Way, way, way back in the distant reaches of time, I started a site under this domain to be a don’t-call-it-a-blog. Mostly I treated it like the way I now treat Twitter & Tumblr: Brief snippets of thought punctuated by memes. Or possibly the other way ’round. Then social media became a thing and I really let this site go to waste. I also created sub-sites, and sites on other domains, and what-have-you. Look, I clearly need adult supervision because every third time I visit Hover I end up buying a domain.
I’m not here to say “I’m back” or anything so absurd as that. I’ve tried that, it never worked out. I’m just here to give a bit of catch-up on various things:
Against what might be called my “better judgement,” had I any to speak of, I decided to try out one of Right Stuf’s monthly loot box “Anime Haul” deals. They had my number this time, the theme being Music. (It was a rough week; I decided retail therapy was as good as any other kind.)
The box arrived yesterday. One Hatsune Miku manga (as yet unread), one soundtrack CD (Kamichu, and it’s… okay? generic orchestral ST stuff), one Blu-Ray (Sora no Woto / Sound of the Sky, which I remember liking a lot and look forward to a rewatch), a mug (tie-in for Your Lie In April, which I’ve never watched), and two cellphone charms, one of them is tiny and unrecognizable to me, and the other is… well:
Meet Nozomi Tojo, of the Love Live! franchise, apparently. Friend Wonderduck recommended one of the shows in the series recently, maybe this is a sign that I need to get on that.
I had the day off. I had plans fall through for the day. I recently figured out how to make the AR camera work again in the Pokémon GO app. (Turns out, it needs permissions to store files. Derp.)
So I went to the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a place with a staggering amount of Pokéstops all along one pleasant set of hiking paths. Last time we visited there were a whole gaggle of Ghastly… not so much, this time. Not a single one, actually. But I found a few other things to catch, such as this smarmy little electric rat:
The active event provides opportunities to, among other things, catch a Pikachu in shades. Who am I to turn down more electric rat variants, eh?
Over the course of a couple hours I had some fun with the AR camera:
And so forth.
I racked up a nice collection of gifts for friends as well. It’ll be nice to send gifts from places other than my usual daily commute, at least. Oh, and… I completed the special research tasks for A Mythical Discovery. All of them.
Yes, that means I have a Mew now. Boy howdy was catching that little twerp a pain in the backside. I didn’t know it was part Predator! It goes mostly-invisible (and you’re forced into AR mode) which makes for a helluva time when you’re out in bright sunshine.
Anyway. My day started kinda lousy, but walking it off (and playing mobile video games) helped turn it around. Huzzah.
For the record: This week I got rid of the Piwigo gallery in favor of just cramming galleries into the main site via plugin. Note the “Galleries” menu above. In case any Piwigo fans/devs read this? Vanity-searching your project name on Twitter just to tell a random person how wrong they are about the problems with your product is a great way to ensure that the random person in question will immediately dump your product. Just an eff why eye!
Also, I updated the My Sites linkage on the sidebar to reflect my gradual migration over to federated services (Mastodon and PixelFed instead of Twitter and Instagram).
The Blogroll (wow, what an ancient term) went away in favor of a shorter list of friends and other sites I want linked.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled weekend shenanigans.
After nearly twelve years in the same office at work I have shuffled over to a slightly larger, somewhat newer office. It features a standing desk and a window taking up almost one entire wall. (My old office could best be described as a “lightless cave.”) While we were figuring out what furniture should go where during the great migratory shuffling, I took note of a particular shelf unit and laid claim to it. Why?
Lots of narrow shelves make for great display of geeky artifacts! Nobody can mistake this space for belonging to anyone but me, now… for better or worse.
40 cards in 8 stacks, 300 diamonds (in-game currency) to flip each card, and on the 32nd try I get this:
Admiral Nautica in her bathtime ducky costume
The game is Valkyrie Connect, a “gacha” mobile game of collecting fighters to defeat monsters blah blah blah whatever, it’s an amusing way to pass an hour or so per day, give or take. When this latest event appeared in which the publishers clearly expect folks to plunk down ridiculous amounts of money, my first thought was, “Like hell I will.”
My second thought was, “oh crap Nautica gets a rubber duck, I’M DOOMED.”
Turns out, I didn’t need to spend very much money. Ahem.