Previously, in Trip's Life...

30 April 2009 - Thursday

Work: Hours of phone interview survived: 0.5. Notices about my failure to sign my unemployment weasel responded to with signature: 1. State tax refund checks received: 1.

Unemployed Barbie says, "Interviewing is hard! Let's go get jobs through nepotism!"

Visual Entertainments: Third disc of Pumpkin Scissors. The evil conspiracy is becoming more apparent!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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29 April 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Phone interviews arranged for tomorrow: 1.

Gaming: Finished reading Swashbucklers of the 7 Skies which is pretty darn cool. Too bad I can't run PDQ games to save my life.

Gaming, cont: Mike is in Boston, so instead of playing Earthdawn we played Kingsblood. Ken and Dave won.

Food: Ken made us pasta with raab, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts; and also sausage. Yum!

Cats: I feel bad about not paying more attention to Marmalade, but Ghirardelli is the one who comes and pesters me for attention!

Writing: FAIL. Because I suck.

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28 April 2009 - Tuesday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender 1-2: Yay non-honkie characters! Yay extra surface area! Yay hexpenguins!
  • Kaleido Star II 24: Well, okay, but what's left for episodes 25 and 26 now?
  • Bleach 127-128: Orihime and Rukia defeat everyone for the win, I'm telling you.
  • Black Lagoon 21: Surely this will end well!

Food: Yay eating less pizza!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL fail faility fail.

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27 April 2009 - Monday

Work: Sent followup queries to Yahoo! and the people who I am studying up on performance for, but otherwise fail.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the second disc of Pumpkin Scissors. Then, watched the first disc of 009-1, which is sexy cyborg secret agent action set in the future but very 60s-retro in art, setting, and story. (This turns out to be because it's based on a manga that ran from 1957 to 1970.)

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL, always fail.

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26 April 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: One of the eladrin pansyboy fencers was lame beyond belief, but the other one managed to put Roger down after enough of a fight that he had to take him seriously. Then everyone went haring off to the ancient tiefling city now surrounded by volcanoes, which I hadn't expected. Orc berserkers distracted them from actually reaching the volcanoes this session, so hopefully by next session I will be more prepared. Also Naled will be completely confused by what his freakish new friends have gotten him into.

And, level UP! Wow, two daily powers! I will have to send more horrible monsters against them!

Cats: Ghirardelli steals my seat every time I get up! He is adorably fluffy, but pretty obnoxious!

Writing: FAIL.

Volcanoes by Rachel (Wed Apr 29 22:02:40 2009)

Damaia rules! Of course she'd head for a tiefling city and volcanoes. Everyone else was just pulled in her wake. Mmm, lava.

The orc berserkers were pansies too. Two, count them two daily powers!

Re: Volcanoes by Trip (Thu Apr 30 17:34:17 2009)

Did I mention that the volcanoes are infested with harpies, sodden ghouls, and madwraiths?

Re: Volcanoes by Jeremy (Mon May 4 23:20:13 2009)

Damaia can go first!

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25 April 2009 - Saturday

Work: Read the section on performance analysis and tuning in The Linux Programmer's Toolbox, which is not like becoming an expert but is like being slightly less ignorant.

Gaming: Blargh. Well, I have the Monster Manual so I can always just make up an encounter once the PCs get themselves into trouble.

Visual Entertainments: Started the second disc of Pumpkin Scissors.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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24 April 2009 - Friday

Work: Still no word from Yahoo!. Bah.

Gaming: I have to run D&D4 on Sunday, but I have no real idea what to do. Bah.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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23 April 2009 - Thursday

Thermions: Less plentiful today!

Work: I should be learning things, but I'm not. Bah.

Visual Entertainments: Disc two of Welcome to the NHK. Hey, look, now they've got a romance plot. I wonder what other genres we'll visit. (But poor Misaki. That is the densest male lead I have seen in quite a while.)

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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22 April 2009 - Wednesday

Work: If the recruiter's client doesn't laugh out loud when she sends them my resume, I might have an interview next week. I better brush up on performance analysis and tuning under Linux.

Visual Entertainments: We have finished the story episodes of xxxHolic, and they concluded with a good bit! However, Ayse had to go home and sleep before we could watch the side story episode.

Next time for sure!

Cats: Maddie-cat still doesn't like me. Sniff.

Writing: FAIL.

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21 April 2009 - Tuesday

Thermions: still DO NOT WANT.

Work: Resumes sent out: 1. Prescriptions filled cheaply at Target instead of expensively at Long's: 4. Yahoo! interview feedback received: 0.

Gaming: Finally I have Arcane Escalation Guide Power! Now I can make Lycoris all-powerful! Or at least make up for her being the weakest class in the game.

Visual Entertainments:

  • 39-40: Eh, she wasn't using those lungs anyway. Also, THE END.
  • 23: Go Layla-san!
  • 19-20: Black and withered though it may be, Revy does have a heart, unlike Balalaika.
  • 126: I think Rukia and Orihime should ditch the rest of the cast and go solve the problem themselves. But perhaps I am not quite the target demographic for shounen anime.

Next week, Avatar! Two weeks after that, Code Geass! The week after that, something else! I should probably decide what, and obtain it.

Cats: Ghirardelli really doesn't like it when I try to get the mats out of his fur, but his fur is so wonderful I can't resist trying to de-yuckify it. :(

Writing: FAIL.

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20 April 2009 - Monday

Thermions: DO NOT WANT.

Work: FAIL.

Gaming: In theory I could make something like this, if only I were cool enough. Bah. (link via Carl)

Visual Entertainments: Finished the first disc of Welcome to the NHK, which is still weird, but seems to be settling into the "show otaku culture to the straights" genre.

Cats: Some cats have a lot to say in the morning!

Writing: FAIL.

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19 April 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: Now that the moving is really truly finally over, we can play Thrace again! This session, Lycoris got to "magically" disguise herself and infiltrate a hoe-down to look for necromancers, and then we checked out the old graveyard hill and found not only more undead, but gnolls, hyenas, traces of a ritual (zombie sacrifice?!) and the entrance to a dungeon. Sadly, we used most of our daily powers in the fight on the surface, so we may not be able to actually raid the dungeon before the necromantic cult has a chance to clear out.

Food: Ken made Easter-with-rain-check dinner, and we feasted! Ham! Glaze on ham! Leeks! Peas! Cheeses! Happiness!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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18 April 2009 - Saturday

Work: Marith lured me into helping her coffee-shop acquaintence Esfandiar set up a server and router in his apartment so they can talk to the network and wake-on-LAN. Apparently I'm out of practice, because I forgot the first law of networking issues: if you're so certain that the problem is not with the cabling that there's no point in checking, the problem is in the cabling. But eventually it worked!

Visual Entertainments: Started Welcome to the NHK!. Weird.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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17 April 2009 - Friday

Work: FAIL

Modern Medicine: Even though I've been stressedly slacking off on eating properly, my ichor numbers are still quite good. Yay me, I guess.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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16 April 2009 - Thursday

Work: I spent all morning being interviewed by Yahoo! people. It was in-depth technical interview, and showed quite well that I'm a complete idiot.

Visual Entertainments: Final disc of Ultramaniacs. Aww!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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15 April 2009 - Wednesday

Work:No actual job-hunting, but I think I successfully extracted money from my new-found old account.

Gaming: Earthdawn! But Ayse was sick or pregnant or dead or something and went to bed early, and I was too sleepy to try to outtalk Mike, so mostly we watched him almost get us all sunk to the bottom of the river as spies. Also, there was a hint that we should be dealing with the magically-enslaved steam pirates.

Food: Ken fed me chicken soup so I ended up not eating cold leftover pizza after all. This is probably a win.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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14 April 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Wait, that account still has money in it? Huh, I thought it had withered away long ago. I guess things are not as bad as they looked yesterday!

Visual Entertainments:

  • Rose of Versailles 37-38: We expected that to happen well before now.
  • Black Lagoon 18: And the winner is... Benny!
  • Kaleido Star II 21-22: If you want to be oppressed properly, you have to do it yourself.
  • Bleach 125: Why do I think they're not going to use either of the two obvious solutions we came up with?

Cats: Twelve fliffy paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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13 April 2009 - Monday

Work: Interview requests acceded to: 1.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the disc of Pumpkin Scissors, and watched the penultimate disc of Ultramaniacs which GreenCine finally sent me after I've had the last disc sitting unwatched for months.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: FAIL.

Greencine sets by Carl (Wed Apr 15 00:25:33 2009)

You don't use Greencine's ability to define a set of discs and tell it "don't send the #2 disc until you've sent me #1?" I found that very useful, back before I dropped Greencine when they moved to LA and started taking 2 weeks instead of 1 day to send me the next disc. (They might have fixed that by now.)

Re: Greencine sets by Trip (Wed Apr 15 11:21:43 2009)

Like many automated processes, it works great until a human gets involved. :(

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12 April 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: Earl has somehow not been put off gaming forever, so his wizard was available to provide flaming spheres for the Palo Alto D&D4 game. Despite that, Naled was the only survivor of an enconter with one sodden ghoul wailer and two mad wraiths that was later determined to be a dream sequence. After that hideous vision, the party went into the dungeon without any wraith seeds civilians and managed to have the fight in the large control room instead of the cramped sewers, which made it a cake walk (for suitably painful values of "cake").

The fight against the horrible things in the paddock of dead cows was allegedly of the same level as the disastrous first fight, but none of the PCs was in even slight danger of dying. I think monsters with auras should have a split level rating, depending on whether they're in an enclosed space or not.

Visual Entertainments: First two episodes of Pumpkin Scissors. So far it's following the manga pretty closely.

Cats: Ghirardelli likes sitting in the new chair, perhaps because it is black and makes him look even more chocolatey and splendid.

Writing: FAIL.

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11 April 2009 - Saturday

Vacation: Ayse and Ken and Dave and Marith and Earl and Cat and Carl took me to Santa Cruz to celebrate my ancientness, only three weeks late! Yay gaming stores! Yay bookstores! Yay Perg!

Food: Brunch at Zachary's! Yum! Dinner at Mobo Sushi! Extra yum!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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10 April 2009 - Friday

Work: Resumes sent out: 1. At least I got an autoresponse.

Labor: Helped Ayse and Ken finish getting stuff out of their old place, which is now entirely empty. Yay!

Gaming: Despite moving things yon and hither, we got to San Jose in time to play New World for a little while. The PCs found an immense canyon with more bug-monsters but no life-sucking nature, and an obvious water leak on which they can blame all their troubles. Then they asked the gods for advice, so I have to come up with a cryptic vision by next time we play.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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9 April 2009 - Thursday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Donnie Darko was a very strange movie. But I think <spoiler> vg jnf npghnyyl n gvzr ybbc bs fbzr xvaq, abg whfg na bpphenapr ng Bjy Perrx orqebbz </spoiler>.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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8 April 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Phone scream with Yahoo!. I am still quite stupid, but sometimes I can realize when I have been stupid and correct myself. I'm not sure if this makes me more or less employable, since as we all know correcting yourself is deeply unAmerican.

Gaming: Earl told me about a two-page microgame he played last weekend, Ghost/Echo (PDF), which seems to handle something I've been thinking about for a while: Pyrrhic victories (aka "yes, but..."). In Ghost/Echo, when there's something you need to roll for, you have a Goal and some number of Dangers; you roll as many d3s as you have Goals and Dangers combined (or maybe one more if you are "especially well prepared"; and you assign one die to each element with 3 being good (goal achieved/danger avoided), 1 bad (goal failed/danger comes true), and 2 partial (goal partially achieved and opportunity remains for next roll/danger comes partially true and remains for next roll). This also lets the player choose when to get a "yes, but...", which is additional goodness.

I must ponder how to steal this and/or die in a pit of game design failure.

Visual Entertainments: Ayse and Ken went to Neil and Stacy's seder instead of coming to entertain Earl and Cat with the rest of us-DMT, so we watched Porco Rosso without them. It was swell!

Cats: Twelve paws of high quality!

Writing: FAIL.

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7 April 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Arranged a phone scream for tomorrow.

Visual Entertainments:

  • Rose of Versailles 35-36: It's not looking good for the French aristocracy.
  • Kaleido Star 20: Oh, were you starting to feel sympathy for Yuri?
  • Black Lagoon 16-17: I think this character has been imported from another show. One with more underwear and less sense.
  • Bleach 124: All special training, all the time!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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6 April 2009 - Monday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Pani Poni Dash! still makes almost no sense.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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5 April 2009 - Sunday

Labor: Helped Ayse and Ken remove unwanted objects to the dump, then helped Ayse and Ken shop for tables at Ikea. They bought me a computer desk and chair, because there is no escape from the generosity!

Ikea has string dispensers in the loading zone, for people who need to tie their trunks closed after filling them with oversized flat boxes. That is cleverness and win.

Gaming: After travelling and gaming and more travelling and stuff, Ayse and Ken were not up for Thrace. I can't really blame them.

Visual Entertainments: Pani Poni Dash! looks familiar, so I guess I probably did actually watch disc one before starting disc two, but I sure don't remember anything about it. Also, it is extremely surreal. Huh.

Food: Swedish meatballs, with Swedish cream gravy!

Cats: Marmalade was so very very excited to see Ayse when she came to find out why I was too incompetent to get directions to the dump off the intertubes! He's not a shy cat, but for that kind of reaction, I think he must actually remember her from when he was little, not just be interested in a new person. Aw!

Writing: FAIL.

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4 April 2009 - Saturday

Gaming: More Ptolus!

When our characters went back into the Underground Lair of Gnollish Death, there were no more gnolls, but they found the villain of the lair at home and he whupped them with a web spell and some spider-based abominations. Erika got to mock Shilukar by not dying, but the group ended up having to leave Raul as a hostage while they reported back to Castle Shard. Shilukar ended up getting in, but at least he couldn't make abominations there. For their efforts, the group got paid and were made official Friends of Castle Shard.

The drug dealer who they had retrieved the Watch of Doom for let them know that someone had hired one of his guys to whack one of them as a warning to stay away from Phon. Because they had done business together, the drug dealer was willing to help them set up a fake murder, and even tell them when and where his guy was going to get paid. Karl got "stabbed" to "death" in front of witnesses, with a bit of illusion, and Erika trailed the runner who delivered the payment to find out where the orders came from. It turned out to be Phon's former boss, brother of the guy who had hired them to investigate the Idol of Gnollishness, and probably the person who had Phon hidden away by the Fateweavers. Since they had been leaving Phon alone, this was kind of mysterious, but whatever.

The priest/activist who had hired them to look into the idol failed to return to Ptolus after the two weeks he had predicted, but there wasn't much anyone could do about that.

Karl's ancestors suggested that the time for the box to be opened was coming up, so he went to the temple of Niviril to ask about the Nineteenth Key. After ascertaining that he is the legitimate owner of the Nineteenth Lock, they told him for a moderate fee that the Key is in the House of the Pythoness. Also, there are apparently deep connections between the blue gnolls and the history or fate of Ptolus.

The House of the Pythoness was a brothel until the Knights of the Pale raided it three years ago and extirpated the chaos cult Crimson Coil that was lairing there. The nine-story castle-like building has been abandoned since then, waiting for heirs of the cult leaders to claim it. No one was really surprised that it was being used as a lair by illusion-wielding undead (not too much of a problem) or an assortment of rat-monsters of various sizes (problematic until the PCs had a chance to recover spells and buff before going back in).

Next session, we resume the dungeon haunted house crawl with a good five rounds left on the buffs! And when we finish that, LEVEL UP!

Food: Gaming munchies all day. Oog.

Cats: Still twelve paws when I got home! They hadn't even eaten all the crunchyfood I left them.

Marmalade snuggled in my arms quite extensively!

Writing: FAIL.

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3 April 2009 - Friday

Work: FAIL.

Gaming: No New World because Neil had some religious obligation, so we-ADKT just drove up to Roseville at a sane hour.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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2 April 2009 - Thursday

Work: Contracting companies talked to about a position at Apple: 1. Technical quizzes given by untechnical recruiters: 1. Technical interviews where the person failed to call me for no apparent reason: 1.

Gaming: Looks like no New World on Friday, so I can't have Marith's character eaten by bugs. Darn!

Cats: Yah, that's about right. (via Carl)

Writing: FAIL.

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1 April 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Phone interviews scheduled for tomorrow: 1½.

Gaming: We all knew gamers would go to great lengths to game, but who would have through they would even do physical labor? Anyway, we cleared enough space in the House of Boxes that we could play Earthdawn, and Ken even got to sit in the Grotty Yellow Chair of GMing (formerly resident in the garage (they have a garage!)).

The eight-legged giant crocodile turned out to be a double-ended monster assembled from two slightly more ordinary dire crocodiles, which was just as horrible as it sounds, but we prevailed with many pointy objects and even got back to town despite our native guide getting attacked by pirates with explodey weapons (or so he says). Rat-bastard Therans stole the dead crocodile, for which they must pay even though we weren't going to carry it back.

Next session, we journey toward the fabled mosquito-free paradise of Throal! Unless we get attacked by pirates with explodey weapons, of course.

Food: I lent Ken my pocketknife to cook with, so he shared bowtie pasta with bacon, asparagus, and peas. Yum!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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