Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 March 2005 - Thursday

After a lot of tracing data flow laboriously by hand, I have made the thing that I don't understand work in accordance with all parts of the specification that I choose to acknowledge!

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I think the action-adventure is winning in Tokyo Underground, although it looks like the next disc might have more high-school martial arts.

Earth Defense Family is certainly very silly, and also has the sort of humor one might expect when the main character is an eight(?) year old boy, but it also has a surprising amount of emotional validity. I mean, that sure looks like what I remember a teenaged girl not getting along with her mother looking like. (Help! Aliens have stolen my grammar!)

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30 March 2005 - Wednesday

I seem to have gotten another assignment involving things I know nothing about. Woot!

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I am down to one short box of backlog at Lee's! Go me!

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Dragonblooded went okay, although we split the party so that each group could face problems best solved by someone in the other group. Sadly, though, I don't think I can display dominance over Ken's friend Chris, no matter what I can get the dice or GM to say. I'll just have to wait until he picks a fight with something he can't beat, and let his character get eaten.

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In the second episode of Tokyo Underground, the two genres are still battling it out for dominance! Sometimes the goofy high-school stuff seems to be winning, but then the superpowers come out! Who will triumph in the end?

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29 March 2005 - Tuesday

We are too nice to watch Haibane Renmei without Neil, so we let Ken lure us over to play Ursuppe. Sadly, he got hit hard early on, and never managed to catch up again. This does not prove that the strategy of being able to live anywhere and breeding like crazy doesn't work, mind you; only that it won't bring you back from the brink when you're playing against Dave.

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The first episode of Tokyo Underground was peculiar. It started off as fairly serious action adventure, then cut to goofy high school martial arts, then slammed the two together. Buh.

ursuppe by Ken (Thu Mar 31 21:37:14 2005)

That one turn when I lost half of my spuds because you and Dave both became predators really hurt. Had I not been trying to build back up from that, I could have afforded a defense, and probably not gotten beaten to armor by one turn.

With armor, I suspect it would have worked. Without it, my strategy seemed to be "Float around making sure I'm the only convenient food." Which for some reason didn't work as well as I'd hoped.

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28 March 2005 - Monday

Whee, more work. Not dead yet, though!

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We have, perhaps, gotten Monday Night Gaming offset from Red Room, although now of course there is talk of moving Red Room. Maybe I should die in a pit rather than game any more.

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Yay Futurama!

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27 March 2005 - Sunday

I suppose it's like Easter or something today, but fortunately that has little impact on my life.

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We were short two people, including the usual host, for Red Room, so we went to Earl's to play the first part of the adventure of the Really Creepy Hospital. Eventually we decided we wanted the rest of our team there before we attacked, so we ended the session and played some Cthluhu 500. It was very silly, but also added focus to the Cthluhoid insanity. I am reminded of Bryant's comment about sports manga, but car racing has been done, and I can't think of any other sports with enough fiddly bits. Maybe I should just accept that I'm not smart enough to write Lovecraft Country.

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The second disc of Shrine of the Morning Mist was much like the first one. The extras had some clips with backstory and pictures of the area where the show is set, though, which was kind of interesting.

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26 March 2005 - Saturday

I stayed in bed reading manga until almost noon, because I could. After that, though, I got up and did laundry and went shopping and then went shopping again, so that was like being useful. Also, I played a lot of zangband.

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Better buy your atheism bumper sticker now, while they're still legal here in Jesusland.

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Marith and I watched some more Buffy, which is descending rapidly into the season three death spiral.

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Grand finale of Kiddy Grade! It was pretty good, but not quite as much as I had hoped for. Perhaps I am doomed to be perpetually disappointed by the this planet's puny vertebrate scriptwriters.

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bumper stickers! by Ayse (Sun Mar 27 22:37:28 2005)

Some of those bumper stickers I like, and some of them make me hiss & spit.

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25 March 2005 - Friday

TGIF!

Well, actually, that's what the weekly meeting at Google is called, and I didn't go even though I probably could have; instead I worked my eight hours and then went away from work to have a life or at least lie around my apartment.

As it turned out, I had a life, because Ayse and Ken and Carl lured Marith and I to Chef Liu's for Chinese food and conversation, and then everyone went to my place and we played half a game of Ursuppe (aka Primordial Soup). By that time, people were getting tired and it was obvious that Ken (despite his protestations) was crushing us all like the insects amoebae we were, so I threw everyone out.

Ursuppe is pretty fun, although it does have hundreds of small fiddly bits. I think getting four cups for the four colors and another for discards would help a lot with managing the food cubes.

After people left, I watched two more episodes of Kiddy Grade. My, that's a very large spaceship.

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24 March 2005 - Thursday

I think I'll stop pretending I have anything exciting to say about work. I went, I worked, I came home, I found a paycheck in my mailbox.

On the other hand, this means I can not only pay rent, but probably start repaying the money I borrowed for rent in previous months, which is Good.

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Apparently my Cthulhu Mythos skill is 116%. It would be higher, but they threw in apocrypha like Campus Crusade for Cthulhu and George Bush.

(Carl's fault.)

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Bipedal octopodes! SO COOL!

(Marith's fault.)

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Ah, the Xander-with-car episode! Go Xander!

Ibrahim Amin! by mony (Thu Mar 24 20:39:58 2005)

I got an 85 on the Mythos quiz. Apparently, my San is impacted. :)

Re: Impacted SAN by Re: Ibrahim Amin! (Thu Mar 24 21:28:59 2005)

That sounds painful.

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23 March 2005 - Wednesday

Since Google is mentioned on the Web as being a big user of Python, I can probably admit that some of what I do involves writing Python scripts. Also, it is probably not a company secret that some of Google's machines have dendriform filesystems which occasionally need to be traversed.

With those disclaimers out of the way, I would like to say, Python is definitely my friend. I modified a script from yesterday to discover all the files in a directory tree instead of just taking a list of files on the command line, and with the exception of one stray $ in front of a variable name, it worked the first time. Muahahahahaha!

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I improved my script to the point where it stopped working, and then improved it so that now it almost works. I would fix it more, but I arrived early and worked through lunch, so now I must flee to have a life.

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More comics! More comics! Wheee!

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I can eat birthday pie for dinner and NONE OF YOU CAN STOP ME! Muahahaha!

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Air never showed up for Hounds of Balazar, so instead of plot, we had a fight. For a doomed dragonsnail fight, it went pretty well, in that the bad guys died, and all of us got healed before we bled to death.

And, ph4t l3wts! Our shaman has a magic crystal that makes him very tough against spirits normally and nigh-invulnerable when he's prepared, even when discorporate, and our healer has a ring that can cast Spell Reflection and can have a spirit bound into. Dobromil's rock of Shattering doesn't seem quite as impressive any more...

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22 March 2005 - Tuesday

Alan is back, and would undoubtedly have many suggestions for ways in which      could be improved, except that he also has several thousand email messages and many phone screens to conduct.

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I suppose I should not be surprised at how little of Ai Yori Aoshi Marith watched before declaring it awful and an offense against humanity. Perhaps we will watch something else instead, although Neil is going to be gone for the next three Tuesdays, so it would be mean to start anything new before he gets back.

Ai Yori Aoshi by marith (Thu Mar 24 21:48:02 2005)

Just because I'm snide about something doesn't mean it is awful and an offense against humanity. :P But it can probably safely be said that adult women are not AYY's target audience.

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21 March 2005 - Monday

SLIMY SLIMY PARASITEDAY!!

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Bleargh, Monday, but otherwise not bad. I got a new project, which appears simple, and indeed might be almost done, but might also have unsuspected depths.

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Apparently we contractors are now cool enough to go to staff meetings! Also, mention was made of a procedure being put in place for temp-to-perm.

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Rumor has it that the reports made back to Taos about we contract weasels are not entirely unfavorable. Woot.

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Still revelling in my spending power, I stopped by Gamescape and picked up the Ursuppe (Primoridal Soup) and Baby's First Mythos they had been holding for me forever and ever. Then I took some of the strange people I met there to Thai City and we had ginormous Thai dinner! Attendees were Earl and Cat, Ayse and Ken, Chrisber and Christy, Marith, Jeremy, Carl, Ambar, and Adam, who turned out to be exactly the right number for the amount of food we got! Also I scored some of my comics backlog, and a set of Masamune Shirow coasters, and some coconut icecream with a candle in, and I was thoroughly sung to!

35 still seems much too old to have any hope of doing anything with my life, but at least I have friends of high quality and great silliness.

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Ambar's new Prius is very shiny and has many bells and whistles.

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Now I will lie in a spherical heap on the floor and go, "Wow, that was a lot of Thai food."

Parasiteday - belated! by Silkie (Tue Mar 22 08:33:40 2005)

Happy happy Parasiteday! Many happy returns!

happy birthday late! by Angie (Tue Mar 22 23:02:43 2005)

Wish I could have been there; I miss Thai City a lot, living all the way down here. We should eat there some weekend!

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20 March 2005 - Sunday

Another day of sloth, but at least Marith and I went and sat in the coffeeshop for a bit of the afternoon. I bought books, because, well, I can.

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Not only did Ken make me yummy parasite_ok chocolate pie, but Ayse made yummy parasite_ok ice cream, and there was a great feast of salmon and mushrooms and asparagus and happiness!

Also there was gaming, in which we determined that the leader of the bandits is something impressive but not necessarily hostile, and that the manicores really have no interest in talking to us. Oh, and that the local halflings really do own the caches in the pits beneath the manticores. Next session, perhaps we will get into trouble with undead or goblins or kobolds or Jehane's boytoy.

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Because I can, I watched an episode of the Kiddy Grade Carl lent me. The thot plickens! Sadly, the artists still show a lot more of Alv than of Dvergr, which indicates to me that they have no taste, but what do I know about mammals?

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Bleargh. Work tomorrow. Must sleep now.

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19 March 2005 - Saturday

Look, it's a Saturday of sloth! I don't have to do anything! Well, except go grocery shopping and do laundry, but that's really not too traumatic (although it will be if I don't get more quarters before I next launder).

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Marith and I finally watched the first disc of Full Metal Alchemist, and we like it! We're not sure if the magic circles being drawn instantly is dramatic license or clever use of lesser magic, but that's a minor detail. There is certainly plenty of action and creepiness and some sort of long-term plot involving creepy people, so I look forward to the next disc.

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18 March 2005 - Friday

Friday at last! I think the thing is almost ready, except for that one bit that Matt suggested, but that should be easy. The other thing is good too.

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Hey, cool, Google shirts! Sadly there was only one color in my size by the time I got to the Cabinet of Shirts, but at least it's an okay color.

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Yay Sailor Moon! We have now watched all of first season! Eventually, we will start on Sailor Moon R (second season), but that may not get going until after the wedding season.

It was a surprisingly different ending from the later seasons. I wonder what R will be like.

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17 March 2005 - Thursday

Completely by coincidence, I dressed all in green today. How clever of my subconscious!

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Were I a beer drinker, I am sure I would have appreciated the free Guiness at lunch. Otherwise, much the same as usual. That thing that I was working on seems to work, so yay.

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Yay sloth!

I watched some more Popotan, which is still okayish, and one episode of Tenchi Muyo GXP, which is silly.

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16 March 2005 - Wednesday

Hm. I emailed the group list to see if anyone knows anything about     , and some of the suggestions might be functional. Also,      is progressing nicely. Alan wants us to have a functioning prototype by the time he returns from vacation on Tuesday, and I see no reason why that will not be case.

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Not much in the way of new comics this week, so I was able to put a dent in my backlog. Only a dent, but that's better than no dent at all!

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Illustrious GM Ken felt poorly, Chris (the Other Other Other Chris, not one you're likely to have heard of unless you're Ken's friend from Berkeley) couldn't make it, and Mike was planning to be late, so we strongly considered cancelling Dragonblooded, but we couldn't reach Mike in time to keep him from showing up, so we had to game after all. The horror!

My character got to lord it over a lesser bureaucrat, but failed to shake him down for a magic bow, because of player incompetence. Still, we managed to find out something about our rivals (like, we have some) and make appropriate preparations, so the session wasn't completely wasted.

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Because I could, I watched a couple of episodes of Popotan. It was not as bad as some rumors indicated, but it was full of doofy fan service which went oddly with the art that reminded me a lot of A Little Snow Fairy, Sugar. I will at least watch the rest of this disc, although I don't know if I will make GreenCine bring me more.

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15 March 2005 - Tuesday

Bah. Nothing seems to work for     . I shall have to work on      instead.

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People seemed to like Haibane Renmei, which is good. I find it terribly slow upon rewatching, but that's okay.

No more Gunsmith Cats! Next week, Ai Yori Aoshi!

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14 March 2005 - Monday

Oog. Tiny brain. But at least I got the      from last week set up. Now I just have to figure out how to do that thing to it, while also doing      and maybe some left-over     . No problem!

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No one had enough spoons to actually game tonight. This is becoming sort of a theme. (And the theme is, "If you build a worse mousetrap, the world will beat a path from your door".) Christy said we could blame her, and it's true that she has a good reason for spoonlessness, but really I'm pretty sure it's my fault for sucking as a GM. And for being too tired.

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13 March 2005 - Sunday

And today, more gaming! This time Red Room, and saving a Cancer Who Walks Like A Man from the Four Seasons, who once beat the snot out of us in a mall and sold several of us to crazed Russian brain-eaters. But they're not so tough when we gang up on them and jump them from behind!

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Sleepy and tiny-brained parasite. Not looking forward to work tomorrow.

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12 March 2005 - Saturday

Because we made it to Roseville in such good time for the last session, we tried sleeping in more leaving a bit later, which of course moved us into the Hour of Heavy Traffic, so we were an hour late. Fortunately Sherilyn knows we still love her, and we were able to get right into...

Amazon Quartet of Justice IXb: "Into the Sunrise! The Lost City of Karal!"

After a brief shopping frenzy, Our Heroines return the desert maidens and the sphinxes to the desert. Due to the innately chaotic nature of magic, they don't arrive in the part of the desert they had planned on, but it all works out in the end. Amaryllis even rescues Kalida's fiancé Hassan, who had set out for the dragon's lair to die heroically try to rescue his beloved.

While trading songs with the local bards, Gabrielle hears legends of a lost city, taken out of time, which can only be reached from a certain place. As this city is rumored to have great protective powers, possibly even effective against rampaging blue dragons, The Quartet decide to hunt it down. It might even have one of the Five Sacred Items needed to save the world!

It turns out that Leo has heard stories of a great sphinx of the past, who was turned to stone to guard a secret city in the mountains. This information is deemed suspiciously convenient, but since the alternatives are to fight the dragon or set out for the strange distant druidic kingdoom of Nööl, the Amazons decide to go in search of Sphinx Rock, even if it turns out to not lead them to the lost city.

Fresa is able to borrow enough magic power from Moradin to discover the way to Sphinx Rock and convey the Amazons there in mere hours, and they find it much as described. They also find that someone has been there before them, but is no longer in evidence. After some scouting, they hide out in their luxurious pocket dimension to await dawn, the hour at which the city is said to appear.

Just before dawn, Our Heroines leave their camp and arrange themselves about Sphinx Rock so as to not miss the appearance of the city. As dawn races across the desert toward them, it illuminates a city that hadn't been there moments before, and the low rays of the sun emphasize the fresh footprints leading toward it.

The Amazons take to the air, and soon arrive at the enchanted gates, which hang ajar. Sandy footprints lead inside, through the deserted but almost entirely intact streets.

Fortunately those who preceded them wandered about a great deal, apparently looking for something, and so the Quartet gain on them. Finally, not far behind, they arrive at a huge temple in the center of the city. Immediately inside is a pillared courtyard decorated with huge statues and smeared with the evidence of a recent battle. There is no time to investigate, though, because the four statues lumber off their pedestals and accuse the Quartet of being unworthy to pass!

Sadly, creatures of the desert are highly vulnerable to Amaryllis's spells of cold, and she knows this.

The tracks lead through a labyrinth of corridors much larger than the outside aspect of the temple, and into a subterranean room larger yet, where (the Amazons discover, after appropriate use of light magic) a huge chitinous monster lurks. Grappling with giant scorpions isn't Our Heroines' strong suit, so they apply a great deal of magic to Gabrielle and her bow, and the scorpion is quickly dispatched. Unfortunately, the people they've been pursuing are lurking on the other side of the chamber, throwing spells, and when Alyra attacks them, they put up an impenetrable wall of force and scarper.

When the forcefield decays and the Amazons can continue, they find an ambush of mummies waiting for them, along with a yuan-ti. This proves more of an obstacle than the giant scorpion, but with determination and several fireballs, the mummies and their handler are overcome.

Finally, the Quartet has reached the center of the temple! And not a moment too soon, either, as the necrotheologians are about to sacrifice a family of brass dragons!

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Wow, are mummies really only CR 3? One mummy would slaughter a party of four 3rd-level characters: half get paralyzed when they see it, the rest can barely hurt it because it takes only half damage from weapons, and even if they survive, they probably die of the rot before they can find a 5th-level cleric to cast Remove Disease.

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Homeward zooming! Splut!

Quarter by Dave (Fri Mar 18 09:54:21 2005)

So, like, who or what are the other three? ;)

Re: Quartet by Trip (Fri Mar 18 18:02:17 2005)

It's probably more useful to mail me, than to leave your comment hanging there forever, referring to a tyop long since corrected. But I suppose if that's the sort of legacy you want to leave...

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11 March 2005 - Friday

Happy Happy Jinianday!!

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Having polished my latest work thing, I began poking at the two other things I am supposed to be doing, but progress is minimal thus far.

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Jinian is home from the vet! I went over to adore her and see how to give her medicine if I have to cat-sit her and generally admire what an excellent cat she is, even though the vet cruelly shaved many of her furs.

I am very glad she is doing better.

Shaved Cat by mony (Thu Mar 17 05:31:20 2005)

Is she striped under the fur? :)

Re: Shaved Cat by Trip (Fri Mar 18 18:03:24 2005)

Hard to tell. One patch was on her belly, which isn't very stripy, and the other was starting to grow back, so I couldn't tell if the stripiness was skin or fuzz.

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10 March 2005 - Thursday

My new project is remarkably speedy, because I am clever, or at least shameless with the heuristics.

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Hey, look! An evening with nothing scheduled! You don't see one of those around these parts too often!

Watched more third-season Buffy with Marith.

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9 March 2005 - Wednesday

I have a new project, which is to make a     !

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Finally the Hounds of Balazar made it to Griffin Mountain! We even spoke to some griffins, who didn't eat us! Also Dobromil was enlisted to go back and fight some Chaos, but although he won on points, he ultimately failed because he isn't aquatic.

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Jinian is doing better! Yay!

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8 March 2005 - Tuesday

I'm definitely running out of this project. Fortunately, there are many more to which I could be applied, like the implement of system administration that I am.

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Eeep! Poor Jinian, Ayse's cat, has come down with diabetes and is in the vet's ICU! The prognosis is good, but I must cross all my tentacles anyway!

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We were eventually able to figure out what the hell was going on with the end of Last Exile, so I guess it wasn't really obscure, but it was still not entirely clear.

Next week, Haibane Renmei!

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7 March 2005 - Monday

Buh! One of the guys from Corio, Tom, is back with Taos and at Google! Fortunately, he is not a real Corio person, so he is cool.

Small valley!

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Apparently I was not mistaken about the babe density at Google, because Tom commented on it too.

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Back to the      mines! But the vein is running dry, so I think I will probably be done with this bit soon.

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Splut! More Gokusen this evening, and not a lot else.

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6 March 2005 - Sunday

Another day fed into the maw of Improper HTML. Pieces of paper are not large enough (although it be better if the hardcopy more closely resembled the softcopy).

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Sadly, the bandits escaped Jehane and Alazaïs. However, the magic swords from the horrible fight against the Wolf Brothers were traded for lots of cool new stuff, so next time those bandits annoy Alazaïs she will be able to carve her name in them with ACID DAMAGE! Muahahahaha!

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Tonight's anime: Gokusen. The main character is a high-school math teacher by day and a yakuza princess by night, which works about as well as you would expect.

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5 March 2005 - Saturday

I spent all day trying to make HTML be like a page layout language so I could put together an Exalted cheat sheet for those of us who are new to White Wolf's bagheap of a system. I have been only slightly successful.

In the afternoon, we went to the coffee shop for a while, and then went back to Ayse & Ken's to feast upon the burgers of guacamoleness. Yum! Also I passed out the copies of Manga Secrets by Lea Hernandez, which I had ordered back when both Marith and Dave were learning to draw. Stupid Amazon.

Many suggestions were made for the next release of the cheat sheet, but that's okay.

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4 March 2005 - Friday

Muahahahaha! I have triumphed over     ! Well, okay, really I just maimed it severely, but I have shown that it is not invulnerable, so its days are clearly numbered.      is still being annoying, but hopefully on Monday I will be able to beat it into the ground. (Yes, my boss said "See you next week" not "Never darken our free cafeteria again".)

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Ayse and Ken are full of germs, so Ken is not going to his LARP, so there is not actually Sailor Moon tonight. But there is sitting around and talking and not doing work, which is okay.

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3 March 2005 - Thursday

Well, I wasn't told today that my contract is over, so I guess that's good. But maybe they're waiting for the end of the pay period.

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After a mighty struggle, I have finally succeeded at     ! Yay me! Alas,      is proving considerably more recalcitrant. Everyone acknowledges that it's a difficult problem, though.

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Hey, look! I'm catching up on my web page!

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Samurai Champloo is still entertaining, and fairly serious under the goofy surface. I will watch more, when it comes out!

Stellvia, on the other hand, is not that exciting. It's not bad or anything, but they aren't doing as much with their premise as I think they should. I may or may not watch more.

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2 March 2005 - Wednesday

In the morning, my boss showed me a handy way to do      which is much better than how I was doing it before. In the afternoon, he chided me for not being diligent and competent enough. Presumably this means that soon I will be flung out the window and buried beneath the heaped scorn of geeks worldwide. ("You got chucked out of Google? Get thee hence, spawn of evil!")

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Indeed, my Dragonblooded character is just as incompetent as all my male characters are. Also, the Exalted combat system is every bit as clunky and slow as it looked. This is sad, because the game is fun, even though I will probably not be able to seize ultimate power. Anyway, we did finally set sail for the mainland, where someday we might arrive if we aren't attacked by too many more flying sorcerers with hordes of shark-goons.

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I would have watched more Samurai Champloo, but by the time I finished my TBG and BMO turns, it was time to fall over dead in a pit.

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1 March 2005 - Tuesday

No anime tonight, because Neil has to go married-person stuff (Happy birthday, Stacy!). Instead, I lured Marith over to watch some more Buffy, and then I watched the first couple episodes of Samurai Champloo. It was pretty good! However, I must go to bed instead of watching the rest of the disc.

Samurai Champloo by marith (Thu Mar 3 21:34:53 2005)

Ooh, maybe SC should be included in Tuesday Night Anime at some point? I've heard enough good things about it that I'm interested in trying it.

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