Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 August 2005 - Wednesday

Hm, this time I appear to have upheld the Mini support team's reputation for being on crack. But the problem was there! I saw it! Someone else saw it!

Bah.

Anyway, even with that, work did not kill me nor make me want to kill myself, so that's good!

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Yay prescription!

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There should be gaming of one sort or another every Wednesday, but we seem to have lapsed into the doom of confused scheduling. Sadness.

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I reread the Age of the Black Sun stuff I wrote up many years ago. Hm. It doesn't suck completely, but it's still lacking something. Possibly the true horror grandeur of the weight of ages is something that should become more apparent as PCs wander around causing trouble, though, and needn't be played up in their hometown.

An Ideal Parasite would still work on Lovecraft Country first, though.

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More Farscape.

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Wow, there's more than one sucker on KoL who will pay many times the creation cost for things I can make. Of course, I have to spend somewhere between 3 and 5 adventures to get that 1500 meat profit, but it's still the best return on time I can get at my measly level. Super Capitalism Powers, ACTIVATE!

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Writing: check.

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30 August 2005 - Tuesday

Work continues to be okay, although they should really give me more tickets to do. Er, but not too many more.

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Marith didn't come to Tuesday Night Anime, so she didn't learn that the cliffhanger ending of last week's episode was just a false memory psychically implanted in the protagonists' memories by another of the master villain's paranormal flunkies. Poor Marith!

Earl did show up, pretty much just in time to watch the one episode of Fruits Basket he's already seen. Oh well.

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Oh, good! There are suckers in the Kingdom of Loathing who will pay 1800 meat for something that requires about 400 meat of ingredients to make. Come to me, my lovely ill-gotten lucre!

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Writing: check.

cliffhangers by marith (Wed Aug 31 20:47:05 2005)

Dang. This means I'm going to have to bribe you to see the episodes I missed, doesn't it?

Re: cliffhangers by Trip (Wed Aug 31 21:56:29 2005)

Yep! And the last bribe I was offered was Jinian, so you have to at least match that!

Re: bribes by marith (Wed Aug 31 23:48:43 2005)

hm.

Heeeere Aime....I have an Asian pear for you...

Re: bribes by Trip (Thu Sep 1 12:10:59 2005)

The other night I dreamed that people were foisting kittens on me. I must be psychic! (Space Parasite Psychic ATTACKU!)

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29 August 2005 - Monday

Now that I'm a productive member of society, I can say "Bleah, Monday" and not have to feel guilty!

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I guess this was a productive day. I got the ticket queue down to 0, and successfully reproduced a problem in the presence of a QA person, which gave the Mini support team more cred and convinced the engineers that the problem really exists.

Go, me! Or something like that.

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Hmph. The USPS is not delivering my Greencine discs to me. Now I have no anime to watch! Er, unless I want to rewatch any of the 238956235125 DVDs I bought profligately.

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Writing: check.

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28 August 2005 - Sunday

For the first time in many moons, it is a Red Room day!

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Foolishly, I sort of precipitated a political argument with Jeremy at brunch (although I claim it was already super-saturated). Unfortunately, I am not at all good at arguing. Fortunately, Adam was there to support the anti-torture, pro-civil-rights side of the argument. Predictably, no one was convinced of anything. Pleasingly, no actual blood was shed.

At least Jeremy (the Jewish biophysicist) doesn't approve of the Esteemed Maximum Leader spouting Creationist bullshit, so there may be hope for him (Jeremy, not Bush).

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In this session, Our Heroes beat the snot out of the teenaged leader-model homozygous clones, despite their group mind and power-armored human dupes. Since these teenagers were planning on committing violent crimes with said powered armor, it pretty much had to be done, but playing an agent of the Benevolent US Government is still leaving an increasingly bad taste in my mouth. Bah.

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Adam mentioned that he doesn't think the Theory of Intelligent Falling is a parody of the "theory" of Intelligent Design, because it's actually exactly the same argument. But it nevertheless has parody nature, and I have finally realized that it's because both "theories" are parodies of real science. Intelligent Falling is just supposed to be a slightly more obvious parody than ID. (It's not like anything could be much more obvious.)

Maybe I've been reading too much Pharyngula.

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Bah, still stressed about the stupid political argument. Apparently this is the downside of being easy-going and not getting into many arguments: decreased resistence.

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New Orleans looks increasingly doomed. I think I have slightly more sympathy for the mayor than other people do, because I realize that evacuating a major urban area has an immediate cost in money and lives and pretty much trashes the local economy so it shouldn't be done if at all avoidable, but still.

The New Orleans impending doom makes me painfully aware that I and most of the people I care about live in a disaster-prone area. The middle of the Canadian Shield is looking more attractive all the time. :(

And to everyone in New Orleans: I hope you make it okay even though our fuckwit of a president sent the National Guard off on a war of aggression so they can't help you. :(

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Finished the disc of Narutaru. They did take into account the bit I noticed before, although I'm not at all sure I approve of their solution.

"Three-dimensional space-time construct" is a more interesting description than "solid", but I suppose keeping the lines of similar length is more important in anime subtitling than in manga.

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Hey, look! It's almost like going to bed at a reasonable hour so I can get up and go to work tomorrow!

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Writing; check.

Workin' for The Man by Carl (Mon Aug 29 11:39:23 2005)

So if you don't like working for the government oppressing mutants, why not switch sides? That might be exciting!

Looks like New Orleans avoided becoming Metropolitan Soup, with Katrina weakening and passing to the east instead of the west. Still messy, though.

Think of it as a wakeup call to stock water and emergency supplies, if you haven't already. The Red Cross sells ready-made kits or you can build your own.

Re: Workin' for The Man by Trip (Mon Aug 29 12:16:33 2005)

Well, I'm not sure my character has a problem with it, since she's sort of big on law and order, and I think the government in the game world is slightly less prone to disappearing people.

I'm glad New Orleans is still there, although I expect that now the mayor will be lynched.

Once I get paid for the work I'm doing, I should get an emergency kit, yes. (Or an emergency Kit, but that's different and harder to store.)

Politics by Jeremy (Mon Aug 29 17:30:05 2005)

Don't stress about it. I was quite rude to you and should have apologized at the time. Sorry!

I don't know that we convinced each other of anything, but what I determined is that we're concerned about roughy 80% of the same issues. For whatever personal reasons, though, I'm primarily reassured that we're doing much better than we have in any previous time of major military action (or stage of news media evolution, as appropriate to the issue), whereas (I conclude) you're primarily distressed that we're not doing nearly as well as we should be. These are quite reconcilable positions - at least we agree that things should be made much better.

Re: Workin' for The Man by Jeremy (Mon Aug 29 17:31:32 2005)

Speaking as a character more-or-less disappeared by the in-game government, I'm not sure I agree about that "less prone" claim!

Re: Workin' for the Man by Trip (Mon Aug 29 17:57:44 2005)

I said "slightly"!

Re: Politics by Trip (Mon Aug 29 17:58:37 2005)

Enh, I started it, pretty much. The rudeness was hardly one-sided. Hopefully Mimi wasn't overly distressed, though!

emergency Kits by marith (Mon Aug 29 20:36:10 2005)

Maybe we should make it a weekend project to put together emergency kits, jump bags and contact lists for everyone. It's less onerous if we all do it at once!

(Kit is no doubt excellent in emergencies, but she's far away so we have to make do with local substitutes.)

Emergencies by Dave (Tue Aug 30 12:26:31 2005)

Jump bags? We're being air-dropped in case of emergency? I'm pretty sure I didn't sign on for that.

Re: Emergencies by Trip (Wed Aug 31 11:54:13 2005)

If being air-dropped doesn't seem preferable to your current situation, does that situation really deserve the name "Emergency"?

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27 August 2005 - Saturday

Lazy and slug-like parasite! But I did work this week, so I feel sort of justified.

Having gotten down to level 127 and killed the last remaining unique, the One Ring, I appear to have finished with zangband, at least for the time being. However, my World of Weasels account has expired for lack of love or money or something, so that time sink is unavailable. (I did send email to their support department, asking them to please advise, since I didn't get any notification about my account expiring.)

Bored parasite! So I went over and bothered Ayse and Ken to play Carcassonne and SPANC and Katamari Damacy and feed me. Everyone agreed that SPANC needs to be somehow combined with _Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot_, possibly by expanding _MNPR_ to _Catgirl, Kitty, Monkey, Ninja, Pirate_.

Ayse gave me a small grey sheep to add to my extensive collection of stuffed animals. I'm not yet sure what this sheep's name is.

Katamari Damacy is fun, though I'm not very good at it. It took me three tries to get through the first timed screen, and I only got about 58% of the available crabs to build Cancer. I'm sure practice would make less imperfect, but I'm not sure I enjoy it enough to practice more.

After feeding upon salad and bruschetta, Ayse and Ken went to play WoW, which they can now do at the same time because Ken's computer has arrived. I went home to uh lie around in a slimy heap.

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Since the only Greencine disc I have is for Marith, and she's busy working on her papers, I had to break out my last unwatched anime disc that's not scheduled for Tuesday Night Anime: Narutaru (aka Shadow Star).

The events were compressed compared to the manga, unsurprisingly, and one encounter with Strange Badness was left out entirely (which means they'll have to do something else differently in a later bit; I wonder how they'll handle that?) but it was mostly the same.

I have to say, I never pictured Shiina as having blue hair.

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Writing: check.

writing! by kit (Mon Aug 29 10:16:40 2005)

yay writing!

Re: writing! by Trip (Mon Aug 29 10:27:32 2005)

Yah. I'm happy I've gotten back on track after spazzing lamely on those two days last week.

Eventually I should take the step of requiring a certain quality or word count or something.

Re: writing! by kit (Mon Aug 29 20:36:40 2005)

As long as you're writing, don't knock it. :)

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26 August 2005 - Friday

Today's weird manga: Midori Days, in which the spirit of a young girl manifests as a miniature girl body on the end of the right arm of the guy she has a crush on (who was formerly noted for his mighty right fist of doom). Unlike some other manga, it doesn't then thrown in the kitchen sink on top of that, but the one bizarre premise is enough so far. Buh.

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Today I actually did support tickets, as well as the annoying project from yesterday. First I did tickets while the one of my fellow Mini Support Weasels who wasn't working from home read over my shoulder to make sure I wasn't lying to the customers, but then he went home early and I got bored, so I answered a couple more.

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A mysterious package arrived today, so I determined what it contained and then asked Ken what sort of bribe he would offer for his birthday present.

Now Jinian is officially mine! Er, kinda. In a not-really sort of way. But she is certainly an adorable kitty, and Ken likes his Aspect Book: Wood, so all is well.

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I finished Please Save My Earth. The ending was kind of abrubt, but I had been warned to expect that, so I didn't mind too much. It was okay, although it suffered from random paranormals with inadequate explanation. On the other tentacle, it had shonen ai.

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Writing: check.

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25 August 2005 - Thursday

Today, only some meetings! And real work, kinda!

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Chris made me watch Please Save My Earth. I am only halfway through, but it is pretty good so far. The art reminds me a bit of Hana Yori Dango.

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Writing: check. The net tried to stop me by eating my packets, but I have prevailed!

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24 August 2005 - Wednesday

I had to get up half an hour earlier today than yesterday, to get to an 8:30 meeting. This was much harder than it should have been for a mere thirty minutes.

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Now I know something about Google search appliances, and have access to mailing lists and support sites and ticketing systems and all kinds of stuff that could help me do this job. Also, I impressed a cow orker by writing a perl script that extracts information from lines in a logfile that meet a certain criterion.

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Yay, comics!

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Due to a chronic failure of communication/organization, there was neither River of Weasels nor Weaselblooded tonight, so I was kidnapped to Earl and Cat's for more Utena. Yay, Utena!

I am so not clever enough to game or write or anything.

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Writing: FAILURE.

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23 August 2005 - Tuesday

Augh! Job! Augh! New people! Augh! Complete doom! Augh!

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Okay, it wasn't really all that bad, despite the havoc wreaked upon the processes by my starting on a day which is not Monday. My new cow orkers are the right sort of freaks, possibly more right than the last set of cow orkers. On the other hand, I will have to explain to customers how the version of the search appliance they bought cost a tenth as much as the other version because it has many fewer features.

Today, though, was a lot of meetings. Now I know some stuff. However, it is very difficult to remain awake in a dark room while someone reads off PowerPoint slides.

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Now everyone at Tuesday Night Anime has seen as much ROD the TV as I have. No idea what happens next!

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I have finally finished watching the disc of Gunslinger Girl that I have, so I can send it back to Greencine.

Mind control has side effects? Who would have guessed?

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Writing: FAILURE.

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22 August 2005 - Monday

What, you thought I was going to do something useful on my last day of unemployment?

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I figured it would be too hard to find my place in A Miracle of Science, so I might as well reread from the beginning. I just finished (well, got to the current page), and I have to say, it still rocks! I recommend that all geeks and other people read this webcomic.

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The above notwithstanding, I have finally stopped being a huge lamer (in this one respect) and done what every medical person of any description I've met in the past couple of years has nagged me about, and tested my blood sugar.

It's fine.

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Writing: check.

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21 August 2005 - Sunday

I wish I could remember more of the pretty cool dream I had this morning. I was a wizard, and apparently a pretty powerful one, but was just hanging around my sanctum not bothering anyone when suddenly I was attacked by a witch and her blue dragon- or serpent-like spirit minion. Since they knew where my sanctum was, I went somewhere else -- a diner, maybe? Someplace where there were mundanes around, anyway. The witch and her minion found me again, of course. I sealed the building against them ("By the ten thousand cherubim and seraphim, I deny you entry") but it didn't hold. I had to call up Michael and Raphael to cover my escape, and even they could only buy me time to find a warehouse to take refuge in. This time the minion came hunting me on its own, and I was able to stab a staff through one of its four eyes. That didn't take it out, but did discombobulate it enough that I could tell it was built on the ghost of someone I had known. Then I was able to talk to the ghost and lay it to rest, solving one problem. However, then the witch caught up, and I was running out of ways to escape...

Oh, and everyone I talked to in the dream knew me by a different name, of course.

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While failing to get up (a habit I need to break by Tuesday morning!) I was flipping through Dreaming Cities, which as a Guardians of Order product contains the Tri-Stat system. Tri-Stat is just as broken as when we gave up on it for Home Front, but it got me thinking about Anti-Hero again.

Unfortunately, the more I think about Anti-Hero, the more it diverges from Hero. I still want to have one roll determine both attack success and attack damage. I want lethal and nonlethal damage to be on the same scale. I want the lethality or nonlethality of an attack to be determined by comparing some attribute of the attack to some attribute of the target (so Captain Sledgehammer's punch is lethal to a normal, semi-lethal to a SWAT agent in full armor, and nonlethal to The Mighty Defendo).

Feel free to mock me now.

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Wow. Just wow.

I think I'll die in a pit now.

Feel free to mock me even more.

(Images are local copies; originals here (scroll down).)

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Yay, Adventures of Jehanne & Alazaïs!

Last session was the all-talking episode, so this time we had the all-fighting episode! Our Heroines and their entourage descended into the Pit of Doom and Despair beneath the kobold mines to smite the Horrible Evil Undead Dwarves, and did so! Because they were smart enough to talk to the kobolds first, they had some idea what to prepare for and were not paralyzed and sucked dry like flies in a web. Despite fighting undead, Alazaïs did remarkably well, thanks to a spell that let her magic sword ignore damage reduction and eight rounds of Haste. Now they have the heart of a dwarven lich-mummy thing, made of rock salt, and some random magic stuff. Sadly, the kobolds are not likely to accept just the huge piles of dwarven burial goods in the tomb as their cut, so next session will probably also feature lots of combat.

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Writing: check.

dreams by liralen (Mon Aug 22 11:45:44 2005)

Wow. I admire your dreams, including the one you sent with the password. Wow.

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20 August 2005 - Saturday

Doinked around at zangband, but still nothing interesting. Perhaps I will soon give up and retire the character.

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Additional Kenday festivities! Anyway there were hamburgers and Yes Prime Minister, and then some Brine Shrimp of Cataan. Apparently two large mojitos is about the right handicap for Ken, since he was one of the four players (out of five) who had 11 victory points just before I managed to build a settlement and win.

In between all this, Dave demonstrated Katamari Damancy, which is quite possibly the most surreal video game ever. Ayse was quite taken by it, and spent much of the evening rolling things up, even between turns of Brine Shrimp. Since Dave's thumb was suffering from too much Katamari Damancy, she prevailed upon him to leave it at her place until she can get her own copy. I think it was a hit.

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Because, basically, I have no taste, I watched more Ikki Tousen before falling over. But hey, now I can send the DVD back to Greencine in exchange for another one!

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Writing: check.

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19 August 2005 - Friday

HAPPY HAPPY KENDAY!!

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I WIN!

To be precise, I have won zangband by killing the Serpent of Chaos. Now I have "***WINNER***" in light blue under my character's name, and got some ph4t l3wts that I don't actually want to use (permanently cursed & prevents teleportation, anti-magic shell & aggravates monsters). I went down a few more levels, because I could, but I'm not sure there's actually any more plot to be found, despite mutterings in the documentation.

Maybe I should switch back to World of Weasels.

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I now have information on when and where and who for starting work on Tuesday, so I guess it's really going to happen. Whee!

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Went grocery shopping. Got candles and matches for the Kenday cake, but failed to buy shampoo, which is what I really meant to buy. Bah.

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Kenday festivities! Not all that festive, but there was singing, and cake, and present-giving. Also there was Shaolin Soccer, which is still a fine, fine movie. Yay for friends!

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Writing: check.

Lack of Shampoo by Dave (Mon Aug 22 09:56:00 2005)

It's just as well, really - I doubt shampoo would compliment the cake.

Winner! by liralen (Mon Aug 22 11:44:02 2005)

Yay! You're a Winner!! And have far more patience than I. Wow.

Re: Winner! by Trip (Mon Aug 22 12:36:27 2005)

Or at least far more wilingness to cheat with copied save files. ::)

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18 August 2005 - Thursday

Ack! I have succumbed to a LJ meme! At least I'm not posting to LJ. I'm sure I'd never hear the end of it if I did.

1. Go here.

2. Pass it on.

My randomly generated questions and their answers:

1.~How did you meet ambar? I don't remember.

2.~What would you do if you had never met yessod? Not approve of diony marrying him.

3.~What do you honestly think of dtm? He's okay for a married, spawning church-goer.

4.~Would or did czr and gconnor go out? Very unlikely.

5.~Have you ever liked tuftears? Sure!

6.~If 1200seconds died tomorrow, what is one thing that you would need him/her to know? I have dibs on his brain!

7.~Would kirbyk and amberley make a good couple? No.

8.~Describe tersa in 3 words: Tall. Snarky. Crafty.

9.~Do you think tahnan is hot? Not bad!

10.~Would 1200seconds and whatitslike make a lovely couple? I don't think so.

11.~What do you think of when you see gconnor? Alta Vista. RIP.

12.~Tell me something humiliating about amberley: When I argue with him, I'm usually wrong.

13.~Do you know any of jiniancat's family members? Yes.

14.~What's amberley's favorite color? No idea. Hard x-rays, probably.

15.~On a scale of 1-10 how cute is incandescens? 7

16.~What would you do if silkiemom just professed their undying love for you? Total brain shutdown!

17.~What language does czr speak? The language of luuuuv, or so he says.

18.~Who is gregbo going out with? No one, so far as I know.

19.~Is rmd a boy or a girl? Girl, but streamlined.

20.~Would diony and silkiemom make a good couple? Sure!

21.~Who do you think jimweasel would be great with from this list? ambar.

22.~When was the last time you talked to tahnan? Years and years ago.

23.~What is tuftears's favorite band? No idea.

24.~Does kirbyk have any siblings? I think so.

25.~Would you ever date jiniancat? No, but my hat might.

26.~Would you ever date tersa? Doesn't seem likely

27.~Is jimweasel single? Yes? No? Maybe?

28.~What is amberley's last name? It starts with an R.

29.~What is diony's middle name? Jo

30~What is dtm's fantasy? An uninterrupted night's sleep, most likely.

31.~Where does rmd live? Boston.

32.~Would you make out with ambar? Probably.

33.~Are yessod and jiniancat best friends? Very good friends, anyway.

34.~Does tersa like amberley? I don't know if they've even met.

35.~How did you meet diony? It's all Bryant's fault.

36.~Is tahnan older than you? I don't think so.

37.~Is whatitslike the sexiest person alive? Alas, no.

Okay, you may now commence being offended.

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Oh, yah, I should have done laundry today. Well, too late now! I guess instead I will have to watch Farscape.

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Writing: check.

lj meme! by marith (Thu Aug 18 20:42:16 2005)

I'm offended by the random name generator for not mentioning me! :)

social life by gregbo (Thu Aug 18 21:57:33 2005)

Funny how my social life seems to have become a topic of discussion lately, even in randomly-generated LJ memes ...

lj mean! by Liralen (Mon Aug 22 11:43:28 2005)

Hey! It didn't mention me, either! :-)

So nothing to be offended at, humph!

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17 August 2005 - Wednesday

No one has yet come up with a reason for Google to not accept me as a contractor. Allegedly tomorrow I will found who to report to, where to find them, and what time I should show up on Tuesday morning.

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Coffeehouse. Zangband. Ayse and Marith. Later, Ken.

Friends are good. Even when they try to get me back into Kingdom of Loathing.

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Yum, snap peas!

For a change, I closed the computer and did something else while eating! Not anything new, mind you, but still!

The first four episodes of Wandaba Style are pretty weird. Not the rip-off-your-worldview-and-beat-you-to-death-with-the-stump of FLCL, but... going to the Moon with the power of carbonation?

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Since I have a gmail account which I didn't previously have, I was able to make a new KoL character and get through some of the beginning stuff. Sadly, I played after the nightly refresh, so now I have no more adventures until tomorrow night!

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Writing: check.

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16 August 2005 - Tuesday

Ow. My brain.

(Harry Potter spoilers, ish.)

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I think I answered most of the phone scream questions to one degree or another, but I got all flustered and forgot the names of everything and the details of traceroute and now they probably hate me and don't want anything to do with me. (Yes, I know lots of people get flustered in interviews, but this is Google: they enjoy hating candidates and not wanting anything to do with them.)

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Okay, okay, maybe they didn't hate me that much. My start date is probably next Tuesday or so, unless some horrible issue suddenly leaps up and starts clubbing them about the head and shoulders.

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Tuesday Night Anime suffered no untoward interruptions. Yay Furuba!

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Writing: check.

interview by gregbo (Tue Aug 16 17:50:57 2005)

Will you get an opportunity to try for a full-time position again?

Re: interview by Trip (Tue Aug 16 18:00:42 2005)

That I do not know, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Starting Tuesday by Jeremy (Wed Aug 17 12:25:10 2005)

Wo0t! Paychecks are good.

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15 August 2005 - Monday

I understand that when, in a business context, someone says they'll call and let you know what's going on at time X, it means they won't call and you'll have to call them. I am resigned to this. However, I find it deeply annoying for the person to then act all put-upon when you have to go and nag them to extract the information that they promised they would have already given you.

Yes, I know it's human nature. Human nature is stupid and annoying.

Anyway, I finally managed to learn that my phone scream has been rescheduled for 11:30 tomorrow. Now, 24 hours of anticipatory nervousness!

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Hm. I seem to have failed to hide successfully from the much larger and better-armed ship that hates me for not knuckling under to his extortion scheme. Now I am even less well-armed, and have no life support system. This makes me a sad parasite.

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I attempted to go grocery shopping, but was waylaid by the remaining half of Mélusine (Sarah Monette). I had to read it! It was lying there on the coffee table whispering, "Finish me... You know you want to... Only a couple of hundred pages left..."

Big points for good names and slang. It's hard to do, but so excellent when it's done right. (See also the Hellflower books by eluki bes shahar for it being done right.) Because this is half a book that was too big to publish in one unit, the plot is kind of slow, but it does move, and the two threads do get woven together. This volume even ends with the resolution of one plot thread, which hopefully puts our heroes in a better position to give the villain what he deserves.

It seems that the name "Mildmay" is pronounced with a long i (like the adjective) but he's a lot more butch than the name suggests.

The magic is a little cooler than standard fantasy magic, if for no other reason than the factionalism and schools of thought and the resulting arguments are well-described. Plus, mazes!

Read it! You'll like it!

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I did eventually successfully buy a rotated chicken and no dates.

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Marith twisted my tentacles cruelly until I watched some Nero Wolfe with her. I don't know which series it was, but the story was The Doorbell Rang, which was Nero Wolfe vs the FBI. It was kind of silly, and the I was unable to narrow the costuming down to less than "uh... sometime between 1930 and 1960, I think", but still pretty entertaining.

After Marith scuttled away, I watched the first five episodes of Petite Princess Yucie. It was cute, but probably not interesting enough to get a high place in the queue of things to watch.

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14 August 2005 - Sunday

Slept in a lot. Lazy parasite! Also, finished rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, because I had forgotten most of what happened when I read HP& the Half-Blood Prince.

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Still lazy. Did feed the cats, and post about New Dr Who, but otherwise, useless.

Still thinking about NDrW. Obviously I should be getting the files from Christy and burning them to DVDs of my very own which I may fondle and watch and lend out.

Anyway, as my tiny brain continues to process the 585 minutes of television I fed it yesterday, it has produced some more thoughts, which are Very Spoileriffic.

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At least I successfully got out of the house to eat something involving vegetables.

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Writing: check.

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13 August 2005 - Saturday

Sproing! Awake! Feed the cats! Zoom to Chrisber and Christy's place for the Marathon of New Dr Who!

I think we had at various points both Bertanis, myself, Earl (but not Cat, who used all her social neurons at Worldcon), Gretchen (but not Brad), Jen & Michael (of LARP fame), Jim, Angie, Ellie, Harold & ChrisZ, Cyrano, and Dave. Maybe one or two more people I'm forgetting. It was quite a party! As is typical with gathering in which Christy is involved, there were all kinds of food and drink and conversation and it was pretty swell, if kind of loud.

After feasting upon breakfast, we started the main event, and wow. Some things are the same: exterior appearance of the TARDIS and its (de)materialization noise; appearance, vocalizations, and backstory of Daleks; the swirly tunnel and music through which the TARDIS travels in the opening credits. Vaguer thematic things are same too: the Doctor tries to talk monsters down, many aliens are humanoid, much action takes place on Earth (especially in the UK), monsters explode messily when killed. However, this is so very much not your father's Dr Who: The Doctor in a leather jacket! Characters who are not completely asexual! Use of the Internet to save the world! Real special effects!

At the risk of being burned for heresy, I will say that it was actually GOOD, instead of just charming for its BBC cut-rate quirkiness. Woot!

I have even more to say, but I'll hide the spoilers behind a cut so I don't get masscred by those not fortunate enough to have seen this very very excellent show.

I was reminded of Gretchen's Time Lord character Flitterby Fred from the one or two sessions of Time Lord Hero Chrisber ran back in the Paget Street days. At the time, she didn't seem to quite fit into the Dr Who universe, but now I see that she was merely ahead of her time. As it were.

Usually when I sit on a couch and watch TV, it's with Marith and/or Ayse, so it was kind of strange to sit next to Angie, who is !snuggle_ok (at least to slimy parasitic creatures), but I mostly managed to keep my tentacles to myself. Perhaps in compensation, I ate more dates than I should have (ie, any at all), but they were yummy.

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Nine and a half hours of television (and a couple hours of breaks and running around) later, I stumbled back home, eyes square but brain very pleased. The cats were not too oppressed at being fed so late, but I felt guilty anyway.

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Writing: check. (Although just barely, since by the time I finished cat-feeding, it was after 23:00 and my brain was very tired.)

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12 August 2005 - Friday

Today I got up and splooted around and then leapt on the bus to go have yummy Thai lunch with Angie and Marith! Since I rarely see Angie and don't eat much Thai food these days, there was double yay! (Er, not that I don't like Marith, but I see her many times per week, so it wasn't as much of a special occasion.) Angie has blue hair, is enjoying her education and getting a 4.0, looks great, and is generally doing as well as could be expected, or possibly a bit better.

After that, I went to the optometrist's for my 14:30 appointment. I was early by quite a lot but didn't mind because I had a book (Mélusine, by Sarah Monette, which I am liking so far but will write more about later). The doctor's 13:30 appointment cancelled, though, so I got in almost right away, and that was okay too.

Apparently my eyes are almost the same shape as last time I they were measured for glasses; no idea whether they just have changed, or whether I got more near-sighted and am now getting compensatorially far-sighted with increasing age and decrepitude. Anyway, I should have glasses in about two weeks (I went for the extra-thin lens material, which takes longer because it has to come from a speciality lab or something). Fortunately insurance brings the price down to about 40% of the egregious full price, so I will not be forced to choose between eyesight and redundant kidneys. Did glasses cost this much last time I bought them?

When I got home, there were agitated messages on my voicemail, timestamped about five minutes after I left to go to lunch, telling me that Google wanted to phone scream me at 13:30. Since at 13:30 I had been sitting on a bench outside the optometrist's, and I wasn't hearing the messages until more like 15:30, this was sort of a failure. However, I managed to get in contact with Taos, and they will try to reschedule something for Monday. I expect the person at Google will not think that my failure to be available on two hours' notice is completely unreasonable, and it will all be okay.

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I didn't expect Burst Angel to be any good, and judging by the first four episodes, it's not. It kind of wants to be Bubblegum Crisis (girls, truck, mecha, hapless male, unsympathetic police, parts of Tokyo made post-apocalyptic by quake, evil megacorps) in a more modern style, but fails to be interesting. I think it is to BGC as Chris says Madlax is to Noir: each individual element turned up to eleven, at the expense of coherence and characterization.

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Dave passed me the key for taking care of the cats. Hopefully I will not be so lame that I let them starve, although it is pretty certain that they will claim they have been starved cruelly for all the time Ayse and Ken are away.

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Writing: check.

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11 August 2005 - Thursday

Readingu, readingu, la la la!

Bad reading: Honey Mustard vol 1 (Ho-Kyung Yeo). If I were unkind, I'd say it's like someone got the paint-by-number kit for a romantic comedy without having actually seen one.

Good reading: Bizenghast vol 1 (M Alice LeGrow), the story of a girl who gets sucked into a creepy town and the creepy things she has to do there. I'm not sure I should like this as much as I did, but I did. The art is a bit uneven in places, but I was suitably charmed anyway. Hopefully it will not take a year for another volume to come out.

More good reading: Empire of Bones (Liz Williams). I like everything else of hers I've read, so I'm not sure why I didn't read this until now. It's good too. Cool alien biotech that isn't entirely like regular tech with slime, and lots of pheromonal communication; how can you go wrong?

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Sniff! Ayse and Ken are going away! Only for the weekend, but still!

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Hm. This key I got for the purpose of feeding the cats does not work. That's bad. Fortunately Dave has a good key.

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Three more episodes of Gunslinger Girl. Okay, the cyborgs are a bit older than I thought (11-12 rather than 9-10) but I don't think that makes the Italian government less evil.

Then, because hey, it wasn't past midnight yet, I watched the first two episodes of Farscape season 2. So far, I like Crais more and Chrichton less than in first season.

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Writing: check.

crais by kit (Sun Aug 14 11:07:06 2005)

I like Crais. siiiigh Not as much as Crichton, but I like him. :)

Damn, you're making me want to watch Farscape, and I don't even OWN most of it!

Re: crais by Trip (Sun Aug 14 14:06:08 2005)

So watch it! Or make Ted buy and run the Farscape RPG!

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10 August 2005 - Wednesday

Back to being useless, pretty much. I went and got comics and uh... Yah.

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Hounds of Balazar having died due to persistent lack of shaman and focus, we started a new campaign, River of Cradles. Still Glorantha, probably still Fantasy Hero, but it's not like we've really needed a system so far. Heck, we barely have characters!

Dave has abandoned us, because he doesn't like our gaming or something, but Harold might join, and in theory Bernie will be able to game again someday, so perhaps RoC will continue.

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Watched the first two episodes of Gunslinger Girl, which is about creepy prepubescent Italian cyborg death machines. Unlike most anime cyborgs, these ones can actually pass for unmodified humans, and don't (so far) glow or change shape or anything dramatic like that. They just shoot people and occasionally display superhuman strength. I have to approve.

It is so very obvious why [SPOILER], but I think it's supposed to be.

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Writing: check.

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9 August 2005 - Tuesday

Not the least useless day ever, but still a lot better than yesterday! I did a bunch of random chores, hassled Taos, requested a refill on a prescription before running entirely out, made an appointment to have my eyes measured for new glasses (14:30 on Friday), and uh something else.

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We started Fruits Basket tonight, and Marith and Dave (who had not seen it before) approved. (We already knew Neil and I liked it.) I think "poison wave" is a better translation than "harmful vibe", though.

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Reading the d20 version of Talislanta, which I picked up for (relatively) cheap at Gamescape. Such a clunky conversion to d20. So many tyops. Such incomplete rules. And yet, so many weird races. Perhaps I was insufficiently ambitious in the setting for SMS.

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Writing: check.

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8 August 2005 - Monday

Most useless day EVER.

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Marith finally came over to watch disc 11 of Saiyuki, which contains both present and past doom.

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Final disc of Earth Defense Family! The ending might not have followed as well from everything before as it might, but I think it still worked okay. Possibly I show this to Marith, so she can mock the depiction of dysfunctional families in anime. I bet she could get a paper out of it.

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Writing: check.

anime by Marith (Tue Aug 9 23:22:19 2005)

Don't I usually admire the depiction of dysfunctional families in anime?

Paper fodder is good!

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7 August 2005 - Sunday

Grocery shopping. Then, because I had bought as much as I could carry, grocery shopping again. Then, gaming!

This was a talking session, but we did find out some about the Evil Diamond of Earth-Moving, and the dwarf lich thing that wants it back. Next stop, Dwarf Central! We think.

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More Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. The plot is obviously thickening, but since this is the end of what I own, I will not find out what it congeals into for some time yet!

Too much to carry by Jeremy (Tue Aug 9 07:56:02 2005)

Have you considered a floating disk from Tenser's?

Or failing that, maybe one of those folding wire thingies with wheels that my grandmother used to shop with. I mean the general type of device, not the specific wheels she used.

Re: Too much to carry by Trip (Tue Aug 9 10:58:11 2005)

Yah, I have one of those, but I failed to take it along, because I had not planned on buying quite that much.

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6 August 2005 - Saturday

Stayed in bed too long reading more Thraxas. Still silly.

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Went to coffeehouse with Marith. Wrote some, played some zangband. Jormungand the Midgard Serpent is dead!

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Ken fed us all (except Marith) vegetablarian stir-fry, and we watched the last episode of Yes Minister/first episode of Yes Prime Minister. It went broadly how I expected it to, in terms of "How the hell does Jim Hacker become PM?", but was still funny.

After that, we (less Dave, who wandered off for unclear reasons) played Carcasonne. Since our previous Carcassone experience ranged from 0 to 2 games, I'm sure we were huge feebs, but it was fun, even though Ken won the first game. After that, Marith evaporated and Ken, Ayse, and I played another game. At some points during the game, Ken's and my scores combined were almost as much as Ayse's!

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Last two episodes of first season of Farscape. Okay, that's a pretty good cliffhanger!

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5 August 2005 - Friday

Bah, still no word from Taos about the alleged phone scream.

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Woo hoo! I ran into a level with all four of Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos; Shub-Niggurath, Black Goat of the Woods; Nyogtha, the Thing that Should not Be; and Yig, Father of Serpents. Now they are all dead! Soon, the Serpent of Chaos will have no uniques to summon!

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Went to Lee's to get some more Bleach. I now have all of 1-8, except 5.

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Yay Sailor Moon R! Chibi-Usa is still evil, but more sympathetic.

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Stayed up too late reading Thraxas (Martin Scott), an omnibus of the first two Thraxas novels. They are quite silly.

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Writing: check.

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4 August 2005 - Thursday

Bleach volumes 2 and 3 are still good. And look, some small amount of moral complexity!

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I went to the Borders in Palo Alto to get books that people were talking about on LJ, but although I found one copy of one (sorry, Marith!), no one could find the five copies of the other that the inventory system swore were in the store. If they ever find them, they'll give me a call, allegedly.

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More Farscape. Eep, new villain! And his sidekick is such a stereotypical Evil Space Babe: tight-fitting, vaguely impractical black leather outfit, long straight hair with bangs, purple lipstick. I am amused.

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Writing: check.

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3 August 2005 - Wednesday

Yay, Shaun got me volumes 1 and 3 of Bleach! Now I can see what all the fuss is about!

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Went into Taos to annoy people. Allegedly I should be hearing about a phone scream in a (work) day or three.

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Finished reading Tales of Pain & Wonder (Caitlín Kiernan). Those are some darn creepy stories. And also Lovecraftian, but with the squalor and decadence updated. I fear this woman. And I want her brain, although I think I'd boil it first.

Then, on to Bleach! Hm, okay, not bad. So far not as much with the angst as some other manga, but it's not like the main characters have lead/are leading easy lives. The art style is a bit strange, or at least somewhat differently strange than the shoujo manga I've been reading lately. The monsters are pretty creepy.

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We actually had a full complement for Dragonblooded tonight, so it's probably good that this is the night when we got into an all-out fight with the cannibal barbarian cultists. Also, we buttered up some of the old gods of the city, and got Information and a place to set up camp. Also, the first of the Ph4t L3wts, which my character appreciates most: highly advanced First PDAs for record-keeping!

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More Spiral! It's into full brain-vs-brain action, with deathtrap games and everything!

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Writing: check.

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2 August 2005 - Tuesday

Still no word from Taos/Google. Still not ready to take on the Serpent of Chaos. Still not king.

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Final episode of Saikano! Will the Earth be destroyed? If you weren't there, you may never find out!

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Die, Azathoth! Die, Cthulhu! And send me your buddies so they can die too!

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Greencine delivered unto me the first disc of Spiral, so I started watching it. Huh. The main character appears to be solving problems by being smart, and knowing where to get information. I don't think we've seen him even kick anyone in the shins yet. How unprecedented!

I must keep watching! Er, tomorrow, because now it is late.

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Writing: check.

Still not king by Jeremy (Fri Aug 5 08:28:14 2005)

Still the prettiest!

Re: Still not king by Trip (Fri Aug 5 17:00:32 2005)

You're just saying that because you think Rachel is an unbiased judge!

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1 August 2005 - Monday

Today I read A Brother's Price (Wen Spencer), which was a pretty amusing romance set in a world where women outnumber men about ten to one, so (almost) all men have the overprotected status and value of princesses in a typical pseudo-medieval fantasy. The setting strikes me as post-holocaust, although if it is, it's well into the future, and I have no idea what they did to their genome. Anyway, the world-building isn't bad, and the main character is pretty appealing.

Also watched some Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex. Poor killer robots!

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Writing: check.

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