@adorable-eggplant Well, Cyan, the company behind Myst, made Cosmic Osmo and The Manhole beforehand. They both had the same kind of explorative, graphics-focused gameplay, but the puzzles tended to be similar, and neither of the two early games had an actual story or goal or win condition. Cosmic Osmo was black and white. I spent hours playing both.
Really? It was that hard for people? The first Myst is so great, though the first two sequels have much greater elements of "way too inscrutable for intended audience" or "puzzles that require remembering fucking sounds from like ten areas away from location of puzzle Jesus fuck why".
@happymisanthrope Her father is very, very wealthy before their big loss - wealthy enough to own and pay to crew multiple ships. I don't know specifically what the attitudes of the contemporary French aristocracy were towards the merchant/middle class, but there has always been a certain amount of welcome amongst noble lines for an infusion of great wealth, and the French have always been very fond of their fancy things and of clever, creative people.
@swirrlygrrl He makes waaaaay more of a fuss if we shut him out than if we just let him sleep in his spot and ignore him. (We live together, so it's less weird, I guess - the cat is technically mine but Boyfriend adores him so it's all normal for us now.)
@Slutface At this point the cat just...doesn't give a shit. (We had some awkward moments initially, but now he just keeps snoozing at the end of the bed and ignores us completely.)
@Megasus Right? Snow White - always been a princess. Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose - always been a princess, even, I think, in precursors like Sun, Moon, and Thalia. Cinderella - not a princess by birth, but born into a family of means who could possibly be minor nobility. The Little Mermaid - since this is an original story penned by Hans Christian Andersen, we have a direct source - daughter of the king of the sea. Princess. Beauty - another story with a literary source. Daughter of a formerly wealthy merchant, not a princess and not nobility, but at height of wealth probably would have had a chance at marrying in. Jasmine - so, the Aladdin stories in 1001 Nights are basically nothing like the film, but her counterpart is still a princess. Pocahontas - real person. Mulan - not a princess in any version (and maybe a real-ish person?). Tiana - actually a swap here. The Frog Prince story involves a princess who is one by birth - daughter of a king. Rapunzel - another swap, as generally her birth parents aren't royalty. Merida - actually an original story, and one of the few to show, you know, the roles played by royalty in actual diplomacy.
@iceberg I know I was a super-precocious kid, at least verbally, and used words that surprised a lot of people. And then I learned how to read (at age 3-4), and it just got worse (and so did my pronunciation)
On Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions
@Kathleen Fred Linton-Ford@facebook Here is a NYT article talking about the ambiguity of the science of fetal pain. And the statistics on maternal mortality, and other complications with permanent effects, are easily found. Childbirth is considerably more dangerous than a properly-performed abortion (particularly before 20-24 weeks, which is when most abortions are performed). They rank among the safest outpatient surgical procedures, and serious complications are very rare.
@formergr I definitely did (a few years later, as my feet did not hit adult shoe sizes until age...8), but also those (Timberland?) boots - my parents ~ruined my elementary school liiifffeee omg~ by buying me the dark brown version instead of the sand color because they were out of the sand in my size the day we went shoe-shopping. (I was also not allowed to wear jellies because I have foot problems and jellies are basically useless as actual shoes.)