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Gallimaufry / Re: picture association
« Last post by Ocicat on November 27, 2020, 07:16:31 PM »
That's a weird formatting issue. Wordpress has a convenient symbol for most of those fractions but not 1/8 and 1/3. The amounts have been corrected.

ETA: The cookies are delicious and not quite as fluffy as a muffin and not quite as chewy or crisp as a chocolate chip style sugar cookie. 100% worth your time.
Gallimaufry / Re: picture association
« Last post by Fenrix on November 27, 2020, 04:55:40 AM »
Episode Comments / PC654: 8-Bit Free Will
« Last post by Ocicat on November 26, 2020, 06:45:50 PM »
PodCastle 654: 8-Bit Free Will

Author: John Wiswell 
Narrator: Wilson Fowlie
Hosts: Matt Dovey and Wilson Fowlie
Audio Producer: Peter Behravesh

PodCastle 654: 8-Bit Free Will is a PodCastle original.


Show Notes
Rated PG.

They exist, then don’t exist, then exist again. They are monsters where the game’s probability fields call for them, attached to every tile of the dungeon. They are invisible to the player, whether they are there or not, until combat. If they’re lucky, they’ll get the chance to die.

The player always gets to exist, has always existed, and may as well always exist. The Hollow Knight and HealBlob don’t exist again until the player starts struggling with the other enemies. Then the Hollow Knight and HealBlob are re-spawned, to die in battle and smooth out the difficulty curve. They don’t exist long enough to know they’re in love before the player strikes.

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PodCastle 653: Why Aren’t Millennials Continuing Traditional Worship of the Elder Dark?

Author: Matt Dovey
Narrator: Heath Miller
Host: Peter Behravesh
Audio Producer: Peter Behravesh

Originally published by Diabolical Plots.


Content Warning:
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Show Notes
Rated R.

In a generational shift that some claim threatens the fabric of existence and the sanity of all humanity, surveys show that worship of the Elder Dark is at a record low for one particular group—millennials.

Bob Rawlins is worried. “When I was growing up in the 1950s, I made my obeisance before the Manifold Insanity every night, uttering the invocations to satiate the Watchers Just Beyond and keep them at bay for one day longer. But young people now aren’t prepared to make the necessary sacrifices.”

I remind him that human sacrifice was deemed unnecessary and illegal in 1985, and animal sacrifice in 2009.

“Well I don’t mean literally,” he says, though there’s a note of longing to his tone.

Bob is showing me round his inner sanctum, a converted basement given over to the worship and appeasement of the Unknowable Gods. He’s the Grand Dark Supplicant of his local chapter, and is continuing a long family tradition: men of his bloodline have been bound to the service of the Elder Dark since the days of the Pilgrims.

“Our ranks are already thin,” he says, resting a hand intimately on an idol of the Ten Thousand Staring Eyes. “I worry the world I’ll leave behind will be overrun by the gibbering horrors of the between spaces, ushering in a never-ending age of nightmares and insurmountable monstrosities. It breaks my heart to think of the Eight Palms golf course getting swallowed by a roiling pit of blackness. Hole five’s a real beauty.”

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There are problems with the recipe:  the amounts for cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and butter appear as question marks instead of numbers on my screen.  Anyone else having this problem? 
Gallimaufry / Re: picture association
« Last post by Languorous Lass on November 25, 2020, 09:47:14 PM »
That's the one! Thanks a bunch!
Episode Comments / PseudoPod 732: Devil Gonna Catch You in the Corners
« Last post by Bdoomed on November 25, 2020, 06:33:45 AM »
PseudoPod 732: Devil Gonna Catch You in the Corners

Author: Christopher Slatsky
Narrator: Christiana Ellis
Host: Alasdair Stuart
Audio Producer: Chelsea Davis

“Devil Gonna Catch You in the Corners” first appeared in Strange Aeons Magazine #20 (2016)

Show Notes
Reviews at the end by co-Editor Alex Hofelich, read by Associate Editor Scott Campbell.
The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature is a collection by Christopher Slatsky.
Wonder and Glory Forever is an anthology edited by Nick Mamatas.

THURSDAY, 8th March, 1849.—

It has been a trying journey over narrow deer-paths and rutted trails. Heavy branches of ancient oaks cast the way in shadow, yet I continue to write my thoughts in my diary—what Father mockingly refers to as “belles-lettres”. When I was a child, I kept a daily record during the two-month emigration from New-England to the Willamette Valley where Father had been hired by the Hudson’s Bay Company; as an adult, a mere two-days’ travel will not dissuade me from continuing to write. These valleys, these streams that break the monotony of impenetrable alder and oak forests make the wagon’s passage that much more difficult.

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Gallimaufry / Re: picture association
« Last post by Fenrix on November 25, 2020, 03:19:05 AM »