flonnebonne
18 October 2017 @ 10:23 pm
AlphaGo lost 100-0 against the newest version of itself, AlphaGo Zero. The crazy thing is that Zero had no human input whatsoever--it just learned by playing itself. I am excited but also non-plussed. I can only imagine how pro go players are feeling. This machine leapt over a thousand years of human learning in a few days.

https://deepmind.com/blog/alphago-zero-learning-scratch/



 
 
 
 
 
Riona
This fic very much reflects the way I played this game; I completely forgot about everything else and spent hours trying to get all the love hotel scenes.

Kokichi, it turns out, is extremely fun to write.


Title: Close Your Eyes
Fandom: Danganronpa V3
Rating: light R
Pairings: Shuichi/everyone, but especially Shuichi/Kaito
Wordcount: 2,100
Summary: Shuichi develops an unfortunate addiction to the love hotel.
Warnings: Spoilers up to the end of chapter two of Danganronpa V3. Dubcon themes (it's probably not morally great to have sex with someone in a shared dream if they don't know it's a shared dream).


Close Your Eyes )
 
 
 
 
 
Riona
13 October 2017 @ 09:43 pm
I am obsessed with Danganronpa V3's Love Hotel scenes. These are optional scenes where you and another character have a shared dream in which you play a role in their private fantasy, and you apparently remember it afterwards, but they don't. This raises all sorts of interesting questions, some ethical, some great for fanfiction. How do you deal with having these intimate memories of someone that they don't share? Or, if the player is as determined to get all the Love Hotel scenes as I am, how do you deal with having intimate memories of everyone around you that they don't share?

Below the cut, I'm going to give brief thoughts on all the Love Hotel scenes, because I can. Be warned that some of these scenes are pretty fucked up and a couple of them involve sexual threat. (The fucked-up scenes are my favourites, inevitably.) There are spoilers for the first chapter of Danganronpa V3.

It's pretty clear from these scenes that the protagonist is bisexual, which is pretty neat! A bisexual videogame protagonist isn't something you see every day.


Thoughts on the Love Hotel scenes in Danganronpa V3. )


I have a pre-established tendency to 'ship Dangan Ronpa protagonists with every other character in their games. This mechanic does not help at all.
 
 
 
 
Riona
I've just finished Danganronpa V3.

WOW. This was an incredible, frequently distressing, frequently extremely stupid journey. 'Extremely stupid' is not a criticism. I'm so happy.

This entry alludes a couple of times to Love Hotel scenes. I am going to make a fuller entry about Love Hotel scenes when I've seen all of them, because I can't stop thinking about them. More games should let you take any character in the cast to a love hotel.


Spoilers for the entirety of Danganronpa V3. )


The second game is still my favourite in the series, I think, but this is a worthy addition to my collection of videogames about teenagers being horribly traumatised.
 
 
 
 
KJ
11 October 2017 @ 11:27 pm
Although I was born in the Midwest, spent much of my childhood in Iowa, and have lived in San Francisco for nearly 18 years now, I consider my hometown to be Santa Rosa, California, where my family moved when I was 13. It's where I went to junior high and high school, the city where my parents still live, and the place both my brothers went back to when it was time to go home.

And I've spent the last three days watching it burn.

This got a little long. )
 
 
Feeling:: worried
 
 
 
KJ
10 October 2017 @ 10:40 pm
So, I've fallen behind on reading. I can pinpoint two reasons for this: it's taking me a good a month to read The Stone Sky (not that it isn't very good, but I'm finding it slow going), and I find I want to spend my media time watching TV or listening to podcasts instead. There's no particular reason for this, that I can discern; it's just where my head as been at lately.

Anyway, my goals are posted here, and my last check-in, from July, is here. I have currently read 26 books, still quite a bit behind the pace to hit a goal of 50. Of these, 8 books are by authors of color, or about 30%; not great, but by author I'm at 8 out of 18, a slightly more respectable 44%. And since I've read most of the books in series I plan to read this year, I hope for that percentage to go up. Still no non-fiction (although Trevor Noah's memoir is on deck next -- I need to read it in time to give back to my aunt on Thanksgiving) or graphic novels, and I continue to fail at getting older books off my TBR. Why do great new books need to keep coming out? Why? I will never read everything ever written at this pace.
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author_by_night
10 October 2017 @ 02:14 pm

Link to PS/SS Rewatch here.

Full disclosure, I actually saw Chamber of Secrets last weekend, but forgot to post my review. Spoilers across the board (i.e. all seven books).*Insert Hedwig's Theme here* )
 
 
Riona
10 October 2017 @ 07:28 pm
Just finished the fifth chapter of Danganronpa V3!


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter Five of Danganronpa V3. )


One chapter left! Where is this going to go? I'm very nervous.
 
 
 
 
KJ
08 October 2017 @ 10:50 pm
Dear Yuletide author,

Thanks for writing me my very first Yuletide story ever! I'm excited to participate for the first time. While I'm sure anything you write will be great, and I included suggested prompts on my sign-up I wanted to share some of my general likes and dislikes.

In general:

My favorite fanworks are almost always grounded in canon somehow -- missing scenes, what happened before or after the story we saw, delving into someone's thoughts motivations. What-if AUs are great, too, but I prefer seeing canon as the clear jumping off point. I'm less interested in crossovers, fusions, or stories that take the characters and put them in an unfamiliar setting. I am never here for character or ship bashing, and I am particularly protective of the female characters that I love.

I love gen fic, friendship fic, family of choice fic, and romance. I tend to be more interested in het or F/F slash than in M/M slash. I tend to prefer vanilla to kinky (with the exception of threesomes), lots of feelings to porn without plot, and reality-grounded stories to crack. I dislike stories with consent issues: rape, incest, large age differences (especially if one character is a minor and the other is not), sexual situations with prepubescent children, and extreme power differentials. My favorite trope of all time is separation and reunion, and this applies to family and friends as well as lovers.

I hope this is enough to get you started! Thanks again for writing, and have fun! I'm sure as long as you love what you're doing, I'll love it, too.
 
 
KJ
For more about the Something on Sunday project, see [twitter.com profile] readingtheend's post explaining her vision.

First of all, the main thing for this week is that T is home after almost two weeks away. I think I've taken a couple of nine-day trips without him since we've been together, but it's not common, and it's rare for him to travel without me at all, much less for this long. So that makes me happy: both having him around again, and not having to hold down the fort by myself.

Secondly, this week's episode of Critical Role, which I was able to watch live, was huge, and amazing, and heart-breaking, and stand-up-and-cheer awesome. Vox Machina took on their final boss, and I almost could not have hoped for more. Cut for major spoilers. )
 
 
Listening to:: "Bungle in the Jungle" - Jethro Tull
Feeling:: good
 
 
Riona
08 October 2017 @ 06:56 pm
Just finished the fourth chapter of Danganronpa V3.


Spoilers up to the end of Chapter Four of Danganronpa V3. )


why do I play these games