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My magic shiny balls are better than yours - Tactical Ninja

Aug. 29th, 2014

10:28 am - My magic shiny balls are better than yours

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This is Fuckolt. He is a blue-spotted jaguar with a bellybutton who is another in a great tradition of naming my cuddly toys* after mispronounced philosophers. He was given to me by sympathetic friends when Dr Wheel made his first overseas pilgrimage (that was 18 months in Hong Kong), and it's become a Thing I Do when he's away to share my bed with Fuckolt.



Lately, Fuckolt has been joining me for my morning stretches. Every day I start the day with a bunch of core engagement exercises (which really help my back), followed by stretches and lying up against the wall in straddle while I do a bunch of geography flash cards**. As you can see, Fuckolt is more flexible than me. I have to do about an hour of warming up and stretching before I can split. Bendy little bastard.




They are UV glitter acrylic contact juggling balls. I am not that flash at contact juggling, but they are not intended for juggling. Instead they will be part of a lighting effect for my latest costume. Y'see, Saarebas use a particularly nasty spell that starts as balls of light in their hands, thus:



These balls correspond to a larger single one that grows beside you, filled with arcs like yesterday's tesla coil, until it explodes and kills anyone near it. Awesome.

Here's the costume so far:



There's really only the final coat on the cuffs to go, but I wanted to make it so it looks cool in photos and I can do something fancy on stage at Armageddon. So grist invented a switch that turns on when I flick my wrists all magicky like, and I'm making a bank of UV LEDs for each hand that will fit inside a pair of fingerless gloves. One of these in each hand refracted through the UV-reactive glitter balls, and it should produce a fair approximation of the Saarebas hand-electricity thing.

Wow, that was a long-winded explanation of why I have two shiny balls... that are not quite the same, damnit. I guess that's what you get for buying them 2 years apart.


Meanwhile, as a gamer of over 30 years I have absolutely no doubt of the level of antipathy against women in much of the gaming community. Used to be it was mostly by erasure (back in the 80s), but I have to say that back then it was nowhere near as bad as it is now. I blame the anonymity of the internet allowing the lowest common denominator to have equal voice with those who actually have something useful to say. I'm aware of the power of vocal minorities (how else could anyone claim that the PM won last night's leaders' debate, hmm?), and that the majority of men in gaming are probably not misogynistic arseholes.

The irony of course, is that when any woman dares to point out that gaming is still quite problematic for women, and that the industry itself tends to pander to a straight male audience, those very misogynistic arseholes turn out en masse to show these uppity women that misogyny doesn't exist in gaming - usually by making misogynistic slurs, rape threats and the like.

Anita Sarkeesian, often a target for her series of videos entitled Tropes vs Women in Video Games, has had to go into hiding after threats to her family from a particularly nasty stalker coinciding with the release of her latest video. I've watched all the videos in the series and while I don't agree with everything she says, she has a lot of valid points. And I am speaking with the authority of having been a woman gamer for longer than a lot of the trolls that threaten her have even been alive. But apparently, according to people who never experience sexism in video games, it doesn't exist and the way to make sure everyone knows this is to threaten any woman who dares say it does.

Proving you're not a pack of misogynistic arseholes - UR DOIN IT RONG.


* I have a substantial collection of cuddly toys. I didn't buy any of them for myself. Go figure.
** Transnistria is a place! It totally is. So is Sint Eustatius, despite some folks' efforts to deny it.

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From:sight
Date:August 28th, 2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Omg, the thing with Anita Sarkeesian freaks me out. I was looking at her twitter and some of the threats were downright awful. This fucking planet sometimes. Sigh.

Also, your Saarebas cosplay looks fantastic. Just like the game. Very awesome.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's like, can people not see themselves?

I am SO looking forward to wearing this costume - I tried it on the other day and I feel like a rockstar in it. ;-D
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From:sight
Date:August 28th, 2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I think they just don't care. They probably have some kind of low self-esteem and scaring the shit out of people makes them feel better. That or they're just sociopathic or something and are just scary fucks in general.

I look forward to pictures when you do wear it!! :D
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From:du_secondaire
Date:August 29th, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
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I saw some of it too. SMH. I really don't care much for Sarkeesian at all, but there's no excuse for threats or abuse just because you disagree with what someone is saying.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 08:45 am (UTC)
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I actually think there's a certain amount of fear behind a lot of it. Fear from the entitled of losing their privilege. Personally I don't think that inclusion is a zero sum game, but I do understand how fear can create anger.
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From:fbhjr
Date:August 28th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
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It may be more bendy, but I bet you can reach higher.

The costume looks very cool!

That's horrible about having to go into hiding from a stalker. I hope things get better for her and people stop being idiots. Hopefully #1 is more likely because I don't have a lot of hope for #2...
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From:tatjna
Date:August 28th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
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I think things are improving in the gaming arena, and the reason this minority of douchebags is so vocal is that they can see the writing on the wall for their entitled little insular world, and they're scared.

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From:clevortrevor
Date:August 29th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
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whoa, that costume is amazing. I'll be cosplaying tomorrow for the first time, so I'm a bit obsessed with it at the moment!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
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OMG OMG who as? Also, are you going to Dragon Con because if you are I'm not sure I'll be able to contain my envy. There's a Grey Warden meetup there that I Should.Be.In. *argh*
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From:clevortrevor
Date:August 29th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
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ok, prepare to be unimpressed. I'm going to be Shaun the Sheep from Wallace and Gromit. And I've been working on the costume off and on for ten years. And I live three miles from Dragon Con. And I work next door to Dragon Con. And every year, I say I'm gonna go NEXT year. But I recently reconnected with an old friend who, it turns out, is a big cosplayer. He was in a documentary about it, and his girlfriend was in a TV show called Heroes of Cosplay... Anyway, I ran into him a few weeks ago, and he convinced me. Tomorrow, it's ON. There will be pictures, of course!
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
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That is awesome! And since you have stumbled somehow into the land of the Perpetually Sheep-Obsessed, I love your choice (note icon). ;-) SOOO looking forward to pics!

I live in the city where our national wearable art competition is held, and I've never been even though it's a huge deal here. People keep telling me I should enter it but I looked at the entry form and I would have to make my art so that it fits a really tiny model, and I'm all like NOPE.
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From:clevortrevor
Date:August 29th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
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Oh yes! I know the wearable art competition! I worked in Auckland for a while, and actually had my wedding dress designed by a woman who does stuff for the wearable art competition. (She mostly designs for theatre and opera.)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 08:47 am (UTC)
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OMG you've worked here? Cool!

(i am always impressed when anyone not from here knows anything about NZ except for the hobbit thing)
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From:clevortrevor
Date:August 29th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I was in NZ 2003-2004. Loved it. Had some rather odd adventures in Wellington... like hailing the same cab two nights in a row, and having my shoes stolen from the Marae in Te Papa... good times!
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 13th, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
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Oooh, I know that Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world! (And that kiwi fruits are not from New Zealand originally which entertains me seeing as everyone calls you all Kiwis...I guess Chinese Gooseberries just wouldn't have the same ring.)
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From:du_secondaire
Date:August 29th, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
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Love, love, love the costume! XD

I'm thinking of doing Almalexia from Morrowind for Halloween, but as it's not much clothing, I'd have to be certain that it's about 90F on Halloween first. :P
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
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Ha, so true. There's a reason I'm making this costume for a con Up North in late spring, and had full armour for the one in my cold and windy town in midwinter. ;-)
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From:spiral_meter
Date:August 29th, 2014 02:18 am (UTC)
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my balls may not be shiny, but they are just as awesome.

good for you for doing exercises. I should try that someday.

I wanna see you in that costume.

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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 02:35 am (UTC)
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Yes, but do yours glow under UV light? Enquiring minds want to know!

My morning exercise routine:

20 crunches
20 leg raises
20 hip bumps
10 tricep pushups slow motion fully to the floor
(on swiss ball)
3 x 8 side raises
3 x 6 single leg supported cycles
3 x 10 handstand presses supported by ball
Y-stand toe raises 20 each side
toe raises normal 10 each side
lunges for hip flexor stretch (2 mins each side)
side straddle against wall 5 mins

Just in case you wanted to rock your way to rock hard abs or something. ;-)

There will be photos of costume as soon as it's finished and pombagira gets her camera back from Canada. ;-)
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From:spiral_meter
Date:August 29th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
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wow, you must be ripped. I really need to get back to the gym.

can't wait for a picture!

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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
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Nah, I just have good core strength somewhere under my winter insulation. And overblown triceps (which I admit will look good in that costume).
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From:didotwite
Date:August 29th, 2014 06:24 am (UTC)
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there's a shit ad for Gamefly here (mail order game subscription) that has about 20 dudes talking about the game selection and money you save. then one woman. what does she say? "it's so easy to take the game out of the envelope, and then to put it back in, it couldn't be any easier."

which made me rage aloud the other day. then today it came on and Don brought up the Sarkeesian threat, because it was on Slashdot today, and man, I love that guy. We raged together about the bullshit of gaming and how we try to support the non-bullshit. then we went back to watching the simpsons marathon.

Looked like BM got out of the mud? Hope the Wheel is having an osm time. And you are too. with Fuckolt who i keep reading as

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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 08:34 am (UTC)
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Wow. That is.. a bit special. I would rage too.
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From:meathiel
Date:August 29th, 2014 07:12 am (UTC)
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Cute cuddly toy ... I love cuddly toys ... nothing wrong with them, is there??? ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:August 29th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)

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I don't think so, but I'm often surprised how many people give them to me, because I didn't think I came across as a cuddly toy kind of girl, y'know?
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From:adam_0oo
Date:August 30th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Saarebas looks so great! You are my patron saint of having to explain who your costume is to people not at Cons.

I missed the initial fundraiser for Fem Freq, but started donating after the vileness of response to her latest video.
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From:tatjna
Date:August 31st, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
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This is because you are awesome.

Also, I don't think anyone should have to explain anything if they have horns. Should be a rule or something. They have horns, what more do you need to know?
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From:adam_0oo
Date:August 31st, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
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You are just some horny character.
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