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I bought a pitaya cutting from a seller on eBay after watching a few youtube videos and realising that my indoor climate was roughly the conditions the dragon fruit plant likes. It arrived pretty quickly, a 15-20cm segment of the succulant plant, with "↑ UP" written in marker pen so I'd know which end to put in the ground. I prepared it by cutting off the tip, letting it dry over, then dipping in some rooting powder and potting up by my window.
The cutting itself was about £20 but I spent more than that on the pot and 30L of soil. Hopefully it does something (fruit in a couple of years would be splendid, but I'd settle for it just growing), or as I said on twitter, I'm going to feel pretty foolish.Mr Blobby
The long and short of this is that Twitter is weird, and my brain latched onto a cursed Mr Blobby concept that I sort of helped create in August during a late night drifting-off-to-sleep tweet?
Anyway, it did the rounds a few times and then one night I ended up having a Mr Blobby Doctor Who crossover nightmare, as you do. I turned that into a short story thanks to a bit of encouragement from that area of the Internet. Here it is! You absolutely should not read it (seriously; it's kinda of ended up as literally the stuff of my nightmares on page, and I wonder what it says about me in all honesty).
I'm a little surprised that even though Guy Kelly, who has over 15k followers, retweeted it, it's only had 27 views as of today, which is definitely less total time spent reading it than I spent writing it. But obviously it's extremely niche, and I guess that's an interesting lesson about having a huge following on twitter, too.Adventure Time; Command & Conquer
I finished both Adventure Time, the TV animation, and Tiberian Dawn, the remastered edition of the Command & Conquer game. Adventure Time took me a good couple of seasons to get into, I seem to recall, but then I got really into it. It was my breakfast TV for about a year so I'm feeling the loss of it at the moment.
Tiberian Dawn was very good and felt like playing a vague memory; even though I'd never played that game before, Red Alert and Tiberian Sun, which I was obsessed with in my teens, both used similar elements.
I started Red Alert from the same Remastered pack on the last day of September and that packed a full on nostalgia punch. I've never actually finished both campaigns in Red Alert (I preferred the skirmishes as a kid) so I've got that to look forward to.19 Martian Years Old
I had my 19th Martian birthday this month. A little irritating that both my 3rd Jovian and 19th Martian were spent in lockdown this year. I did at least make myself a cake this time, a really nice chocolate-orange sponge cake. The icing was supposed to be rusty orange, but ended up murky pink, but I've bought myself some more food colouring gels so that hopefully won't happen again!SAGE and BCMX
Two online events this month: The Sonic Amateur Games Expo, where a few youtubers were streaming various Sonic fan games, which tend to have a lot of work put in to them, and BarCamp Manchester X, which was a series of online talks in Discord this year. squirmelia was there too! I didn't do a talk, but I watched some interesting ones, including one about dolls houses and another about web accessibility.
In an alternative universe, I would have been in Australia this month, perhaps watching the perseid meteor storm from the middle of a desert. In the real world, the only meteors I dealt with were the ones that dumped Tiberium into the Command & Conquer universe, as I bought the C&C Remastered pack to play Tiberian Dawn for the first time. (And yes, that was a terrible segue.) I also harvested a good amount of homegrown vegetables, inspired a cursed Mr Blobby meme, and drew a bunch of cat faces, which turned into a late attempt at naarmamo, the Art-Making Month.NaArMaMo
I'd bought a new pen tablet recently because my old Graphire 4 doesn't work on Macs any more, so I needed to upgrade for work. This meant I got to use the Graphire 4 with my personal laptop with less hassle, and I had it set up to play Command & Conquer with. At around the same time, Twitter's Curious Zelda (a cat account) posted an photo I felt the need to draw a sketch of.
Curious Zelda retweeted it, to my delight, and I decided to draw more cat face pictures as a result. Meanwhile, squirmelia had been organising NaArMaMo, so I decided to do a few different things to participate in that as well.
I think I improved a little over those six pictures, but I'm still most happy with the Curious Zelda pic, which I think conveys most emotion.
Other Naarmamo pieces:
Okay, so I'm up to date with my Dreamwidth entries for the first time since :checks: April 2018! All it took was a pandemic and total lockdown.
In July I attempted to fix a broken laptop using another broken laptop, and ended up with two broken laptops. I also found a recipe that I like for Millionnaire's Shortbread, tried tempeh for the first time, and had homegrown courgette for the first time too. I also watched through Sense8. On my third Jovian birthday, I spotted and photographed Comet NEOWISE from my back garden.Comet NEOWISE
It actually seems like I may have been a week off with my calculation of my third Jovian birthday, but Jupiter's days are also only 10 hours long so it's not like it perfectly lines up with an Earth day anyway. My next futher-out-than-Earth birthday is my 19th Martian, on 22th September.
Anyway, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was visiting, so I decided to stay up and see if it would be visible in suburbia. The previous comet I'd seen, Comet 46P/Wirtanen, was just barely visible from the dark skies of Dartmoor, so I was quite surprised I could actually see Neowise after letting my eyes take some time to adjust. My camera also managed to capture its tail.
(My tweets on the comet.)
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My sauerkraut and apple sauce come in terribly similar jars. I know it's only a matter of time before the inevitable happens and I end up with sauerkraut in my porridge.
17. An oddly specific book about spiders18. Two cups of yogurt19. A staircase of cherry blossoms20. Llamaofdoom#botober(I have switched away from finger-drawing on my phone now!)A person reading a book titled …An ark; several pairs of animal…Two cherry trees, their branche…Skeletons rise from their grave…
If not I'm probably going to choose between Trudi Canavan's "The Magicians' Guild" and Diane Duane's "So You Want to Be a Wizard"
Just finished T Kingfisher's book "Minor Mage" and I'm trying not to just jump straight into her next book as I always very well could... so, has anyone read something good recently?
They are wonderful magical things but good grief, the instructions have to be followed to the letter otherwise the motor just jams up for no apparent reason several steps later, with no error detection.
Has anyone rage-quit a sewing machine? I may be the first
The other Botober offerings on Twitter are kinda putting my ones to shame. I might switch to my pen tablet so I can do accurate lines at least, though at least quick phone drawings are always well within my energy level.
Just had someone come to read my (smart!) gas meter, days after my area just went up a lockdown level to "no friends allowed to visit inside", and wondering how angry to be about this