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2nd-Sep-2011 09:44 am
We have a lot of flies in our house all of a sudden. Any folk-remedy suggestions for getting rid of them? (Houseflies, not fruit flies.)

* gwynraven is selling book grab bags for cheap! Help finance her move to Boston, and get books! (I have seen her shelves and they are awe-inspiring.)

* Poem of the day.

* I want a narwhal, a fox, a hedgehog, an octopus...

* aliettedb on the prevalence of US tropes in storytelling.

* Beautiful, and I imagine the wood warming on the wearer's skin.

* Dark Crystal RPG!

Quote of the day:

"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." ~C.S. Lewis
2nd-Sep-2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
I really really really love that C.S. Lewis quote.
2nd-Sep-2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
As do I.
2nd-Sep-2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm a little worried about the Dark Crystal RPG. Burning Wheel is a paragon of over-complexity, and MouseGuard is much streamed down, but still seems not super-easy to pick up for kids. (Perhaps on this one I am wrong, as the extremely specific play structure might mitigate things.)

Still, that it is getting a treatment at all is cool.
2nd-Sep-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I really like the Mouse Guard rules, but they are tricky to pick up and run well, while Burning Wheel may as well be my burning brain cells trying to figure out what the crap is supposed to happen next.
2nd-Sep-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
I have thought about pulling the Mouseguard resolution system out (as it is a rather nice and stripped down thing) and combining it with something like HeroQuest's self-defined abilities. (Especially since HQ 2nd edition's extended contests work similarly)

Somewhere in that middle zone is something I really want to play. :)
2nd-Sep-2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with HQ, but it sounds like a good idea. Scripted actions never really sat well with me - though they are kind of fun, they always broke flow, and Defend was the riskiest move of them all.
2nd-Sep-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
I love HQ except that the extended contests as written break down because the mechanics sort of freeze the player out of reacting within the contest. (You can describe stuff, but mechanically nothing happens unless you decide to throw in modifiers. Not really excluded, but not actually encouraged by the rules as written.)

MG has the Attack/Defend/Maneuver thing, which I like for adding some tactics, but the scripted seems too much. (And lets not even talk Burning Wheel's version.)

But somewhere, a blend that works for me is possible. I've been itching to start a game again, and been itching to fix/find a system to work with. I just don't have time.

(And I apologize to song for the tangent/derail. *grin*)

I'd happily have someone to bounce ideas off of if you're up to an email convo about it. Brainstorming with someone who isn't sick of me talking about it might be helpful. :)
2nd-Sep-2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
No apology necessary! I'm enjoying it, even if I have little to contribute.
2nd-Sep-2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting. I am in the thick of some game design stuff as well. I am reachable at e[dot]amundsen[at]gmail.
2nd-Sep-2011 05:34 pm (UTC)

(And thanks, Song.)
2nd-Sep-2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
We have a lot of flies in our house all of a sudden. Any folk-remedy suggestions for getting rid of them? (Houseflies, not fruit flies.)

Old-fashioned dollar-store curly-strip flypaper. Shine a night-light on them. Don't get too grossed out if the strips turn black with fly carcasses overnight. A dead housefly is a good housefly.
2nd-Sep-2011 02:33 pm (UTC)
This. It has been an odd summer... we usually get the housefly invasion every year in July no matter how thorough our housecleaning... we've just gotten used to it. This year all the flies waited until September. We hang curly-strip flypaper high above the reach of cats. Nothing folk-remedy or homeopathic ever worked for us as well as the flypaper, so we've bit the bullet and taken the commercial route.
3rd-Sep-2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
At Home Despot we found square fly strip tubes that work as well. Also, look around for hidden rotting vegetation, or other area that they might be breeding in, either inside or out side by the building.
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2nd-Sep-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
I love that quote.
2nd-Sep-2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Actually, that whole rant was blissful.

And an Adele Blanc-Sec name drop!?

2nd-Sep-2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
Excellent quote from CS Lewis--you said it, Jack!

And I love those nut-lockets! (My kids used to hollow out acorns and use them as whistles [apparently other people use the caps as whistles, which doesn't require hollowing out]--sometimes they'd decorate them with nail-polish designs)
2nd-Sep-2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Flies: hairspray to take down individuals. You can't swat them, it's pretty impossible, but a quick blast of hairspray will immobilize the little vermin.
2nd-Sep-2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
To get rid of flies, leave a pan of water with dishsoap out. It lessens the surface tension enough that they land and sink. Taught to me by my grandmother, and it works.
2nd-Sep-2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
I wish I could have thrown that C.S. Lewis quote at the teachers in high school who, although excellent otherwise, dismissed science fiction as "childish" and "not real literature." Thank you.
3rd-Sep-2011 03:41 am (UTC)
I have one of those foxes, living in a smoke free, pet free house, that I am not enamoured of. (the hedgehog you might fail to pry out of my cold, dead hands, however -- in general, squishables are AWESOME)

so if you'd be interested in like new second-hand, possibly we could work something out....
6th-Sep-2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
I am interested! What can I entice you with?
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