Monday, March 23rd, 2020

thanks anon!

azure: your reason to smile?

more often than not it’s following the adventures of the four adorable goofballs from shipwrecked comedy. yesterday for a perk on her individual patreon mk and sean did a livestreamed reading of the play last train to nibroc. it was beautiful and sweet and moving, and at the end i mentioned in the chat that it was my birthday and what a wonderful present they’d given me.

they said some very nice things in response that made me smile. a lot.

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Hey, I’m 18 and I’ve been following you for a while, and I just thought I’d let you know that I think you’re really cool and I’d like to be as fun and chill as you when I’m 58. You’re like my cool uncle/aunt (I don’t actually know your gender haha so whichever works). Just thought I’d let you know! I love seeing the pictures you take while bird watching, I wouldn’t have the patience for the hobby myself, but I find it super cool! Have a nice day! x

Friday, February 14th, 2020

That is super kind of you, anon. Thanks! I hope you have a nice day too.

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have you made the post about the ceiling?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

I have no idea what this is referring to, so I guess the answer would have to be no. At least I haven’t done so on purpose.

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Hello, hello! Should I add more clues of my location as the days draw closer? I think it would be fitting. Here’s another hint: I got to watch the end of Poe Party a bit earlier than it was released. As a result, I also met Shipwrecked and talked to them. They were just as lovely in-person as they are on-screen. How is the bird counting progressing and what is your favourite bird in the region you’ve seen? – Your Poe Party Secret Santa

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Ooh; I’m guessing that means you may have been at the Buffer Festival screening in Toronto. Lucky you!

The preparation for the Christmas bird count continues; this morning I was able to go into the part of the salt marsh that normally is closed to the public. We had 49 species, which is pretty good for me. My favorite bird during this morning’s outing was probably the first-winter Bonaparte’s Gull that flew through my spotting scope’s field of view while I was trying to look at a different bird. Here’s a photo of a first-winter Bonaparte’s Gull courtesy of Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren on Flickr:

My favorite bird overall in this region would be hard to pick; there are so many of them that I really love. I’ve sometimes said White-tailed Kite in the past, and it’s definitely at or near the top of the list. I’ll keep thinking about it.

Thanks for checking in, Santa! Hope you’re doing well!

(full count from this morning’s bird outing after a cut)

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 8, 2016 7:34 AM – 10:33 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Tide 3.5’ and falling
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  2
Mallard  2
Bufflehead  13
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Eared Grebe  1
Western Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  16
Brown Pelican  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  74
Snowy Plover  8
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  2
Whimbrel  7
Long-billed Curlew  16
Marbled Godwit  7
Sanderling  40
Western Sandpiper  8
peep sp.  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  12
Bonaparte’s Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Allen’s Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1     Female, perched on mudbank
Black Phoebe  2
Say’s Phoebe  1
American Crow  3
Bushtit  6
Marsh Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
American Pipit  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
White-crowned Sparrow  12
Savannah Sparrow  13
Song Sparrow  4
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
California Towhee  2
Western Meadowlark  2
House Finch  24

View this checklist online at

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

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Hello, it’s your secret santa! Do you have any plans for the holiday? I’m going to New York for a family friend’s wedding, so I’m hoping to watch a Broadway show before I leave.

Monday, November 28th, 2016

I think my holiday is going to be mostly of the stay-at-home variety this year. I’m looking forward to it, though.

I hope you get to see a show on Broadway during your New York trip! That sounds very exciting. I recently saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch in L.A., and it was wonderful!

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Hi there! It’s your Poe party secret santa! Sorry I havent sent anything these past few days, I’ve been swamped with school. Anyways, I watched the video you included in one of the previous asks and enjoyed hearing your thoughts about the book. The location of the videos was quite lovely as well. As for your gift, is there anything a certain type of gift you want? If so, please let me know!

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

I’m quite flexible as to what sort of creation you create; I’m sure I’ll be excited with anything. I assume you got my prompt, which was “Edgar’s truest friend”; how you interpret that is also completely up to you. I made it somewhat vague, I realize, but I hope that gives you room to do something that you find enjoyable.

Thank you for your nice comments about the video. It is lovely here; I just got back from a long walk during which I leveled up in Pokemon in the midst of ridiculously pretty scenery.

I hope your holiday season (if this is a holiday season for you) is going well. Talk to you later!

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I absolutely adored the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Although, I prefer Emma Approved as Emma is my favourite Austen novel. Have you ever read the LBD books? It was really good bonus content and The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet made me cry.

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

I also loved the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! I didn’t read the novelization, but I did read, and loved, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet. (And then listened to, and loved, MK’s audiobook recording of it.)

It may also have made me cry.

I made some inept vlog-style commentary about The Epic Adventures here:

Warning: Includes extensive closeups of my face. The surrounding scenery is nice, though.

Thanks for asking, Anon!

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Hello, hello! It is I, your Poe Party Secret Santa! How was your day? It has finally started to snow where I live. I’m not much of a winter person, but I can appreciate the winter aesthetic if I’m indoors and warm. I would like to know more about you! What are some things or fandoms you enjoy? Also how did you get into watching Poe Party?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

This blog is probably the most up-to-date source on things I’m into. But since no one has time to scroll through the whole thing, I’ll do my best to summarize.

I enjoy nature, and learning about new things. I enjoy period drama and science fiction. I enjoy long walks that (lately) involve playing Pokemon Go. I enjoy sailing, including (sometimes) competitive sailing, though that’s something I do less these days than previously. I like working with others to make the communities we share the kinds of places people want to spend time in.

I got into watching Poe Party through @clavisa. I’d come to know her through the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a webseries we were both fans of. One evening (specifically, the evening of October 24, 2013, it turns out), she posted the following:

You guys, there are only nine (9) posts in the entire A Tell Tale Vlog tag, and three of them are by me.

I need people to fangirl with. 

Please watch it here (the eps are less than 2 minutes each) and then come geek out with me over the literary references and juxtaposition of historical/formal and modern/vernacular speech and also genderific can you tell me what time period her dress belongs to?

So because clavisa very much knows What Is What, I checked it out. I’ve never regretted it.

Note for Tumblr historians/archaeologists: It looks like clavisa’s earliest post tagged A Tell Tale Vlog was made 20 minutes earlier that same evening. In that post she linked to this video:

…and wrote:

So I just discovered A Tell Tale Vlog because it was recommended in the same Hypable article that recommended AoJE and I’ve only watched one episode so far but I think it’s is going to be hilarious. (Please go check it out so I have people to meta with? thanks)

So. Here we are. Thank you for asking, Santa. Stay warm and cozy in your snowy environs!

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Hello, it’s so lovely to meet you! I’m your Poe Party Secret Santa. I look forward to talking to you! 😃

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Yay! I have a Secret Santa! 😀

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What did you decipher from the tweets regarding the epilogue?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

I deciphered that the people at Shipwrecked are very smart, organized, clever, tricksy people. Also that I love them.

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thanks for calling me a beautiful sparkleturtle, I appreciated it.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

You are very welcome. Thank you for being one.

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Do you think we’re getting a second season of Poe Party?Or at least something else in the same universe?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

I haven’t heard anything specifically saying that. What I have seen are a number of hints about “the next thing” Shipwrecked is working on. I think I’ve heard that:

  • It will be significantly different in some ways, while being broadly similar in tone and inspiration. So I’m guessing that means a mix of intelligent comedy/snerk + shippiness. Maybe literary-inspired and/or period, but also maybe not? It’s all very much a mystery, including that it may or not be very much a mystery. :-)
  • Sinéad and Sean have started writing it.
  • They’d like to not have to crowdfund it. The hope is PoeParty will be seen as successful enough by people with big piles of money that those people will be able to be persuaded (which I wanted to write as “Persauded”, which I guess works too) to put some of that money into funding the next thing. As opposed to their saying, in effect, “Yeah, that looks neat. We don’t want to pay for that, but we’d be interested in hiring you to work on this different thing we have over here.” Which is what I understand Shipwrecked went through for a long time in trying to get Poe Party made, before they decided to do it themselves.

I may be misinformed and wrong about this. Or I may be more or less right, but things could still change going forward based on unforeseen events.

I’m trying to take each day, each chapter, as it comes. I feel lucky that this little thing I loved grew up to become this bigger thing I love even more. The only reason that happened is that some wonderfully talented people took risks and dedicated a big chunk of their lives to making it happen, and for myself I’m just trying to appreciate how special that is.

Whether or not that magic happens again, I’m just going to have to wait and see.

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It’s driving me up the wall trying to guess what Mary Shelley wanted to say

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

omg, I know, right?

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Why the secrets?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Nothing’s secret. Everything’s out there. It’s not just sharing I believe in; it’s oversharing.

What do you want to know?

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I think the take of how you were cast for Mad Max is one us newcomers would LOVE to hear

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

I’ve been trying to figure out who this anon has me confused with, but I give up. N.B.: I was not, to my knowledge, cast for Mad Max. (Even though I could totally be one of the Wretched under all that makeup.)

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Do celebrities count towards “oldest person on Tumblr”?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

My personal standard is that they have to actually be doing stuff on Tumblr to count, but if they are, sure! For example, Jennifer Ehle (my Lizzy 5eva) has/had a Tumblr, but it was basically inactive by the time I found it, so I eventually eliminated her from contention for the prize. And anyway, she’s 7 years younger than I am. But back when I was actively going on about the “oldest person on Tumblr” thing I was desperate to find anyone remotely my age.

These days I know that a full 15% of Tumblr users are older than 60, including quasi-celebrity dduane, whom I follow and whose tumblr I heartily recommend.

The oldest active user on Tumblr that I’ve come across so far is fvfarm, a lovely (great?) grandmother who blogs from the elder-care facility where she lives in Australia. A while back she celebrated her 90th birthday. My birthday is coming up this weekend, though I’m just a baby compared to her.

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He John, about your post on Mitch Des and the dinner. I was in my favorite bar in Capetown for dinner this evening (The Hildebrand, in the harbor-area), guess who came in. Michel and Sam Davies with her husband and son. They only had an aperitif… no diner… Just a funny fact. Klaas Wiersma (dutch sailing photographer following the volvo)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Hah! That’s awesome. So the invitation was followed through on, after a fashion. Thank you very much for passing on the story!

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Do you think you’re a dad figure on Tumblr? Do you do dadly advice?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Heh. My dadly advice is not in high demand, even (especially?) among my actual kids.

But I am a dad, and I’m not shy about dishing out advice, on Tumblr or elsewhere. Why? Were you looking for some dadly advice?

Eat your vegetables first. Starting with dessert has a way of catching up with you, maybe sooner than you think.

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FIRST OFF: I don’t want to age you. 50 is not old, sir. SECONDLY, I wanted to tell you how interesting and exciting your posts about sailing and boating are. My dad was a sailor for a long time, and he always tells stories of the ‘high seas’ and it’s really great to see him enjoy talking, and I really enjoy hearing about his travels. Your posts remind me of how cool it is, and my dad and I read your posts together. It’s really special. Thanks! ~Rosie, 16 yrs.

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Thank you very much. That’s very kind of you to say.

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Would you ever do an art history meme collection? I think your choices would be interesting to see!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

I’m not very knowledgeable about art history, and not sure I understand what an art history meme collection even would be. But aside from those missing qualifications, you bet! Sounds like fun! :-)

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