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For the love of everything any of you find holy,


Stop making personal attacks on people you don't know!

Seriously, people. It's not that hard.

I'm trying really hard not to teal-deer all over about civility and how hard it is to convey tone in type, but is it really that hard to remember that, no matter what, you're engaging with other human beings who have feelings and make mistakes, just like the rest of us? Even if they do happen to be terrible people, all you're doing when you go all ad hominem on them is descending to their level. I understand being angry and frustrated, but do you really have to tell the entire internet all about it by calling them a sheepfucker? REALLY? C'mon, people, you're better than that. I hope. 

Also, on a very specific note to many, many people, THIS INCLUDES GAME DESIGNERS. They're not robots or soulless jerks who are out to make their customers miserable (with notable exceptions), they're gamers who happen to make games. STFU and get off the forums until you learn not to take it all so damn personally.
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 I thought I'd post a daily journal about my first ever NaNo, which may only last until I get sick of typing for four hours a day. This could take awhile, as anyone who's seen my (exceptionally verbose) writing can attest. As it stands, I started at around 1 or 1:15, and it took about three hours, including beverage breaks, to get to 2000 words.  Since I'm getting my wisdom teeth out on the 23rd, I thought I'd get as much done as early as possible, especially since my inspiration has been known to dry up at the most inconvenient times.

However, today was easy. I was worried because I had no idea where to start, but I started, I allowed myself to go back and make little changes, and it worked well. As long as I give my inner Editor Nazi the illusion that she's still in charge, I can actually get some damn work done! Technically, I'm still kind of going, which I should stop doing, because I have to work some stuff out. What concerns me at the moment is that my world building may take more time than the actual writing, because there's a lot of background involved, and my main goal for my magical system is that it be consistent throughout. I have been known to get infodumpy at times, too, which can cause problems for the plot. But, as the saying goes, all that is for revisions! The goal now is to get a total story out, and it could get a bit hairy as I get further on, because I've been known to suffer wracking bouts of no confidence where I want to just delete the whole effing thing and go hide in a corner. My other goal, now that I've started on something entirely unrelated, is to finally do a full revision of my epic fanfic, Interlude. I started writing it four years ago, and it shows. I'm hoping that, now that I'm fixated on the new novel, I can finally tear into the old one without shame (and yes, it's almost novel-length: 45,701 words, counting "The End"). 

So. I'm being rather ambitious this month, and some of the bounciness coming through is likely just the endorphin high of realizing I still know how to do this and I'm not going to be spending all day staring at a blank document (and cold meds). Maybe I'll come back down to earth when I realize that this is just the first of November, I've got a busy month ahead of me without NaNo, and I have no idea if this is any good. I also got Scott's rather vicious cold, which was draining my energy earlier. But for now, it feels good, which is possibly the 12-hour Sudafed. May as well be cheerful while I can, right?

The distinguished green figure in the beret that is my userpic right now is Cthudda Hyneman, and I only take partial credit for him. I went to the pre-kickoff party for the Dayton Area NaNo group, which was vast amounts of fun, and they gave us Play-Doh to inspire us, I gather.  As soon as I looked at and felt the neon green stuff I'd chosen I was thinking Cthulhu, which says a lot about me, I'm sure, but then it went further downhill. First of all, the people around me (don't ask me for names; I only remember Ann because it's short!) and I decided he looked meditative with his tubby little tummy and his tail curled around his feet, so I turned his hands up and gave him a belly button. Cthudda was born. Then, one of our MLs (Municipal Liason) said he looked like a green walrus, and someone did the hand thing that Adam always does when he's imitating Jamie. This led to the beret (black Play-Doh kindly donated by Ann), and, when I got home, the glasses. I'm quite proud of the glasses, actually; they were kind of tricky to make. Anyway, we decided at the event that he should be my NaNo mascot, so I give you: Cthudda Hyneman, mascot of the deep! Who knows? Maybe Unspeakable Ones need Mythbusters, too.

/:€ Come to think of it, the Jamie emoticon looks a bit Cthulhuesque in Arial anyway... ;)

Edit: remembered what the "M" in "ML" stands for! All by myself! xD
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I have what I affectionately call "Random Burst of Song Syndrome," which is my brain's need to add a soundtrack to life, to explain it briefly. To answer the question, it's a lot easier to say when I haven't had something stuck in my head than when I have.

That being said, some songs are more persistent than others. "Hey There, Cthulhu" is up there now, because I introduced some friends to it, and it is exceptionally catchy.  www.youtube.com/watch


Also, as friends and family can attest, my favorite way to deal with earworms is to pass them on. ;)
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 So. The Colorado Rockies failed to make the playoffs this year. There are a number of reasons for this, some of them pretty legitimate (injuries, more injuries, overworked pitchers), some of them not so much (hello, I'd like to report the Rockies offense missing in action... and what kind of defense was that at the end of the season?). The main problems were the abysmal home-road splits and the yo-yoing offense, both of which led to the abovementioned pitcher problem. Now, I'm not trying to make excuses for guys who were just bad, but if a pitcher pitches fairly effectively for most of the season, and then just suddenly falls off a cliff, I'd say fatigue could be the issue, especially when the relievers were seeing much more time than they probably should have, due to injuries and such, and Ubaldo was seen as the only person keeping us afloat in the first half of the season.

But. I could go on in this vein all day (no, really, I have no one to talk baseball with here, especially Rockies baseball), but that isn't what has me so pissed off this year. No, this year, the "fans" are getting my ire. Well, and the Giants with their stupid refusal to understand how a humidor works, but that reduces me to instant whargarbling, so we probably don't want that. I find it distinctly ironic that the Mythbusters tested the effects of said humidor IN San Francisco, on an affiliate field of the Giants', and they still don't get it. To summarize: The difference between a MLB baseball at 10% humidity, which, as all you Wyoming people know, is not only possible, but highly likely, and one at the standard 50% is fairly noticeable. To the point where you would definitely notice the difference. The remaining problem with how the ball moves is not with the humidity, douches, it's with the altitude. High altitude=thinner air. Thinner air=less break to the ball, and less resistance for the ball to travel through when it comes back off the bat. I should totes write in to the Mythbusters and have 'em test that one. It'd be cool TV if nothing else. Yay fluid dynamics! /:€

And yes. That is as brief as I am capable of getting about that particular problem. The nerdiness and the ranting get noticeably worse as I go on. On a non-ranty note, I could go on about fluid dynamics for hours by themselves, because it's so cool! Anyway.

To the "fans," which, as I should point out, are different from actual fans. It's okay to be angry with the team for not performing to their potential; I get angry, too. It's also completely all right to be seriously torqued off that they seemed to fall off a cliff in the last two weeks, especially since we all thought their offense had finally figured out how to do what they're supposed to. No, I'm talking about the people who said, in August, "I'm a fan, but this team has hit the crapper and the only way to go is down. Carlos Gonzalez is overrated, so is Ubaldo, and Tulo is never going to get it back." In AUGUST. The season ended Sunday, October 3. That's two months of people going, "SEE SEE? THEY SUCK" and then loudly proclaiming that they're never coming back. This goes deeper than baseball, I know. Most fandoms have this, especially sports fandoms which have had a recent influx of fans (2007 for the Rox) due to people realizing that they actually don't suck. It goes without saying that the fans that just needed to be introduced to the team and now love them on their own merit are perfectly fine by me. As I know at this moment all too well, it's kind of hard to hear about the western part of the country that isn't California the further you get from it. No, the people who keep jumping on and off the bandwagon (They jumped off again in 2008, back on in 2009) and declaring that they're much smarter than the rest of us and they are bigger fans, and what the fuck ever, those ones should all be beaten to death with purple foam fingers.

For the record, the Rockies did play beneath pre-season expectations. Pre-season expectations, however, don't factor in future injuries, or the Beast that was the Padres (they fell off a cliff, too) in the first five months of the season. The Giants as a team, much as it pains me to say this, deserved to take the NL West, because they played the best at the end of the season. Sometimes that's what it comes down to. It's how the Rockies got into the postseason in 2007 and 2009. But, for the first time in ten years, the Rockies had two seasons in a row with a winning record. We'll see what happens in 2011. If you're superstitious, and following the trend of the last four seasons, they should get to the postseason since it's an odd year, but superstitions don't actually win baseball games. They just give the fans something we feel like we can control. All we can really do is watch and cheer our team through thick and thin.

I will be cheering for the Reds this postseason, because it's more fun to watch if you have a team to cheer for, and I hate the Phillies. I'll also be cheering on the Braves, since it's Bobby Cox's last hurrah, and I still have some fondness for the Braves, and of course they're playing the Giants. But come March (who am I kidding; it'll be earlier than that), I will be back in this chair, looking for any scrap of Rockies news I can find.
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 So, I haven't been to the dentist since before I got married. First I delayed, then I got yanked around a bit by the setup, then I delayed some more, but with a better reason (Coverage started in June. We moved in August.). So I felt a wee bit apprehensive about telling the dentist this, which may have contributed to my current delay, for which I have no excuses. :P

Much to my surprise, the dental office seems to have anticipated this, since their hold message (paraphrased) is "Don't worry if you haven't been to a dentist in awhile, even years! We will not judge you and will do our best to make you feel comfortable!" Mind you, the first time I ever went to the dentist, I was 21, so four years is not a whole lot compared to that.

And yes, they actually said they would not judge. That's probably going to crack me up for the rest of the day, but we all know I'm easily amused.
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 /:€ Jamie Hyneman emoticon! I am squee!



Got that from MythBusters' Twitter. I now need to make a macro for it on WoW and I am SET. xD
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Just wanting some quick opinions on this. Normally, I'd go "It's Zelda! Someone will buy it!" But this baby was EXPENSIVE to make, and most of the nerds I know personally are broke. Don't get me wrong, I love this thing; it turned out EXACTLY how I wanted it. But, the bare minimum I can think of charging for it is at least $35 before shipping.

SO: Does anyone out there think people will pay around $40-50 for something like this? It is real Venetian glass and the metal is nice and solid, though the site I bought it from warns that the plating may not be nickel-free. I'd probably also throw in a chain for free, since you can't do anything with it as is. I can also make them in a (slight) variety of sizes, and I was thinking of trying enamel next time, which might be less espendy (though messier). The settings are custom-made (for something other than what I'm using them for), so nothing in this equation apart from the rings holding the triangles together came cheap. 

I'm keeping this one, so it was definitely not a waste of time, even if I can't find anyone else who wants to pay for another one. Let me know what you think, pretty please!

                                              

I'm sorry the pic is so blurry; my camera apparently hates focusing on anything that isn't someone's face. Crappy as this is, though, the size is almost perfect. I'll use Barb's über-camera to take better pictures the next time I get a chance. Also, I can do a much better job describing the real-life thing if someone wants a better description, but I don't know what else to say that isn't obvious from even the blurry picture.

Also, I didn't want to go into full-on nerd ramble right this minute, so if you want to know more background, feel free to ask!


Quick edit to add: Can you tell I didn't sleep last night? Insomnia is such a beautiful thing. /sarcasm

Camping

Jul. 5th, 2010 07:29 pm
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Just got back from a weekend camping. Am sunburned, exhausted, probably dehydrated, and dirty. But it was fun! ^^

Anyway, in case anyone was wondering, that's where I've been. :) 

Quickie

Jun. 25th, 2010 01:02 am
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Ow. Ow ow ow. My brain was apparently feeling receptive and I looked at [livejournal.com profile] ursulav 's plague rabbit sketches...   ursulav.deviantart.com/art/Rabbits-in-Masks-155267446 ... and I've been doing altogether too many Doctor Who-related things, PLUS I just got a steampunk campaign book for D&D. Apparently my muse stuck that in a blender and wants me to do all of it at once. OW.
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First off: If you don't care about baseball, leave now.

Okay. The Rockies are playing. We've had a dominant pitcher all year, goes by the name of Ubaldo Jimenez. Up to this point, he had fourteen starts, was 13-1, and had less than a run per nine innings. He has the flu, and he JUST got pulled from the game, but that's actually not what this rant is about, despite the poor guy looking like he should be tucked up in bed with TheraFlu. There are enough armchair managers without me being so here.

Nonono. MY problem is with how the mainstream baseball media STILL treats the Colorado Rockies. First thing I see on the Yahoo! page: "Rocky Mountain oy." Really? REALLY? HE. HAS. THE. EFFING. FLU. Sure, maybe he shouldn't have said he'd start tonight, but he has been the one rock this team could stand on all throughout the beginning of the season. ONE bad start does not suddenly mean he's done for the goddamn season. We finally have Huston Street back, which makes me happy, but I'm tired of this bullshit. I've been putting up with "LOLROCKIES" or "LOLCOORZ" for more than fifteen years. It's not even just the humidor: THIS IS A GOOD BASEBALL TEAM. They are insanely inconsistent offensively early in the year, yes. Their bullpen is streaky as hell, oh God, YES, but they are a good goddamn team with good goddamn players. I saw some of them start in Casper, and I'm glad to see they made it all the way up and are doing well. They have made themselves into contenders. Please TRY to treat them with at least as much respect as you're giving the Nationals, who SUCK. Even with Strasburg, they're still 33-40. The Rockies are (prior to tonight) 37-33, which isn't mind-blowing, unless you consider that they started the season with half a rotation and no closer. Ubaldo was good last year, but not this good. He stepped up and pretty much carried the team. Our offense is getting better by baby steps, and Francis and Hammel have both had fairly successful returns, so it shouldn't be up to Ubaldo to win all the time. But that gets back into armchair managing.

The irony about the armchair managing I said I wouldn't do (why the HELL do you leave someone with the flu in for +100 pitches)? The game I went to on Saturday was A: Awesome, as we won and I asked for home runs and received them (I imagine it only works live, or you can damn well bet I'd be praying for 'em now), and B: The exact opposite, as applies to pitching. We had THREE pitchers try to get the last out. THREE. Seriously.

Also? When I'm already annoyed, the actual fans blaming things on people who are actually doing okay at the moment? DOES NOT HELP.

Anyway, I'll talk more about my baseball enjoyment later, because I'm a bit peeved at the universe right now. I leave you with one final, heartfelt thought: FUCK HAIL.



Edited to add: And we won anyway, Red Sox fans, so THERE!
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I do try to keep track, though I have to have it on a list, or I'll go way overboard.

Even when I had trouble meeting my rent, I always managed to get some aside for a new book once every month or so.  I don't know if that counts, however, as books could hardly be called "non-essential" in my opinion. However, I also tried to go out to eat somewhere semi-nice every once in awhile, which, since it was generally just me, and I'd catch the lunch menu, wasn't too straining to the dollars.

Well, to this day, my weakness is still books. To be precise, I've gotten hooked on the Doctor Who books, which, since they're a: imports and b: only in hardback, they set me back $12 apiece. So, unless I'm spending reward money or it's a buy-one-get-one deal, I have to limit myself to one per trip, generally less than once a month. Money isn't as tight as it was, but after 20+ years of practice, I know better than to allow myself free reign (time or money) at a bookstore! :D
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Okay, so I'm sure everyone (at least everyone on MY FL) knows about the fortune cookie game, where you add "in bed" after your fortune, right? Well, some fortunes are hilarious whether you do so or not.

An actual fortune I got at Mongolian Grill yesterday: "Anyone can 'start,' only the thoroughbred will 'finish!'" Both "start" and "finish" are genuinely in quotes (of course I kept it). I laughed so hard, I'm sure the waitress thought something was wrong with me. Just thought that was too funny not to share. 

Oh, Maru

Jun. 4th, 2010 07:27 pm
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I don't upload all the squee-tastic things I see on the internet, or I'd be here all day, but this one reminded me of something Holly said about her Merlin and his love of the Zoom Groom (it is of the famous (or infamous, depending on your PoV, Maru):

www.youtube.com/watch


That cat is definitely smiling. :D
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Kari, Tory and Grant were redoing "Knock Your Socks Off" and Kari kept using the phrase "socks of least resistance" which made me crack up... and made me ponder. So! D&Ders! IF/when we get back to the D&D (I've had a few suggestions on how to do it long-distance {see below}), do not be surprised to see that possibly pop up as an item name.


Suggestions on long-distance D&D? So far we have:

  • OpenRPG and Ventrilo
  • Ventrilo alone (for those of you who keep whining about not needing visual aids, take that!)
  • Ventrilo+Webcam+Some kind of mutual grid for combat (suggestions include a chessboard, pre-determined graph paper, and similar)
  • I've never done Skype: What capabilities does it have?
And there are probably more I'm forgetting (What do you want? It's 1 am). If anyone has any other ideas or questions (we still have to work a time out, and there are people I'd like to get involved that didn't get a chance on the couple of live games. Also, with any of these, all of my players will HAVE to e-mail me updated character sheets any time something interesting happens, or they won't be allowed to use new abilities/pets/whatever. I am also open to more than one game running , though I'd prefer not to DM them both/all.

If anyone has any ideas, lemme know! I wanted to get our game off the freakin' ground! I'm expecting to be busier in Ohio, when we go, but we're all busy people; we can make it work! Anyone else who wants to play: Don't be intimidated! I can and will run tutorial sessions for novices if you want me to.

And to anyone who wants to know, I have no idea when I'll be in Wyoming next. This spring and summer is being made up as we go along! Not this week for sure; other than that: Not a freakin' clue.
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"Thank you for buying The Silent Force by Within Temptation. You might also like the album Supergott (Speedy Remixes) by Caramell."

What. The. FUCK?

The only thing I can think of offhand is that they're both European, but REALLY? There are a LOT of people in Europe. Caramell is Swedish, and Within Temptation is Dutch.


*cries* My iTunes is trying to drive me insaaaaane...

Edited to fix open quotes.
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Well, as anyone who knows me knows, I both love and hate The Lord of the Rings. I'm allowed to watch The Two Towers on two conditions: 
1- It has to be the extended edition, because they put some of the important stuff they took out to show more Liv Tyler back in.
2- The person/people I'm watching with must tell me that they won't mind my muttering. Because I mutter. A LOT. When it first came out, I had to use extreme self-restraint to not WHARRRGARBLE! at the screen. Come to think of it, I did during one part, and a similar part in The Return of the King. But we don't want to get me started on that.
And, DUH, the book is better. It has some of the best prose I've ever read to this day. Hard to live up to that, but I do give Peter Jackson mad props for making the effort and bringing Tolkien to a new generation.

I loved Coraline, both the book and the movie. I love Neil Gaiman's work, so going to see it with Holly was awesome, especially in 3-D. Both are quite visual, as the book I have has Dave McKean's illustrations as well. This subject reminds me that I still need to see Stardust, speaking of Neil Gaiman. :P

Ohhh, there are more, but I'm not remembering any of them right now. Possibly starting with LotR was a bad idea. If Tolkien fan not on my flist wanders this way and wants to know what makes me literally shout at the movie screen, I can explain it without going off again, if you don't mind ramble. xD


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Ruebens=LOVE.

Seriously. Corned beef, sauerkraut, horseradish, on rye. It is the only thing I will eat swiss cheese with, because nothing else tastes right. Best ever was at the Gray Goose in Portland, OR. I had mine, half of my mother's, and I would have had more, but my sister knows me too well and threatened to fork me.
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So a random comment made me get my lazy bum into making my Mythbusters icon. Those of you who have seen my lol on Cheezburger have likely seen it before, but c'mon, it's Mythbusters! Besides, I was long overdue a Mythbusters icon.

Also:  Denver last year. I caught this TOTALLY by accident. I realize this is rather large, but I wanted you to see it in all its loveliness. This one is all mine; I took it in Denver last spring. 
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"Because you own Hefty Fine (Bloodhound Gang), Genius recommends Dark Light by HIM."


HOW, exactly, are the Bloodhound Gang and  HIM related on a musical level? Or, now that I think about it, a LOT of levels? Someone help me understand how iTunes Genius made this deduction. 


...mind you, it's kind of spooky because I like them both, but only periodically and specific songs from either one. But that's irrelevant, because iTunes has no way of knowing that. *looks surreptitiously for monitoring devices*

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Decided that the black and purple was a bit too dark, but white hurts the eyeballs. We'll see how this one goes. :)

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