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Weeknotes for 2023-01-13

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This week I’ve been in the Netherlands for work, so between jet lag and meetings I’ve been pretty wiped out. Still, I’ve managed to get a few non-work related things done as well.

This week I managed to:

  • Took care of some tedious but essential admin work for our household finances.
  • Finished reading The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher, which was all kinds of excellent. Delightfully wicked folkloric horror that kept me turning pages even when I shouldn’t have. Highly recommended.
  • In podcast news:

    Still separated, the crew attempts to find each other and uncover more mysteries that surround the inhabitants of the Foundry.

    • Was pleased to see that the show continues to chart in China (five consecutive months now!) and in the Netherlands. It’s both exciting and a little humbling.
  • Read the leaked OGL 1.1 draft. Hey, Hasbro? Wizards of the Coast? Go fuck yourself.2
  • Continued to set up Obsidian, this time using the Tasks plugin to set up a full GTD-like system including templated reports embedded in daily notes.3
  • Watched two new flicks on the flight over here.
    • See How They Run: A fun pastiche of Agatha Christie mysteries set in 1950s London, with lots of winks to the audience. I think it may have been a little too self-satisfied with itself, but Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan are delightful together as foils investigating the case.
    • 3000 Years of Longing: A new take on a legend of the Djinn in a bottle starring Tilda Swinton as an academic studying cultural narratives and Idris Elba as the aforementioned lovelorn djinn. This is one I was excited about, and it was enjoyable. As always with stories of wishes, there’s some questionable choices, and I haven’t yet decided what I think of those overall. It’s a movie I’d recommend seeing, but maybe not in a theatre. It’s beautifully shot and performed, but I was left a little unsatisfied, and I’m not sure I could tell you why.
  • Watched the first episode of Dimension 20’s Neverafter, which has a very promising start! I’m looking forward to seeing Brennan Lee Mulligan GM more horror.
  • Speaking of Brennan Lee Mulligan, I am very excited about Worlds Beyond Number, an upcoming actual play podcast with a mix of campaigns, one-shots, and rotating GMs. It has a powerhouse cast consisting of Mulligan, Aabria Iyengar, Erika Ishii, and Lou Wilson.

That’s about it! As mentioned above, the jet lag has been brutal this trip, so I’m honestly shocked I got this much done. I’m here for another week, so hopefully I’ll have adapted to the time difference by then.

  1. Per user vs per machine software licenses is the way to go, folks! ↩︎

  2. I would really love it if the TTRPG community would keep their vitriol aimed at the execs behind this change, and not the poor designers and community managers that not only have nothing to do with it, but almost certainly have little to no influence on the outcome of this controversy. ↩︎

  3. I’m really having entirely too much fun with this program. ↩︎