

Please be quiet.
You’re uninteresting and mediocre. You could disappear and it wouldn’t make a difference. But hey, I bet there’s some relief in knowing that nothing you do will ever matter.

I think I’ll just sit here until it gets dark.
Okay. I’ll keep you company.

Podcasts I Listen To, August 2014 Edition

Over on 8bit Kitchen today I wrote a beginner’s guide to canning jams and pickles!

The real world has got me kind of down this week, folks, so for today let’s Blaugust this place up with a simple list!

I bike commute to work for about an hour every week day, and podcasts are my entertainment of choice while I ride. Below is a list of what I currently have in regular rotation.

(And while I’m at it let me just give a shout-out to editing. Please edit your shows, my fellow podcasters. You may have 20 minutes of really interesting, intelligent, and/or funny things to say, but if it’s embedded in 40 minutes of giggling or awkward silence or idle chatter about what your cat is doing right this minute I’m going to have a hard time making myself listen to it. Sorry.)

Game Podcasts

Crate & Crowbar – These guys are mostly professional PC gaming journalists, but don’t hold that against them.

Videogamer UK – Lots of console talk here which I don’t particularly care about but the hosts are hilarious so whatever. (Also pro journo types!)

Retsutalk – The podcast for the hosts of Retsupurae, can be hit or miss depending on the guests.

Angry Chicken – A Hearthstone podcast I just started listening to, but I like the host comraderie.

Hearthpro – I also just started listening to this branch of the Blizzpro family. Angry Chicken probably has the edge with me so far, but both are very informative.

MMOsketeers – I’ve talked about this show before already, but Teppo and Jen still produce a great MMO podcast.

Couch Podtatoes – Izlain and Eri?! Hey I know those people!

Contains Moderate Peril – CMP hits a perfect balance between intelligent discussion of games and being a joyous fan.

Not Game Podcasts

The F Plus – They read horrible things found on the internet and mock them. I’m pretty sure I’ve listened to all 146 episodes of this show.

Movieing On – Part of the same network as MMOsketeers, this show talks about mostly smaller movies from 1999 or earlier.

Welcome to Night Vale – Obvs.

NPR: 7AM ET News Summary Podcast – Five minutes every morning to get an overview of what’s going on in the world.

What I’m Missing

Horror / Cult / Genre movie podcasts. I keep trying shows out but I’ve had bad luck finding one that isn’t also weirdly sexist.

Also a cooking podcast — do these exist? I should investigate…

Introducing: the 8bit Kitchen blog
Aug11

Introducing: the 8bit Kitchen blog

A few weeks ago a bunch of us blogger people were talking on Twitter and somehow it came up that we had just about all considered starting a food blog at some point.

The problem was that we of course already have our hands full as bloggers, plus we need time to play the games that we write about! The general consensus was that none of us had the time or energy to devote to a second blog, even if food and drink and cooking was a legitimate additional hobby.

And so an idea was born.

Introducing 8bit Kitchen, the new collaborative food, drink, and cooking blog! I solicited people in the original Twitter conversation that inspired this ideaplus other MMO bloggers here and on the social medias to join up and write.

8bit Introducing: the 8bit Kitchen blog

Right now there are posts up by myself, and Murf and Jeromai and gamerlady, and author invites out to a bunch more folks. The type of content is broad: photos of dinner, recipes, reviews, funny essays, tutorials, posts about our culinary history and inspirations, basically whatever people want to post on the topic. And thanks to it being a collaborative blog, we can all just post when we want and not sweat it when we don’t.

(“But Liore,” I hear you saying. “Isn’t it a little crazy to launch a new blog of any kind during Blaugust when many bloggers are already stretched thin?” And I will reply, “Umm.. so.. umm. NEXT QUESTION.”)

So check it out! And subscribe to us on WordPress or Twitter to stay up on posts! And if you want to contribute, let me know. All MMO bloggers are welcome.

Now to work on my Intro to Pickling…

This Week in Liore
Aug10

This Week in Liore

Well, it happened. There was no Blaugust post yesterday but I did move the site to a new and faster server, so I have no regrets!

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My guild is running a Hearthstone tournament and last week we all played our first round. The rules are simple: no legendary cards, no epic cards, and no zoo decks. I won my first matchup (*wave* Jhun) with an aggro pally deck and a kind of failed ramp druid deck. In other Hearthstone news while I’ve paid for all the wings so far with gold I think I may have to pay cash for Tuesday’s Quarter — I’ve spent my Hearthstone time tweaking decks for the tournament and not doing quests. Plus I’m realizing just how many cards I don’t have, so I’d rather put my gold into Arenas for cards and dust.

(Videos of most of the games so far, including mine, are here.)

I gained an entire level through PvP in WildStar on Friday and I won ONE game in all that time. The 30-49 bracket is a hole where Exiles go to die. C’moooon, 50!

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One of the blogs I’ve discovered through Blaugust is Aggro Range and it’s both interesting and well written. Go check it out!

Meanwhile in non-game writing, Wired has an article titled How to Use Your Cat to Hack Your Neighbor’s Wi-Fi. It’s not groundbreaking or anything, but an amusing concept.

Also of note is this truly beautiful essay on The Power of Female Friendship.

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I made these Sriracha chicken wings on Friday and they were sooooooooo good. I followed the recipe almost exactly but if (when!) I make it again I would do the wings for 15 minutes on both sides and put a smaller amount of ketchup in. Oh and more cumin, because cumin is amazing.

I am starting up a collaborative food blog for MMO bloggers! Right now myself, Murf and Syl are participating and I would love to add more folks. Let me know if you would like to post recipes, photos of food, discussions about food, or whatever. I will probably soft-launch the site next week, and you’re welcome to post as much or as little as you like.

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I ended up watching a lot more Fringe yesterday while doing housework and without giving any spoilers away the whole show is pretty much worth it just for the word “Walternate”. I’m near the end of season 3 now, which means about halfway through the series. It’s kind of silly, but in a good way. (Oh and it was filmed in Vancouver so I really enjoy the “New York” or “Boston” street scenes which often take place in my neighborhood.)

A movie trailer! V/H/S 1 and 2 are recent horror anthologies featuring some pretty awesome modern indie directors that take on the theme of found footage. While some of the bits aren’t that great, others are so good that they more than make up for it. Anyway, V/H/S 3 is being made! Yessss.

Black Mirror is a UK program that’s kind of like The Twilight Zone but with an eye on technology. My favorite episode, “15 Million Merits” is on YouTube, which is important because Black Mirror is otherwise not available in North America. (If you’re in Europe, please legally obtain this show!) Warning: this is bleak stuff and understandably not suitable for sensitive folks. But it’s also really really really good sci-fi.

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This week on Herding Cats I talked about four games I’m gonna play this weekend and how WoW’s retro 10th anniversary plans aren’t tempting this veteran. I also complained that Esper healing in WildStar is no fun. Plus, my top 3 favorite seasons of TV and a bunch of screenshots!

Comment highlight of the week goes to Wilhelm, who knows how to fix WoW’s 10th anniversary plans:

“Like Murph, I’d like to see them play with some sort of vanilla server, no transfers to it, no cross-realm mail from your alts, and everybody swamping the starter zones. Only there was Cataclysm, so going back to REAL vanilla is a chore, one unlikely to be take on by Blizz.”

… I would play that.

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On Tumblr, this image of Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany as Shawn of the Dead is like two of my favorite things together in one!

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Meanwhile on Twitter I just told it like it is about new upstart channel Fish Plays Pokemon

Friday Five: four games I’m gonna play this weekend

Hello and welcome to day 8 of Blaugust. And I’m still standing! Or writing. Whatever, CONTENT SUCKAS.

Um, sorry about that. I have a bit of the Friday sillies, and part of the reason I am feeling so fine is that I have a delightfully lazy weekend in front of me. I mean, lazy for me includes another trip to the farmer’s market for another round of pickled beets and peach jam. And doing both podcasts on Sunday. And tidying my home between heat waves. But still, so much game time while wearing comfy pants!

I am going to play all the things. Or, well, these things in particular:

1) WildStar! I’m still level 48 and oh my god I’m so bored of levelling so I need to just get to 50 before I think about it too much. WildStar’s levelling is pretty good, honestly, but I just dislike the concept in general. It’s time to get to 50 so I can focus on grown-up character things.

2) Hearthstone! Last week I won my game in the first round of our guild Hearthstone tournament, which means next week I have to face down frequent streamer Corr. I need to rejigger my current decks and maybe come up with another one I can rotate in depending on what he is playing. (No details because I know he reads this blog. *wave*)

3) Saints Row 4! I really enjoyed this game but due to multiplayer shenanigans I only played through the first third of it or so at launch. Fortunately the most recent episode of the Crate and Crowbar podcast talked about SR4 and how awesome it is for some reason, and I’m a sucker for hype. Time to knock this off my half-played list.

4) Cook, Serve, Delicious! I got to the 2-star restaurant level in this game and then took a little break. It’s very fun and much deeper than I expected, but it also requires concentration and a high level of attention, and I’ve just been too tired and frazzled lately. This will be a great game to play on Sunday morning after a nice long night of sleep.

5) Look, four games is probably plenty for one weekend.

So what are you playing this weekend?

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