Stuff I liked: June 2018

I almost have some exciting real life news, but I’m going to wait until next month to tell you all. I don’t want to jinx it.

I can tell you that my birthday fundraiser for the ACLU went really well! I raised $200 with an additional $10-30 in late donations. I need to hunt those down. That translates to A LOT of painted postcards. I wasn’t expecting that. He’s two that I’ve mailed out already:

Watercolor painting of Killmonger from Marvel's Black Panther movie. It says "IS THIS YOUR POSTCARD?"
Watercolor painting of a Siamese cat on a blue background.

Only, uh, 20 more to go.

ICYMI/Blog Stuff

Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod Review
The Ordinary Granactive 2% Retinoid Emulsion Review
Birthday Fundraiser for the ACLU! (The fundraiser is over, obviously, but there’s some more art here!)
What Subscription Box Should I Try Next?
June 2018 Ipsy Bag — LAST IPSY BAG!
Beyond Intensive Ampoule Hyaluronic Acid


Reveal I’ve been going through Reveal’s back catalogue. They’re a treasure. They have a really good series on immigration, if you’re not quite sure what’s going on.
ZigZag Radiotopia got new summer shows! This one has women explaining blockchain. I’m two episodes in and it seems like a great podcast.
Ear Hustle Episode 17 – The Row Ear Hustle is on their summer break, so now is a great time to get caught up with them. They interview inmates on death row in this one. An important listen.

I clearly don’t know what fiction podcasts are any more. If you listen to a good one, let me know about it in the comments.


Saga Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, and Fonografiks
Saga is so consistently good. If you’re looking for trans characters and discussions of abortion in your sci-fi/fantasy, this is the volume for you. And yes, I look for those things. I can only read about so many stoic middle aged men in spaceships, okay?

Video Games

That summer Steam sale got me. I bought something like 6 games, hated three of them, returned them, and bought two more. Steam has a nice return policy. “It wasn’t fun” is a valid return reason.

Right now I’m playing Fallout 4 and I love it. It got some bad reviews, so I had stayed away from it. I don’t trust anyone anymore. I’m having a great time with it.

What are you guys doing this summer?


5 thoughts on “Stuff I liked: June 2018

  1. I’ve been watching my roommate play Fallout 4. He loves it. It has enough story between all the fighting to be interesting to watch while he plays it. I’m still working my way through Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’ve tamed all the Divine Beasts and explored most of the map. Now I’m going around exploring all the rest of the areas and doing all the side quests. Turns out I’m allergic to plot. 😉

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    1. Ooh, I haven’t touched any Zelda since I was a kid. I should look into it again.

      Oh man, if you hate plot you should check out Skyrim. I played that for a solid year doing all of the side quests.

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  2. April, I love the postcards! They’re amazing. What were the other games you bought? That’s awesome you were able to return them just because they weren’t fun lol.

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    1. Thank you!

      I bought Fallout 4, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XIII, Outlast II, Grim Dawn, Fallout 1 & 2. Returned Outlast II, Grim Dawn, and the two Fallouts. Bought Fallout New Vegas with its expansions instead.

      Steam is v patient with me. I’ll be set until their next big summer sale.

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