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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
9:54 pm - The Rules of the Outcast
I'm actually writing, at this moment. Except I'm here posting, which is technically writing but not what I'll be doing as soon as I post this. I have a subterranean race and I made the note "Rules of the Outcast" to remind myself to try and figure out what sorts of customs and rules a society that has been expelled from a larger group would develop.

Unfortunately, it's not something I can just google.

So I'm trying to think stuff up myself. But if you have some ideas, I'd love to hear them.

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Sunday, January 31st, 2016
2:57 am - Missed Opportunities
Recently I went back home to Oregon. I was kind of pre-occupied with my own shit, but not so much that I didn't notice the cute girl. However, as opposed to how it usually works, this time I noticed her because she was blind and having some trouble with her service animal, casting abour the boarding area and trying to locate the queue for her flight.
I made the connection for 'this person could use some help'; I came up and asked permission to assist her. I remembered that you don't grab them, you offer an arm and let them grab you. But then I dropped the ball on the part that came next. What I should have done is gone over to the line and asked permission for cutsies and then offered to help her down the ramp if she wanted it. Instead I walked her most of the way there and my brain froze up. I knew I had to do something so I said "Just keep going forward from here, and there's the gate agent."
I'm pleased that I managed to do something in a situation where something should be done, but I do find myself wishing for a chance to go back and do it 'right'. It's an improvement from beating myself up over it, and I do like improvement.

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Monday, January 25th, 2016
12:36 am - *THIS* will work much better!
Tonight while I was idly flicking the internet, I found a link which led to another link which...
Long story short, I thought I was nailed down on an image for my tattoo, but now I have *even more options*.
I tried to make a poll but explosions blood death fire, so now I'm in total lowtech DIY mode.
Here are the five images, please comment and tell me what you think. Total sandbox, baby.
Tucked behind the cut to save your screen.Collapse )

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Sunday, January 24th, 2016
6:35 pm - Unexpected Fortune
I have been gifted with funding for my tattoo (whoah, that's huge) (more on this later, as I have updateness). However, another item has come up in the wake of the family wanting one of those 'get through airport free' passes. I should change my name before I get that, if I'm going to change it. I'm trying to decide which is more important in the right now. Both are tied to my identity. I've been very keen to get the tattoo since I found the art, but (a) I am less sure of the image as I have suddenly discovered some other options (b) the name change would be good before getting airport stuff (c) the name change would be good before I get hired on somewhere and they have to change all my documentation.



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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
12:19 pm - All by myself
When I was young, I would do things alone that people around me would never dream of doing, were vaguely horrified at the idea of going without at least one companion. Movies, concerts, karaoke, plays, events of that nature. I went because I wanted to go rather than because somebody else also wanted to go.

These days I still occasionally see a movie on my own but largely think 'Oh, I don't want to bother because if nobody else I know is there it won't be fun enough'. Pride night at Necto. The Big Sleep at the Redford. Twelfth Night on Fourth Night.

I suspect I was happier then.

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
2:40 am - Words Mean Things
After some time deliberating, I have decided to place manbun, mancave, mansplain, manboobs, and manspread into the bin of words that I don't use because they smell sexist, where they will reside next to words like man sized, man up, man of the year, girly, shrew, and harpy.

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Saturday, January 9th, 2016
12:38 pm - SWVII:Search for Luke (Coyote Cinema)
Because I am such a good soul and there might be some in this, I put the spoilers all Under a cutCollapse )

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Friday, January 1st, 2016
4:09 am - The sixth stage of grief--discomforrt
"Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" is the Christmas version of "The Giving Tree"--people will Other you and shit on you until they discover they need you, but then you have the option of being the bigger person.

I find myself avoiding the word 'memorial' when people ask me what I'm doing this weekend. I feel doubly awkward in that I am uncomfortable receiving their well meant condolences and uncomfortable putting people who I don't know as well/at all into an awkward overly personal situation.

Back has not given up, an hour in, and I find myself constantly trying to relax into the pain instead of tensing against it. And yes, Rose, I expect that's the universe trying to give me a metaphorical lesson. Life can suck on it for the immediate future.

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Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
4:07 pm - A Falling Out amongst friends
My girlfriend doesn't punch people's heads off any more because I bought her a shiny new thermal lance.
But the problem right now is my DLC companion, Watches Chalk, in the Honest Hearts excursion. I love that he doesn't require an invitation to attack somebody before they've drawn blood on me, but his dialogue is the worst kind of 'I am just a naive savage but I'm full of the deep natural wisdom that I derive from my spiritually pure life'.
Also, many of the native NPCs have gone just to the brink of but not quite to the point of saying 'How'.

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Sunday, December 27th, 2015
11:00 pm
I would prefer not to.

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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015
11:32 am - Bioware has spoiled me Ch 17
I'm playing Fallout and keep trying to flirt with my companion. ):

On the plus side, my girlfriend punches people's heads off. How cool is that?

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Sunday, December 13th, 2015
1:01 pm - Thank you
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I had better practice--I'm going to be saying it a lot, and I want people to know how much I mean it.

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
8:38 pm - IFYAMAQ early addition
[personal profile] mimerki lured me into her five question project, and asked me the following questions.

(1) You can give one piece of advice to yourself at age 8. What is it?

Stay with the church. It's going to teach you some structure, help you develop a moral compass, and help you learn about people. It will also get you started with critical thinking and asking awkward questions. And don't let anybody pressure you about getting baptised.

(2) Does ice cream go with pie and, if so, what flavor of ice cream?

Ice cream definitely can go with pie, but is not a necessity. Vanilla, especially nice high-end vanilla, is flexibly good with a lot of pies, but that doesn't have to be the end of it. Chocolate ice cream is good with a banana custard pie. Caramel swirl ice cream is good with a chocolate pie. Et cetera. (Full disclosure--I think sharp cheddar goes well on apple pies.)

(3) What song do you sing to yourself when you feel especially cheerful?

It largely depends on what I've been listening to recently. "Daft Punk is Playing at My House". "Call Me a Hole". "Bright Future in Sales". "Bad Girls". "Meet You at the Moon". "I Want You Back". "Gypsy Part of Town". "Life in One Day". The lyrics themselves aren't always joyous, but making the sounds and being good at it seem to be common threads. The most recent one was Dessa's Dutch

(4) The other morning, I found myself discussing Vorlon gender identity with a friend. What type of conversation do you find yourself having that seems to pretty well define the type of people you want in your life?

I thought about this one for quite a while. I think for me it's that moment playing Fiasco where everything is clicking and all four of you can see the trajectories form and you know you have created a beautiful trainwreck together.

(5) You can give one piece of advice to yourself at age 18. Is it the same as what you would give to yourself at 8? Why or why not?

Get out of the church. It has taught you all it can, and will just frustrate you and make you think less of people. You know you don't want to go on a mission, and you're already uncertain about doctrinal issues. Plus, you're going to meet a girl in a couple of years and your relationship with the church will not help you with that.

As I am a lazy sod, I will only give one question, chosen at random, to you if you ask for one.

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12:43 am - Dragon Age Epilogue
There was a reckoning, harsh and grim, lit by the flames that engulfed the town.
Every idiot who needed killing was killed. One of them three different times.
We had to burn the town to save it. And we'll have to do it again soon.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
4:31 am
I am intimidated by Raven's Goodreads list.

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
6:21 pm - DA2 End of Act II
I removed Anders with extreme prejudice. I would do it again without hesitating.

It is a testament to the game that everything around me is burning and full of despair and I can't do a thing to stop it but I'm still eager to keep going.

The first fight on the docks, with 434325254577 shades and blood magi? Better than the dragon fight if for no other reason than it doesn't drag on forever. You get buried in shades and you're done.

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Monday, November 30th, 2015
5:08 pm - Running Commentary
Isabella: Sometimes I come down here just to look at the boats.
Hawke: Ships, dear. They're called ships.

I want to help Evelina's scrappy band of ragamuffins. I hope there's an option for that.
UPDATE: There was, at least sort of.

I'm too late to save the mage's wife totally fridged elf. And so I don't tell anybody and just leave her lying in the square. Not very heroic.

I've got a thank you note from Meredith saying that I should 'accept this token of her gratitude'. I have no idea what the token is or where it's been left. There's probably something in the rulebook about that.

King Alistair! Holy crap!

Everything about the "Can't Houndslow sleep in another bed" exchange is darling.

"Hard in Hightown: Siege Harder".

Oh god. The Dalish encampment. *All* those named characters. There is no redemption here. I have feels.

"Best Served Cold" massacre. I literally have my head in my hands as I say *Why* couldn't you have just talked?

I am opposed to making a fight harder (or at least longer) by having more bad guys just fall out of the air. It smacks of lazy writing.

EDIT: Also, I really liked the mechanics for 'follow Isabella's trail to the hideout'. So much I didn't even ask Exactly *what* is she leaving that trail with?

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Sunday, November 29th, 2015
4:33 pm - Roll the Bones
Do any of you have experience with Roll20? I've had a membership for a while and remember that, poking at it initially, getting started seemed a little dense. If you have suggestions I would be most pleased to hear them.

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Friday, November 27th, 2015
11:22 pm - Another Age of Dragons
I got to the second evolution point in Dragon Age, the Qunari Problem. I told him he could have his bible but he couldn't have the pirate. And so he said "SINGLE COMBAT!" And I said o ya the archer and the tank should definitely fight a duel. So I ran around and around the pillars while my dog bit him until he fell down.

And then I met the Bone Pit dragon and died four times. Still trying to figure out a strategy for that.

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Friday, November 20th, 2015
11:05 am - An Age of Dragons
I went down onto the Dark Roads yesterday. It was... anticlimactic. The boss fight was hard--I died several times before luck overcame lack of coherent strategy--but it was really short. I was expecting something longer, like the Legacy DLC or something rather than two screens of dungeon crawl. And honestly? The promised payoff of a room full of chests and gold disappointed me when the actual loot was 'open these three boxes'. Also, having the hunger demon in the one room look exactly like the rock wraith in the second room was in my opinion a poor choice. But getting back to find that I had a fancy new place and an upper-class schoolgirl outfit made up for that, and for losing Bethany to the Circle.

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