-"Something is *up* with the lizards"

-"They just woke up from extinction..."

-"You're in pretty good shape for a cat against two velociraptors!"

Whelp, @cwebber and I just found a stash of old RPG index cards. Who's up for some out of context RPG Quotes?


I may have to change my craft-powered superhero/villain name to Prunkrocken (Splendor distaff)


For the record, my name (in either case) would be Quasillaria

Me: "I wish I could make bone replicas of distaffs for dissertation research but am resigned to making ceramic replicas because that's what I know how to do"

@cwebber : "I just think that you can do anything craft related. You're a crafty superhero ... or supervillain"

Conversation at breakfast
@cwebber : "Maybe I'll do docs today ... but the parts of the project that I've got done aren't a good place for a beginner to start reading docs and it might change ... so maybe I should wait to do docs"

Me: "My understanding of docs is that it's always best to write them as you write the code, that's what my programming tutor told me"

@cwebber: "... I did say that"

This photo *was* staged with the help of a hair tie to get the Tappa Tappa motion, she's obviously a good predator

Image description: Photo of the above comic next to the cat depicted in the comic as she paws at a hair tie

Third installment of @dustyweb
and Missycat's incentive series, featuring Terminal Phase!

Image Description: comic format
-Panel one: space shooter scene with ship blowing up one enemy
-Panel two: Happy cat typing excitedly on a keyboard with text "Yeah! I got it! I'm a good predator.
-Panel three: space shooter scene full of enemies
-Panel four: Anxious cat with wide eyes, ears back, and head drawn into her neck


This photo was not staged to have her mouth open, but if you hold an index card in front of a cat ...

Image Description: Photo of the above comic with the cat depicted in the comic's mouth open about to bite it

Second installment of @cwebber & Missycat's collaborative incentive series.

(When Missy yawns, she keeps her eyes wide open and maintains eye contact)

Image Description: comic format
-Panel 1: Miasma of anixiety to the left with an anxious cat to right with text "Ohno! A Morgan Anxiety cloud :( but maybe I can help!"
-Panel 2: Cat with mouth and eyes wide with text "HWAUGGH!"
-Panel 3: a proud cat with text "Yeah! I did it!"
-Panel 4: scared cat with arched back and text "AAH!"


(Opposable thumbs are all that stands between Missy and her ability to open the food container ... they are also helpful for typing the dissertation)

We'll all have to wait until I make more progress to see the next one ;)

Image Description: Photo of the above comic next to the cat depicted in the comic

I've been struggling with motivation to write my dissertation. @cwebber & Missy collaborated on some incentives.

Image Description: comic format
-Panel 1: a cat running behind a wall with text "AAh! A Deadline!"
-Panel 2: a cat head peaking out from behind a wall with text "Deadlines are SCARY"
-Panel 3: a hopeful cat head with text "But Morgan can do it!"
-Panel 4: a contented cat head with text "Morgan has the thumbs!!"

Laura: "People make the mistake that they have to ration joy, that joy is finite. But joy just spreads more joy, so gobble it up, eat it like it's the good stuff"

Me: "That's a very profound philosophy"

Laura: "Thanks. I feel like having cancer, I'm under a lot of pressure to be philosophical ... But I have another philosophy which is that cancer sucks. Fuck cancer.

Laura Callahan-Hazard 3/19/1981 - 12/23/2019

Image Description: Three ladies in Renaissance garb posing for the camera

Overheard at the coffee shop:

"Is the first year of my PhD program meant to break my spirit? I mean, if I had read the whole assignment I wouldn't have time to sleep"

I wanted to give her some words of encouragement but at ABD I can't even say it'll get better. At first I thought it'd be better after coursework ... Then after exams. Now I'm dissertating without funding ... Maybe ask me in a year when I'm on the market?

I wrote a short story about love and loss and networks: Rogue Processes dustycloud.org/misc/rogue-proc

(CW: story is not about suicide, but it is mentioned)

I was feeling listless tonight so I sat down and read this book that's been in my tbr pile for weeks. It has all of my favorite things: historical costuming, lonely misfits teaming up, challenging gender & social norms, positive support structures! I loved it, highly recommend!

Image description: book cover for The Price & the Dressmaker by Jen Want depicting a young woman seamstress measuring a young prince against the silhouette of a mysterious lady

The other made creatures ... Guess which of us did each task

Image description: two lego creatures holding hands

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