Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 December 2003 - Wednesday

Did anything happen today? Not really, I guess. Sloth and zangband, although the proportions are different since the no-heater thing does keep me from being quite so logy in the mornings.

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Marith took forever and ever and ever to get ready for the NYE party, so I farmed leprechauns. When she said she was ready, I had about 120k gp. Multihued dragon scale mail, here I come!

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It was a party. There were a few parasite yummies, and some sparkling water for midnight toasts, so I wasn't completely oppressed, but I'm still a huge weird nonsweetseating unmarried freak who should die in a pit. Apparently.

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30 December 2003 - Tuesday

Yep, the weather is just fine today. Feh. Also, fooey.

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More sloth, but I think I have determined that it is due to the space heater running all night and turning my bedroom into a leth zone by morning. I will have to try removing the heater tonight.

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Whisman Station Anime! By popular request, we watched all 3 episodes of the Read Or Die OAVs in one massive lump, instead of spreading them out over three weeks. Since Dave, who is still in Atlanta, just watched them on his own a couple of weeks ago, this works out well for everyone.

Even upon third watching, I still like RoD, and it's not just because of the text (nothing sub about it!).

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Apparently when I walk by myself, I walk really fast! Now my shins hurt. But I have Ideas for TT, because walking alone is good for thinking.

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29 December 2003 - Monday

Yesterday, the weather was just fine. Tomorrow, the weather will probably be fine. Today, however, when I must make my way to Redwood City, it is pouring rain.

Despite being nearly drowned, I think I did okayish at the interview. I will be informed later whether I made it to the second round.

Blub. Sploosh.

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28 December 2003 - Sunday

Gaming! There was some confusion as to where exactly Earl and Cat live, but eventually everyone was there, and we gamed until our brains fell out. (Fortunately, we had pizza to replace them.) The good guys won, although it was a near thing, and my character almost suffered an extremely distressing fate.

I am reminded of Bryant's mention that we are huge freaks for gaming for hours and hours at a time, but I'm still not sure why this is, except that we can so rarely get together that we must make the most of it when we do. Perhaps Bryant's gaming crowd in Boston don't all have kids and houses and thousands of other time-consuming hobbies that are more important to them than gaming? I dunno.

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27 December 2003 - Saturday

Sloth. Sloth and zangband.

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Marith and I went with Earl and Cat to see Peter Pan, and it was pretty good. Even Marith, who is a fan of the original book(s), approved of it, although she said the movie honored the spirit more than the actual plot.

Tinkerbell reminds me so much of Kit.

o.o! by tinkerkit (Wed Jan 7 09:57:02 2004)

Actually, the subject there pretty much says it all. :)

Re: o.o! by Trip (Wed Jan 7 10:51:43 2004)

I rest my case!

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26 December 2003 - Friday

Since we failed to finish Christmas dinner at any convenient time yesterday, gaming with Earl and Cat had to be delayed until this afternoon. But then we played the Dork Tower board game (which is, yes, based on the Dark Tower game of ages past, although without the electronics), and it was very silly. It took longer than the 1-2 hours predicted by the box, because we're either more cautious or more backstabbing than the playtesters. I'm sure it didn't help that we ran out of experience counters due to hording and had to fling curses about with wild abandon.

Then, because we are crazed, Earl ran one-shot pick-up D&D. We only got through the investigative and philosophical portions of the adventure before having to call it a night, but so far, so good. We plan to meet again Sunday afternoon.

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25 December 2003 - Thursday

Christmas! Happy, happy Christmas!

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With extra Settlers of Cataan!

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This has been a very cooking-intensive Christmas, but the results are excellent! Ayse has roasted a capon (the chicken equivalent of a steer, which tastes like chicken only better) and stuffed it, and Ken has made the traditional stuffing of his people, and also we have mashed potatos and sweet potatos and bread and green beans and blort!

Since the capon took longer to process than expected, we didn't dine until after 20:00, but we had cheese and olives and truffles and ginger cookies to tide us over, and it was so worth the wait.

Blort!

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24 December 2003 - Wednesday

Christmas Eve!

There was some preparation for tomorrow, and a great deal of sloth, and some Settlers of Cataan, and then we went to my place and set up the Christmas tree! It is only a cheesy fake tree with built-in lights, but we put it on a table and arranged something to keep it upright, and bedecked it with shiny orbs and individual strands of tinsel ("icicles" to Midwesterners) and a gold maple leaf and a stealth lizard, and now it glows Yulishly.

Then there was more Slayers Next and everyone fell over.

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23 December 2003 - Tuesday

Free! Free! No more work this year!

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22 December 2003 - Monday

Today's fortune: "Your love life will be happy and harmonious."

Sort of renders the traditional addition moot, doesn't it?

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Yay! BevMo has the diet Stewart's orange cream! And many other diet sodas they didn't seem to carry before!

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Switched back to zangband 2.7.2, and I feel so much less incompetent! I do miss the changed object distribution, and it would be nice to try out the themed dungeon thing in a wilderness that can be travelled through without dying, but overall, it's much funner.

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The very notion of a Love Hina/Little Snow Fairy Sugar crossover is blasphemous and wrong. But, after seeing this episode of the later, impossible to not think about.

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21 December 2003 - Sunday

Today I mostly just slept in, with some reading of manga (Junko Mizuno's Princess Mermaid! Yay more Mizuno!) and much playing of zangband. I think I am getting tired of 2.7.4; the whole themed dungeon thing sounds good in practice, but when the dungeon beneath the starting town is always the same theme, and not a particularly interesting one (wheee, sewers with rats, molds, jellies, the occasional kobold, and GIANT FUCKING SLUGS), it loses appeal. And the wilderness is even more dangerous than in 2.7.2, so wandering around looking for better dungeons isn't an option until you're buff, and with drastically reduced l3wt ph4tness (no level quests, much lamer chaos patron gifts), it's hard to get buff. I think I may go back 2.7.2, even though it's not as challenging. I mean, I still die in the end, so I might as well not be so frustrated before then.

Then I went over to Ayse & Ken's to do more Chocolate Experiments. This time we learned that white chocolate truffle filling remains gooey even if you chill it, and also that if you turn up the heat too much while trying to melt white chocolate for enrobing, it will solidify, but that you can revive it by adding cream (or presumably some other source of fat, but that's what we had). However, chocolate is still yummy regardless of the shape.

Also, more Slayers Next!

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20 December 2003 - Saturday

I got woken up by an oncall, but I had no net, so I had to send the NOC to pester Greg. Feh. But then I was awake, so I finished reading the latest instantiation of Gamma World (in d20, of course; the lastest instantiation of everything is in d20) and now I want to run it. Or play it. Or something. I'm sure the urge will pass, though.

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I spent the rest of the day over at Ayse & Ken's, where we Experimented With Chocolate. What we learned was that applying the bittersweet chocolate recipe to white chocolate results in goop, not solid-yet-squishy truffle filling. But we also learned that chocolate is yummy!

Also, we cruelly watched Slayers without Dave, figuring we can lend him the tapes so he can catch up, and anyway, he's having fun without us!

Yay Slayers Next!

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19 December 2003 - Friday

Bleah, rain. Well, it's not so much the rain I object to as it raining when I'm trying to carry book things home. Fortunately nothing was damaged in such a way as to impair its readability.

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18 December 2003 - Thursday

Note to self: learn from mistakes made by others. For example, when decomissioning one data center to move the capacity to another, try bringing up some capacity at the new place before completely shutting down the old.

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Fortunately that was the only exciting thing that happened at work, so I was able to cut out early and not be late for RotK! (Even though they changed the 40's route, hmph!)

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O that is such a fine movie! You must all go and see it Right Now! Yes, even you!

I say no more, for many people dislike spoilers (and a movie adaptation is enough different than a book that it can be an issue), but O it is very very fine.

Capacity by gconnor (Sat Dec 27 22:51:58 2003)

Well, we did have capacity, I just kinda forgot to turn the big knob that says "NY<->SV". So we sent like 12% of traffic to, ah, the uh, Tokyo Datacenter for a while. Luckily that was easy to correct.

The QI problems we had later were actually a capacity problem. But I blame JT. We have a habit of planning things very carefully and then not telling absolutely everyone the plan.

Re: Capacity by Trip (Mon Dec 29 13:25:04 2003)

I was including turning the knob as an essential step in "bringing the capacity up". :) But sure, it's all JT's fault!

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17 December 2003 - Wednesday

HAPPY SILKIE DAY!!!

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My "*New User*" flag in BMO has expired! I am now one of the flagless masses!

I'm still not sure how to get a custom flag, but perhaps I will get the option after another N days or M games.

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Wow, Steel Angel Kurumi manga!

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I didn't work on SMS tonight. I didn't even read my new comics. Instead I played zangband 2.7.4 until it was way past my bedtime and I was almost frozen from not having turned the heat on.

2.7.4 is weird. It doesn't seem to have the level quests that 2.7.2 did, and chaos warrior bennies have been toned way down, so it's a lot harder. My current character is actually a warrior-mage (arcane and death), who is doing as well as any of my chaos warriors did. I wish I knew what Phlogiston did, though! Recharge, maybe?

2.7.4 feels very bleak, for some reason. Part of it is probably the shortage of cool magic items or wacky out-of-depth monsters, but I think part of it is the way the display changes the brightness to indicate what's within your line of sight vs what you're just remembering, so the map flickers like firelight against the black background as you run around.

Happy Silkie Day!!! by Silkie! (Thu Dec 18 09:49:39 2003)

Thank you!

phlogiston by Ken (Fri Dec 19 18:26:12 2003)

My understanding from overhearing is that phlogiston recharges a lantern.

Re: phlogiston by Trip (Mon Dec 22 09:43:09 2003)

So I am given to understand!

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16 December 2003 - Tuesday

Look, more work.

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Look, Millbrae. With extra motivational weasels.

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Ray hasn't cued anything up to follow Steel Angel Kurumi II, so it was a short anime night.

No anime next week, but after that I must remember to bring the Love Hina spring special and Read Or Die!

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I seem to be in a lot of BMO games.

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15 December 2003 - Monday

Ew. Monday. And work. Yucky!

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I can't say this was the worst TT session ever, but it was pretty bad. We were very very scattered, possibly because the PCs don't see any connection between this big cave and their Quest. And no more TT until January. Oh well.

On the other hand, Christy made me parasite_OK butterscotch cookies, which I er ate all of. Yummy!

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14 December 2003 - Sunday

Did I do anything today? No, I don't think so. Well, watched the first disc of Someday's Dreamers, which may fall into the "Horror, Unintentional" category. The show itself is not horrific at all, but I look at the setting and go "GAAAH!" which I don't think is what they intended.

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13 December 2003 - Saturday

Amber High School! And everyone who is currently in the game showed up! It's a good thing, too, or we might never have figured out what happened last session.

After a thankfully brief detour to Justice's homeland to warn the prince against making deals with evil black-robed creatures from beyond the moon, we obtained another suitcase of explosives, recruited some more Amberites to our plan ("Argent-sama!"), and are ready to flood some vampire machines!

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Ken made us bruschetta and excellently yummy potato salad while Marith showed off the intro to Final Fantasy 10½, and after that it was time to make ginger cookies, because it's Saint Lucia Day, and this is the tradition of our people!

Marith and Dave wandered away, and after some help with assembling ingredients, Ken retreated to his lair to play Age of Mythology, so Ayse and I did most of the work. A quadruple batch makes a WHOLE LOT of cookies, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to make the cookie eggs pretty quickly, and Ayse found another pan so we could make 16 at a time, and all was well. We didn't finish until 23:30, though.

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12 December 2003 - Friday

Suddenly, work appeared!

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This seems to be the season of disorderly affects. (Not disorderly affections; that's spring.)

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I think I am done with Tokyo Tower prep. I will continue to think this until I realize what it was I forgot. Hopefully that will occur before Monday.

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The Final Fantasy Anime is still very silly. But surreal!

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11 December 2003 - Thursday

Quote of the day:

  • When my human is in R.E.M. sleep, her eyes are not trying to escape. I do not need to catch them for her.

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Almost no work was accomplished today, but the Tied House party was paid for by the company, so I figure it counts as work time. I might even have enjoyed it, if I liked beer or noise.

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I am officially blearghy. Thus I do no work on TT nor on SMS, and feel no guilt. Really

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Okay, maybe I do a little work on TT.

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Okay, maybe a fair amount of work. Almost done, though!

Now I watch more Witch Hunter Robin.

hee! by kit (Fri Dec 12 09:39:22 2003)

*giggles and giggles and giggles*

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10 December 2003 - Wednesday

I cleverly avoided starting anything after about 15:00, so I was not stuck at work forever and ever until I couldn't get comics. I feel all clever.

I think the standards for cleverness at work have declined.

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No writing; finished most of the monster writeups for TT instead. Then Marith came over and warned me away from some stupid mistakes in Final Fantasy um whichever one it is. VII? VIII?

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9 December 2003 - Tuesday

Blargh. Some bozo was running heavy machinery (something mounted in a van; not sure if it was plumbing or industrial carpet cleaning or what) underneath my bedroom window until after midnight. Needless to say, getting up this morning was only minimally successful.

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SO. SLEEPY.

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I was afraid it was going to be raining and windy and cold and awful out, but it was only windy and chilly, so casualties were light on the trek to Ray's. When we came in, he was playing the preview for Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, which could be pretty cool. I will probably check it out.

We have finished the Love Hina TV series! Only a few special between now and stuff and I haven't seen! (So I probably shouldn't watch the Love Hina Again OAVs sitting on my TV.)

Really finished Steel Angel Kurumi II, which never decreased in silliness for even a moment.

Started Banner of the Stars II, in which things look Bad for the Good Guys. Plus, more wacky admiral action!

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8 December 2003 - Monday

YAY! BUTTONMEN ONLINE IS BACK!

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Angie, who doesn't usually watch anime with us, because we aren't cool enough, took the lunch shift in the NOC, so the rest of us could finish up El-Hazard. Yay Angie!

I think next I'll show E-H Alternative World, if people are up for it, since it's better than the second OAV set. (Having seen the OAVs, there is no need to see E-H Wanderers.)

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Another shift in the NOC, but at least I have Buttonmen to keep me occupied!

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SMS words today: 1350

SMS words total: 52564

Reason for stopping: Brain empty. Want to watch anime.

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Two more episodes of Witch Hunter Robin. It vaguely reminds me of Boogiepop Phantom, but I'm still not sure if I care enough to keep buying it. It's linear, at least.

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7 December 2003 - Sunday

I meant to get up early and write or something, but, well, we know how that goes. I did make it to the Gollubs' Gingerbread Party, by an amazing coincidence no later than Ayse & Ken, and there was Fun. Also, food other than pure sugar. Miriam, riding around on CZR's shoulders, crushed me several times. Earl & Chrisber's work of art, entitled "Devil Gummies From Mars" was crushed by Earth's gravity, or maybe human weaponry firing from just out of the picture. Christy spoke well of my NaNo. Ayse & Earl discussed their NaNos like real writers and I stood there feeling like a poser (which, after all, I am).

Then, there was sushi. Sushi was good. There was a random encounter (roll of 2395619253 through 2395619257 on 1d10000000000) with Flynn.

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Marith couldn't find the next Saiyuki DVD, so she went home to sulk and I fribbled with D&D monsters for Tokyo Tower.

After I got tired of that, I watched the first couple of episodes of Witch Hunter Robin, which is the sort of anime that has titles in jumpy, slightly blurry typewriter font and a modern soundtrack. I might like it anyway, though.

Miriam! by mony (Tue Dec 9 16:01:45 2003)

Did Miriam get her hug from you? :)

Re: Miriam! by Trip (Tue Dec 9 17:27:37 2003)

No, I think she just crushed me a lot!

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6 December 2003 - Saturday

Wow, lazy parasite. You'd almost think I had something to do almost every night this past week, and stayed up too late last night!

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Sniff! Buttonmen Online is down! I'll have to work on TT diligently now. Sniff. :(

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Okay, semidiligently. Still, I have much more preparation than I did before.

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The new Thai restaurant next to Trader Joe's is pretty good, but noticeably expensiver than Thai City. Part of that may be their refusal to sell individual bowls of soup, though.

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Marith came back from the Mug-a-thon, where apparently she was wildly popular and successful and not responsible for a single thing that went wrong. Hah.

Then we watched Saiyuki. Doom, doom, all the doom!

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5 December 2003 - Friday

Another typical day at work. The cafeteria is ever-decreasing in quality now that Angus has bailed on us for one of his places that isn't moribund.

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I picked up the Dork20 cards (from Atlas Games) at Gamescape today. They're cards you can add to a d20 game, each one of which gives a bonus like "+10 to one Sense Motive check" or "Gain +5 Strength or +5 Constitution for the rest of this encounter, but then take 1 point of Intelligence damage" when you play it. These are pretty big bonuses, but the recommended usage, which gives each player four cards per game and has the GM hand out a couple more for being entertaining, suggests adding one to the party's average level when calculating XP awards, so it's not like they didn't recognize this. (Of course, if the GM gets cards to play on behalf of the villains, it all evens out.)

I think they should be used as character checks in AQoJ! The very first card even has the flavor text "Never trust a squirming GM."!

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Despite my intentions of writing, I seem to mostly be playing Buttonmen Online and working on Tokyo Tower. Ah well. One of these is an actual obligation with a deadline and everything, so I guess it's okay.

If you want to fiercely attack me on BMO, I'm "parasite". ("space_parasite" was too long, sniff!)

html by kit (Sun Dec 7 17:50:23 2003)

your html is screwy in this entry. :)

Re: html by Trip (Mon Dec 8 14:17:23 2003)

Oops. Small-brained parasite!

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4 December 2003 - Thursday

Another day of nothing much at work. The stupid thing that kept me at work last night worked much better today.

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Whee, comics. I wonder what I missed? Maybe not much, since Shawn says it was a slow week.

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SMS words today: 1145

SMS words total: 51214

Reason for stopping: Got no brain. Got new comics.

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3 December 2003 - Wednesday

Bruce took us for a spin in his shiny new Prius hybrid today. It is spiffy! Voice commands, map display (with special icons for various sorts of restaurants), doors that unlock when you merely approach with the key in your pocket, all sorts of cool stuff. Plus, 60mpg, utterly silent much of the time, good acceleration even with five sysadmins in the car, wheee!

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More El-Hazard. I had forgotten quite what a nympho Alielle is.

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Argh! I tried to release an updated babelfish translator to production, as a precursor to which I checked the old one into RCS so I could back out easily if it turned out QA had failed us. There didn't seem to be any reason not to, so I went ahead and checked all the translators in.

Did you know that RCS will sometimes randomly munge your files when you check them in or out? I didn't either, until today.

So, instead of bailing work on-time or even early to pillage Lee's before Hounds of Balazar, I barely made it to gaming on time. (Okay, technically I was twenty minutes early, since that's how late the GM was, but I didn't know that until I got there.) By the time I get there tomorrow, everything I haven't subscribed to will be sold out, along with anything the staff or their stupid fucking Windows box dropped from my sub list.

Of course, Lee's is busy converting itself from a good if slightly inept comics store to a mediocre and slightly inept one, so perhaps I should be finding a new one anyway.

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Our Balazarings did better than we expected against the Chaos villains! We took down both jack-o-bears, and Dobromil got to make a flying leap through the wall of darkness to mangle the head villain's arm! Farscent is great!

However, we then ended up with 50% casualties, with two of the people still fighting on being the guy who put all his points into Dodge and the apprentice shaman. Fortunately, Al having anticipated this, he had character sheets for our troll allies, who we then got to play.

Trolls rock! We took down Cacodaemon! Okay, so it took about eight points of rune magic, and we had to beat the snot out of our own great troll, but what else are great trolls and rune magic for?

And, none of our PCs actually died!

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2 December 2003 - Tuesday

Whee Millbrae. Today's question: would I actually do anything with a girlfriend if I had one? Also, wimped out on telling Norm about all the lesbian sex scenes in my NaNo.

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Gasaraki has been deemed too soporific. Next week, Banner of the Stars II! This time for sure!

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Woot! When I got home to check my mail, I found that I had a card from Ursula! It is a picture of Digger, holding her jaw (which has owie stars (that's a technical term)) radiating from it, going "Ow"! It is so cute!

Kit reminds me that this is because I donated to Ursula's root canal, not because there is a vast conspiracy of my friends or anything. Really.

sex scenes! by kit (Wed Dec 3 19:35:11 2003)

There aren't THAT many lesbian sex scenes in SMS!

Sex scenes and conspiracy by Carl (Wed Dec 3 21:57:20 2003)

Not that many, compared to what?

And there is evidence of vast shadowy conspiracies swirling about Ursula, with threads leading to Kit as the sinister yet cheerful spider in the center of the web, like some modern-day Moriarty only, you know, with a book contract.

If you had a girlfriend you could watch Anime with her!

Or possibly run D&D for her and give her a really great PC with lots of extra loot.

Re: Sex scenes by Trip (Thu Dec 4 09:00:39 2003)

There aren't THAT many lesbian sex scenes in SMS!
Not that many, compared to what?

Er, compared to NaNos with four or more lesbian sex scenes? Although this might be an underestimate, since it's not like I've finished yet.

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1 December 2003 - Monday

After nine days of vacation, work happens MUCH TOO EARLY.

Fortunately, there's still not much to do.

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Despite not having prepared adequately, I was told that this was the best Tokyo Tower session ever. I guess I hit the right combination of shopping, scary but winnable combat, and incomprehensible mystic imagery!

Now, of course, I must plot an encore. Fortunately, I am no longer required to devote all my time to NaNoWriMo.

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