Bundle haul

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Confession time: I started making these posts (eons ago) because a close friend did as well, and I enjoyed reading them. But the main reason why I continue is because the primary way I have to keep track of the books I've bought and avoid duplicates is, well, grep on these posts.

I should come up with a non-bullshit way of doing this, but time to do more elegant things is in short supply, and, well, it's my blog. So I'm boring all of you who read this in various places with my internal bookkeeping. I do try to at least add a bit of commentary.

This one will be more tedious than most since it includes five separate Humble Bundles, which increases the volume a lot. (I just realized I'd forgotten to record those purchases from the past several months.)

First, the individual books I bought directly:

Ilona Andrews — Sweep in Peace (sff)
Ilona Andrews — One Fell Sweep (sff)
Steven Brust — Vallista (sff)
Nicky Drayden — The Prey of Gods (sff)
Meg Elison — The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (sff)
Pat Green — Night Moves (nonfiction)
Ann Leckie — Provenance (sff)
Seanan McGuire — Once Broken Faith (sff)
Seanan McGuire — The Brightest Fell (sff)
K. Arsenault Rivera — The Tiger's Daughter (sff)
Matthew Walker — Why We Sleep (nonfiction)

Some new books by favorite authors, a few new releases I heard good things about, and two (Night Moves and Why We Sleep) from references in on-line articles that impressed me.

The books from security bundles (this is mostly work reading, assuming I'll get to any of it), including a blockchain bundle:

Wil Allsop — Unauthorised Access (nonfiction)
Ross Anderson — Security Engineering (nonfiction)
Chris Anley, et al. — The Shellcoder's Handbook (nonfiction)
Conrad Barsky & Chris Wilmer — Bitcoin for the Befuddled (nonfiction)
Imran Bashir — Mastering Blockchain (nonfiction)
Richard Bejtlich — The Practice of Network Security (nonfiction)
Kariappa Bheemaiah — The Blockchain Alternative (nonfiction)
Violet Blue — Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy (nonfiction)
Richard Caetano — Learning Bitcoin (nonfiction)
Nick Cano — Game Hacking (nonfiction)
Bruce Dang, et al. — Practical Reverse Engineering (nonfiction)
Chris Dannen — Introducing Ethereum and Solidity (nonfiction)
Daniel Drescher — Blockchain Basics (nonfiction)
Chris Eagle — The IDA Pro Book, 2nd Edition (nonfiction)
Nikolay Elenkov — Android Security Internals (nonfiction)
Jon Erickson — Hacking, 2nd Edition (nonfiction)
Pedro Franco — Understanding Bitcoin (nonfiction)
Christopher Hadnagy — Social Engineering (nonfiction)
Peter N.M. Hansteen — The Book of PF (nonfiction)
Brian Kelly — The Bitcoin Big Bang (nonfiction)
David Kennedy, et al. — Metasploit (nonfiction)
Manul Laphroaig (ed.) — PoC || GTFO (nonfiction)
Michael Hale Ligh, et al. — The Art of Memory Forensics (nonfiction)
Michael Hale Ligh, et al. — Malware Analyst's Cookbook (nonfiction)
Michael W. Lucas — Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition (nonfiction)
Bruce Nikkel — Practical Forensic Imaging (nonfiction)
Sean-Philip Oriyano — CEHv9 (nonfiction)
Kevin D. Mitnick — The Art of Deception (nonfiction)
Narayan Prusty — Building Blockchain Projects (nonfiction)
Prypto — Bitcoin for Dummies (nonfiction)
Chris Sanders — Practical Packet Analysis, 3rd Edition (nonfiction)
Bruce Schneier — Applied Cryptography (nonfiction)
Adam Shostack — Threat Modeling (nonfiction)
Craig Smith — The Car Hacker's Handbook (nonfiction)
Dafydd Stuttard & Marcus Pinto — The Web Application Hacker's Handbook (nonfiction)
Albert Szmigielski — Bitcoin Essentials (nonfiction)
David Thiel — iOS Application Security (nonfiction)
Georgia Weidman — Penetration Testing (nonfiction)

Finally, the two SF bundles:

Buzz Aldrin & John Barnes — Encounter with Tiber (sff)
Poul Anderson — Orion Shall Rise (sff)
Greg Bear — The Forge of God (sff)
Octavia E. Butler — Dawn (sff)
William C. Dietz — Steelheart (sff)
J.L. Doty — A Choice of Treasons (sff)
Harlan Ellison — The City on the Edge of Forever (sff)
Toh Enjoe — Self-Reference ENGINE (sff)
David Feintuch — Midshipman's Hope (sff)
Alan Dean Foster — Icerigger (sff)
Alan Dean Foster — Mission to Moulokin (sff)
Alan Dean Foster — The Deluge Drivers (sff)
Taiyo Fujii — Orbital Cloud (sff)
Hideo Furukawa — Belka, Why Don't You Bark? (sff)
Haikasoru (ed.) — Saiensu Fikushon 2016 (sff anthology)
Joe Haldeman — All My Sins Remembered (sff)
Jyouji Hayashi — The Ouroboros Wave (sff)
Sergei Lukyanenko — The Genome (sff)
Chohei Kambayashi — Good Luck, Yukikaze (sff)
Chohei Kambayashi — Yukikaze (sff)
Sakyo Komatsu — Virus (sff)
Miyuki Miyabe — The Book of Heroes (sff)
Kazuki Sakuraba — Red Girls (sff)
Robert Silverberg — Across a Billion Years (sff)
Allen Steele — Orbital Decay (sff)
Bruce Sterling — Schismatrix Plus (sff)
Michael Swanwick — Vacuum Flowers (sff)
Yoshiki Tanaka — Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 1: Dawn (sff)
Yoshiki Tanaka — Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 2: Ambition (sff)
Yoshiki Tanaka — Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Volume 3: Endurance (sff)
Tow Ubukata — Mardock Scramble (sff)
Sayuri Ueda — The Cage of Zeus (sff)
Sean Williams & Shane Dix — Echoes of Earth (sff)
Hiroshi Yamamoto — MM9 (sff)
Timothy Zahn — Blackcollar (sff)

Phew. Okay, all caught up, and hopefully won't have to dump something like this again in the near future. Also, more books than I have any actual time to read, but what else is new.

Annie Hart

Oct. 17th, 2017 05:40 am
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Posted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson

Content: Dungeons 3
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Game Description: At last, the Dungeon Lord has successfully united the forces of evil and established his dark empire. Time for the next step in his most diabolical quest: expansion!
Through enticing the dark elf priestess Thalya from the fluffy clutches of the surface world to become his chief lieutenant, the Dungeon Lord has found a way to direct his campaign of conquest from the confines of his underground lair. With Thalya on the front line, and the united forces of evil to support her, players will have to use every trick in the book to best those do-gooders of the overworld, once and for all!
Unleash your dark side by creating a unique underground dungeon from a huge array of rooms, traps and structures. Raise the most terrifying army the world has ever seen, by choosing from despicable creatures such as orcs, succubae, zombies and much, much more. Then, once you have built your forces, emerge from the darkness and guide your army to the light of the overworld, where you will corrupt the land and dispatch anything even vaguely heroic, cute or unicorn-shaped. And in a first for the Dungeons series, experience randomly generated levels, so that no two sessions are alike – never-ending fun for any evil conqueror!

Purchase for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

 

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Posted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson

Content: The Minecraft: Story Mode Bundle
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Game Description:
This bundle includes 2 games from Telltale:

– Minecraft: Story Mode (Episodes 1-8)
– Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two (Episodes 1-5)

THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME IN THE WORLD OF MINECRAFT

Purchase for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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Posted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson

Content: South Park: The Fractured but Whole
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Game Description: From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a sequel to 2014’s award-winning South Park: The Stick of Truth. Players will once again assume the role of the New Kid and join South Park favorites Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman in a new hilarious and outrageous RPG adventure. 

Purchase for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

 

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Posted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson

Content: Rogue Trooper Redux
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Game Description: A pioneering tactical shooter and landmark comic book adaptation, Rogue Trooper is back, remastered and revitalised in true high definition.
Experience acclaimed combat and explosive third person action in this BAFTA-nominated tale of betrayal and revenge at the far reaches of the galaxy.  

Purchase for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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Posted by Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store.

Discounts are valid for Xbox Live Gold members through 23 October 2017.

These deals will expire at 10:00 am UTC on Tuesday October 24th 2017

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt XCOM® 2  NBA LIVE 18: The One Edition

Xbox One Deals

 

Content Savings
The Witcher 3 GOTY 60%
GHOST RECON WILDLANDS GOLD 50%
NBA 2K18 450,000 VC 10%
NBA 2K18 200,000 VC 10%
NBA 2K18 75,000 VC 10%
XCOM 2 60%
Farming Simulator 17 – Premium Edition 67%
Yooka Laylee 25%
Anima Gate of Memories 50%
Battlefield™ 1 Premium 50%
Battlefield™ 1 Revolution 50%
BATTLESHIP 60%
Cyber Complex 25%
F1™ 2017 30%
Farming Simulator 17 60%
Farming Simulator 17 – DLC (Kuhn) 33%
Farming Simulator 17 – Season Pass 33%
GHOST RECON WILDLANDS 50%
GHOST RECON WILDLANDS DELUXE 50%
GHOST RECON WILDLANDS Medium Credits Pack – 3840 20%
Madden 18 33%
Madden 18 GOAT Squads Edition 33%
McDroid 75%
NBA 2K17 200,000 VC 30%
NBA 2K17 450,000 VC 40%
NBA 2K17 75,000 VC 20%
NBA LIVE 18 50%
Neuro Voider 30%
NHL 18 33%
NHL 18 Deluxe 33%
NHL 18 Super Deluxe 33%
RISK WORLD DOMINATION 60%
The Witcher 3 50%
The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine 50%
The Witcher 3 Expansion Pass 50%
The Witcher 3 Hearts of Stone 50%
Unepic 50%
STAR WARS™ Battlefront™ Ultimate Edition 85%
SWBF Season Pass 100%
The Long Dark  10%
Fortnite Founders Pack 1 40%
Fortnite Founders Pack 2 40%
Fortnite Founders Pack 3 40%
Fortnite Founders Pack 4 40%

 

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Plus check out these additional deals on Fallout 4 and related content

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 33%
Fallout 4 Automatron 33%
Fallout 4 Contraptions Workshop 33%
Fallout 4 Far Harbor 33%
Fallout 4 GOTY 33%
Fallout 4 Nuka-World 33%
Fallout 4 Season Pass 40%
Fallout 4 Vault-Tec Workshop 33%
Fallout 4 Wasteland Workshop 33%

 

 

Xbox 360 Deals

Red Dead Redemption 67%
The Witcher 2 85%
GTA IV 60%
Bully Scholarship Edition 50%
Grand Theft Auto IV:  The Lost & Damned  50%
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 60%
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 50%
Midnight Club LA: Complete 50%
Max Payne 3 50%
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare Pack 50%
Grand Theft Auto IV:  The Lost & Damned  (JP) 50%
The Witcher 2 (UK) 85%

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

attempting embroidery

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:18 pm
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Somehow, I don't know how, I started following an embroidery blog, Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread. And I liked what I saw, but transferring designs seemed really tedious and also fraught with the possibility of error, and it's not like I don't have enough stitching projects on hand already.

. . . and then, of course, I found pre-printed "coloring book" fabric in a craft store, very cheap. So I decided to give it a try, using spare floss from my stash.

The fabric is "Zenbroidery", specifically the Garden print. The picture has suggested stitching, but, well, check out the big version: you could see the printing through the stitching, I just couldn't make myself do it. So I dug through the Needle 'n Thread archives for ideas, picked out some floss, popped the fabric on my Q-Snaps, and started out.

It was a lot of fun at first! Not having to look at a pattern makes things flow surprisingly quickly and enjoyably. And making the vines split off and curl around was very satisfying.

Here's as far as I got before I stopped:

picture )

(click to make huge, or view on Google Photos)

I'm stopping for several reasons: I don't like the colors I picked; it's too big (10" square); satin stitch with a single strand of DMC is incredibly tedious; and worst, the fabric is just awful: it's so thin you can see the brown desk underneath it, and every time I had to pick out stitches or try to set them close together, I was afraid I'd rip it.

So I'm going to put this aside and get some better-quality (and smaller) preprinted fabric from Etsy, as my travel project. Because I have also started gridding the Teresa Wentzler Celestial Dragon, nearly eight years after I was given the pattern, and that's not a travel project in the least. (I'm making myself a ruler for the gridding, and even with that I'm still so nervous about messing it up that I'm sure I'm going to recount all the blocks regardless, because I'm planning to do as she suggests and stitch the border first . . . )

Do you embroider? Do you have a favorite pattern source or type? (I think I might try crewel at some point, because the nice soft thick wool threads look very appealing.)
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Posted by jwz

Ok, this is not actually a weekly feature. Thankfully. But this one is a good one. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, our customers:

At 9:30 on Friday night, a customer by the name of Joshua H_____ decided that during changeover he would pour a drink from a bottle of Jameson on the centermost front VIP table.

After seeing him do this, drink it, spill it, and mess up the table, we escorted him outside. I told him we escorted him out because he stole booze from a table, those bottles cost $350 and now we can't sell it. I gave him the option of paying up, or calling the police. He opted for us to call the police.

I called the police at 9:39. They said it would be a few minutes. He then decided to pay the money and went to the ATM. He pulled out $40 but left his card and money in the ATM. And he didn't notice.

At that point, after arguing drunkenly with us for 10 minutes, his buddies told him to just run. Which they did. He ran two blocks up Eleventh Street. We watched him run into traffic and almost die. About 5 minutes later, he came stumbling back down Eleventh. The police had shown up and were about to leave when I led them to the guy. They convinced him to pay us instead of going to jail. We gave him his forgotten ATM card and $40. He pulled out the remaining money and the cops left after watching him stumble down to Harrison.

Badge Numbers ___, ____; Car ___.

The video webcast is still down, as there has been no progress on the latest Youtube fuckery, nor have they responded in any way to my question about what the hell they think the problem is.

But, here are some recent photos.

Hubba Hubba: Murder Mansion
Hotline
Control: Netsky
Control: Gentlemens Club

music lyrics?

Oct. 16th, 2017 07:04 pm
yhlee: Jedao's motto: I'm your gun (hxx I'm your gun)
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One of my favorite songs is The Bloody Lovelies' "Hologram" [YouTube, about 3:30] and while I normally don't care about lyrics, this is one of the times that I wish I could understand them all. I own the physical CD and the booklet-thing doesn't come with lyrics, nor have I been able to find lyrics online.

Is anyone willing to listen to the song and transcribe the lyrics in comments? I would be happy to write you a flashfic to a prompt of your choosing. :]

(Based on the snippets of lyrics I do understand, I consider this to be the unofficial theme song of Revenant Gun, LOL.)

ETA: ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Playing ping pong while the cat is lounging on the ping pong table. This lasted until a stray ping pong ball, uh, caught her in the snoot, at which point she scurried under the table...

Hatewatching

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:39 pm
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Posted by jwz

Sometimes I continue watching TV shows just so I can be angry at them. It's probably not healthy.

The Inhumans: This show is garbage in just so many ways, but let me call out a few items that particularly infuriate me.

  • Drywall:

    Here is what the ceiling in Crystal's room looks like, her room on the moon -- on the moon:

    That's drywall! Studs 16 inches on center with recessed sockets! I can't look at that without seeing California Title 24 post-2013 low-energy lighting standards. Now I realize this show has no budget, but come on. Even Dr. Who -- Dr. Who in the 1970s -- didn't cheap out this badly.

    Compare and contrast to this shot from the upcoming Thor movie:

    That's drywall and $10 of paint, but it is Kirby as Fuck! Find the person who did that! They are already on your org chart! They probably work in your building!

    I mean, to be generous, at least her apartment's "2015 Airbnb rental in the Financial District" look does match her character's complete absence of personality.

  • Lockjaw:

    You have a show where one of the characters is an elephant-sized, teleporting, drooling bulldog. How is this not the star of the show? More specifically, how is this not the most charming thing in the world? How did they manage to make Lockjaw boring? This is a freebie, how did you screw that up??

    Also, CGI bulldog, seriously? Wouldn't it have been cheaper to just composite in a real bulldog? If you did that it might have had some personality and not looked like it was half melted all the time.

  • Medusa's Hair:

    It's a given that Medusa's hair was going to be a disaster. It's an absolutely nonsensical, ridiculous idea, how can you even do that live-action without it being comedy? Also, it's an expensive effect! So they solved that problem by... shaving her head for the whole season. WHAT. It's like the story Kevin Smith told about the Jon Peters Superman movie: "I don't want to see him in that suit. No flying. And he has to fight a giant spider in the third act." Other than that, yeah, that's totally Superman, you've nailed the essence of the character!

  • Hot Librarian:

    "Have Central Casting send over a Scientistess!" You know the character, she's wearing big black glasses but she hasn't taken the scrunchie out of her long, straight blonde ponytail yet, so you can't tell she's "hot". Is this actually the same actor playing Hot Librarian in Arrow? Because it's sure the same character, the same writing, and possibly decanted from the same clone vat. Stop doing this.

  • "Friend? What Is Friend?"

    They live in a secret city on the moon. They all speak perfect English, with only a slight Ren Faire accent. They know all about Earth, in particular, current events involving humans on Earth mutating. So they land on Earth, and now:

    • They don't understand what money is.
    • They think ATMs are speech-operated and just give it out for free.
    • Somehow announcing that you are Queen of a secret city that nobody on Earth has heard of will convince the mean old ATM to comply.
    • But! Medusa recognizes a helicopter by sight and calls it by the proper name.
    • And thinks you can chase them with cars.
    • Oh but Ramsay Bolton secretly owns a corporation? A secret Medical Research Murder Corporation? That just happens to be in the same place that everyone ended up.

    HOW do you write this badly? Does this show not even have a backstory written down? Seriously how do you fuck this up? Does your showrunner's wall not have any post-it notes on it at all?

    So which is it? Do they watch our TV, regularly receive shipments from Earth of drywall and UL-listed lighting fixtures? Or are they 15th century Brigadoon Monarchists recently emerged from their cave?

Gotham:

    The only remaining thing that is any good about this show is the cityscape wipes. Even Penguin is boring now. He was the only good part, how did they make him boring?

    Seriously, the cityscape that appears in the scene transitions is the most interesting character in the show. They should just put it in leather pants and give it a knife, like Victor Zsasz.



    I'm curious about whether they have one massive digital model of the city, or whether they still composite these by hand. Do all the fake buildings have names and street addresses? That model would be an irresistible rathole to me.

    Designing Gotham: how the look and feel of Batman's home came to be:

    We do find other areas that need no help to look like Gotham, and we go far and wide to do it. There are warehouses and old buildings and docks along the waterfront in Brooklyn that still have that feeling. We shoot a lot, funnily enough, in Staten Island, because Staten Island in some areas hasn't experienced the architectural resurgence that Manhattan has. We also tend to find perfect Gotham that doesn't need to be messed with under bridges and overpasses. Those areas really feel like the city has you in its hold. [...]

    There's an enormous day and night translucent backing that surrounds Barbara Kean's apartment -- a gigantic background photograph, really. It's a composite of photographs of buildings from various cities that were carefully chosen for their Gotham-like feeling, and then manipulated digitally to bring the Gotham look to it that we wanted.

    Most of the photographs are from New York, although we eliminate specific landmarks that are associated with New York. You may see Chrysler-like buildings, but you won't see the Chrysler building. We even do that on a day-to-day basis as we're shooting in the city. We try not to feature the Empire State building.

    That aside, Batman Muppet Babies is not a good show.

PS, speaking of stories where The City is (or should be) a primary character, I'm still sad and angry over the new Blade Runner, but I haven't written down my massive list of grievances yet.

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