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Pokémon Go: Week 6 [20160830|04:51]
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The usual squee is most welcome in the comments.

  • I hatched a CP1300+ Magmar! My only previous encounter with a Magmar was in London, when I was still quite low level. It was CP13 and although it came with a lot of candy (for some reason) it was nowhere near enough to power it up to a usable level. So it was exciting to get this one, as I’ve been able to put it to use in the gym. It’s currently residing in a local gym, earning me stardust & Pokécoins.
  • I discovered a nearby gym has been taken over by a large group from Team Mystic. So I battled up its prestige enough to pop in my CP1600+ Gyarados, and it’s actually been there for almost a week. I’ve never had a Pokémon in a gym for more than about two hours, so this is really exciting.
  • I HATCHED A VULPIX FROM A 5KM EGG. Now I understand what [personal profile] recessional is on about. :D So lovely.
  • I had thought I wouldn’t use my Spreadsheet of Evolve again until Level 25, but my monitoring shows I already have 39 evolutions available and I’m only halfway through Level 22. As I’m unlikely to gain XP very quickly over the next few weeks without my regular London trips, I shall probably use my second Lucky Egg somewhere on my journey from 22 to 25.
  • I’m very close to maxing out the Bug Catcher and Psychic medals. My most pathetic medal is still the Rocker, since I have caught a grand total of three Electric-type Pokémon.
  • I’m already 379 Magikarp candies on my way to my second Gyarados. So. Many. Magikarp. I wish I could trade my Magikarp for some Eevees. Or Meowths. Or Geodudes.
  • Since arriving in the USA for a holiday, I have caught an Ekans and a Growlithe. I had thought the former was some kind of poo-joke-Pok&eacaute;mon from its shadow, but it makes sense that it’s a snake now that I see it. The latter has me enchanted, and now I want whatever a Growlithe evolves into. I’ve never even seen a shadow of one before.
  • The first egg that I got from a US-ian Pokéstop was a 10k. It went straight into an incubator and I am absurdly excited about hatching it.

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Friday's Unscientific Poll: Bake Off + Seven Days of Selfies (6/7) [20160826|14:33]
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In a rare, almost scientific move, I am following up on last week's poll. Here is my new phone case, simultaneously expressing my love of Japanese woodblock printing and Pokémon Go.

Pokemon Go meets Katsushika Hokusai

The Great British Bake Off has begun again. The first episode of the new season aired on Wednesday night. I livetweeted with the other fanpersons on my list. We all fell in love with Selasi Gbormittah. So...who is/are your favourite(s)? (A reminder of the contestants, with photos: Radio Times listing)

My favourite(s) on Bake Off this year are:
Poll #2052588 Bake Off 2016

My favourite(s) on Bake Off this year are:

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Pokémon Go: Week 5 [20160822|10:54]
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[the weather today is |poking the Gengar's tummy LOTS]

I was going to post this tomorrow rather than today, but for various reasons am in dire need of cheering up. Please to share with me your Pokésquee if you have any.

  • My Spreadsheet of Evolve finally got to the point where I was ready to pop my Lucky Egg.
  • 67 evolutions in slightly over 30 minutes with eight new Pokémons registered to the Pokedex gave me 74500 XP. The egg ran out just before I finished the last one. I suspect the additional time taken for the Pokedex registrations rendered it impossible to complete them all in time for doubled points.
  • The orgy of evolve wasn’t quite as fun as I was hoping. Partly because I was nervous about getting them all done in time, and partly because frankly it’s boring evolving 11 Pidgeys and 12 Rattatas.
  • This was mitigated by watching my trainer bompf from the end of Level 20 to nearly Level 22. That wasn’t at all tedious. :D
  • Am now Level 22.
  • I now have a Wartortle. Take that, Euston Station.
  • Why did no one look at the Weepinbell and think “flying condom. no. bad idea. back to the drawing board”? Least Favourite Pokémon.
  • I have maxed out the Bird Keeper and Punk Girl medals.
  • Whenever I have grump, I go and poke the Gengar’s tummy, and then there is less grump.

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Friday's Unscientific Poll: Phone cases [20160819|23:00]
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[with a hint of |clueless]

As mentioned recently, I've acquired a new phone. I have been browsing for a case, and on Redbubble, I believe I have hit on a blend of high art and fandom that speaks deeply to me. Behold.

"Noir" by Missy Pena

"The Great Wave" by Missy Pena

Help me to decide, friends. Which shall it be?

Poll #2052233 Phone case

Which shall it be?

The Great Wave
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Weekend photos + Seven Days of Selfies (5/7) [20160817|10:02]
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[the weather today is |relaxed]
[with a hint of |booping multimeters.]

Picspam! Me. Children. Ice cream. Good.

I got a new shirt: “I care about this Alot”. Hyperbole & a Half fandom.

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Pokémon Go: Week 4 [20160816|16:01]
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[with a hint of |:wumpscut: - thorns]

As usual, please skip if uninterested in Pokémon Go. Otherwise, squee welcome in the comments. What level are you? How many in your Pokédex? Have you caught/evolved/hatched anything you're particularly excited about? TELL MEEEE

  • The last time I posted, I was Level 17. Now I’m almost halfway through Level 20.
  • After two failed attempts, I finally caught a Koffing. In an Ultra Ball.
  • After a long run of getting no 10 km eggs, I ran down my egg supply last week and now have two to hatch. Terribly excited.
  • I hatched a Doduo! Hilarious two-headed bobbly bird-thing!
  • I caught a Kabuto, the first and only time I’ve seen one. \o/
  • I’ve made a spreadsheet so I can do my evolves in an organised fashion when I pop one of my two new Lucky Eggs.
  • I have, however, allowed myself the pleasure of one new evolution in the interim. I collected up almost 500 Magikarp candies, maxed out powering up a Magikarp and then Humuhumu evolved it for me.
  • Y’all were right: it was totally worth the slog of catching over 100 Magikarp for that. GYARADOS
  • I maxed out another medal in addition to the Swimmer: the Schoolkid, for catching 200+ Normal Pokémon.
  • The medals are a good way of telling how common certain types of Pokémon are in the areas you frequent. I’m most of the way to maxing out Bird Keeper and Punk Girl, whereas I’ve yet to reach 10 on Kindler, Rocker or Fairy Tale Girl.
  • Still getting out for daily Pokéwalks. Have hatched 50 eggs. Even when working on two simultaneously, with a minimum distance of 2 km - and most of them have been 5 km - that’s quite a lot of walking.

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21 questions about Dreamwidth/journalling (h/t to silveradept) [20160815|10:58]
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  1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth? I signed up during the Great Migration from LJ to DW. It was billed to me as an improved version in terms of functionality, friendliness and activity, and that has 100% proven to be the case. Being able to import my entire backlog of (then-eight-years' worth) entries and carry on mirroring everything through cross-posting has been a godsend.

  2. Why did you choose your journal name? I've been using nanila as an alias for about ten years, I think? Before that (1996-ish to about 2005) I used lilith.

    My journal title comes from Good Omens. It's the description of Crowley, An Angel Who Did Not So Much Fall As Saunter Vaguely Downward.

  3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not? Yes, I still cross-post to LJ. There are a precious few people on LJ who have never left, and I don't want to lose touch with them.

  4. What do you do online when you're not on DW? Work. Shopping. Twitter. Gaming.

  5. How about when you're not on the computer? Mostly, parenting! Of both small humans and furry creatures. Also, I like running, gardening, drinking wine/whisky and tinkering with gizmos.

  6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you? I suspect those who read my journal regularly and have access to non-public postings probably know as much as they would like about me. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that!

  7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth? I love [community profile] awesomeers and [community profile] common_nature.

  8. What community do you wish was more active? I miss when [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth, [community profile] flaneurs and [community profile] multibeautiful were more active.

  9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet? There'd be quite a bit of overlap in a Venn diagram of my Circle's Circles. But I think two who haven't met who would get along well are [personal profile] forthwritten and [personal profile] quoththeravyn.

  10. Tell me about your default icon. This has been my default icon for twelve years. It was created for me by belasco from a test shot I took with my laptop camera, back when I had dreads.

  11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently? Scheduled posting.

  12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "magnetometers", "harbouring secret ambitions", "digitizing memories" and "overcoming irrational superstition".

  13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there? Several. Most are related to my work.

  14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW? I'm not a terribly fannish person, and I didn't get into journalling because of fandom. But I guess the first fandom I was interested in was Lord of the Rings.

  15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination? Pokémon Go and Neko Atsume. I adore collecting games, and these satisfy me aesthetically as well.

  16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about? I did a terrible job of blogging our trip to Iceland in 2010. I have a lot of regrets about that. I did finally go through the photos and make a book for my parents & the bloke, but I never wrote it up properly. Spoiler: It was absolutely amazing

  17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL? I thought it was about half, but then I counted up and it turns out to be less than a quarter!

  18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy? Romantic relationships (too personal). Specifics about my work (not permitted).

  19. Any questions from the audience? Er?

  20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi? I...don't have any? Sorry!

  21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth? The positive nature of the interactions in the community. Everyone seems to make a genuine effort to be accepting of, kind to, and understanding of one another. I enjoy that very much.

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More joys of parenting [20160812|17:13]
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You know that feeling when you're bobbling around in the kitchen preparing breakfast, still bleary with sleep, and the child you've set down on the floor goes quiet and you forget that quiet == ominous?

So you're pouring the hot water into the cafetiere, and you remember to look down, and you see your toddler is playing with the cat food. And you panic momentarily until you realise he's picking up all the scattered kibble and put it back in the bowl for the cat, which is rather sweet, although you make a mental note to wash his hands before you put him in his high chair for breakfast.

The cat comes in and weaves in and out of your legs, purring and mewling for his gooshy food. You tell him he'll have to wait because you're making the preschooler's porridge. The cat goes to his kibble bowl and stops trying to trip you, so you forget about him and the toddler again.

You come back in from putting coffee cups and vitamins on the dining table and you see the toddler having an animated and one-sided conversation with the cat, who is taking bits of kibble from the toddler's fingers. You stop to smile at this scene, until you see that the toddler is alternately feeding one bit of kibble to the cat and the next to...himself.

You gently pick up the toddler, say, "No, Keiki, the kibble is for the cat. It is not a good pre-breakfast snack. Let's wash your hands and wipe your mouth, shall we?"

It's a very special feeling, the one where the façade of calm is masking the internal screams of horror, isn't it?

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Nature picspam [20160812|16:31]
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[the weather today is |ill]
[with a hint of |the room 3]

Normally I only post these photos to [community profile] common_nature, but I want to have a record of them here on my own journal. Hence, here is a series of wildlife photos I've taken through this spring and summer, mostly with my 100 mm macro lens.

22-spot ladybird
22-spot ladybird.

Small tortoiseshell butterfly
Small tortoiseshell butterfly.

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Welcome to the gun show (Seven Days of Selfies 4/7) [20160810|13:43]
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[the weather today is |YESSS GAMES]
[with a hint of |pacific rim - main theme]

This ESA Rosetta mission shirt is only sold at the ESRIN site in Frascati, Italy. I call it the "Welcome to the gun show" shirt because I suspect its very form-fitting cut and perfunctory sleeves were designed for a svelte Italian man with large biceps to swan around on his scooter in his aviators. I'm better at eating gelato than hitting the gym regularly, so I'm afraid my guns aren't quite up to the task.

Anyway, I've been a bit busy lately what with updating several hundred requirements in our database (complete!) and submitting a grant application on behalf of the artist I'm hoping will be able to join me in January to document the final months of the Cassini mission (also complete!). Additionally, I acquired a new phone. I don't know what it is about new gizmos. Somehow even though it's running the same OS and is the same brand, just a bit bigger and faster, it has turned my fingers into hams and it's taken me the better part of two days to not be afraid to touch the damn thing. This was not helped by me forgetting which Google account I'd used to create my Pokémon Go account, logging in with the wrong one, and immediately being devastated to find I was back at Level 1. Eventually I figured out what had gone wrong, but not before a lot of lip-wobbling and wibbling unhappily at the bloke. I caught a Clefairy at Birmingham New Street station this morning, so I'm almost reconciled to the brief period of unnecessary mourning.

I decided not to port my Neko Atsume game data over from my old phone either, so I'm starting again from the beginning. AND I now have space to install The Room 3. WIN.

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