Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 March 2006 - Friday

Ken went to be a vampire, so we invaded Ayse's livingroom and made her watch Magical Project S. Marith was not impressed.

Also, there was bleebling.

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Today's indie RPG: The Burning Wheel.

This is not a rules-light game. For example, it has at least three combat systems (ranged combat, melee combat, debate), which have similar mechanics but different lists of possible maneuvers and interactions. The experience system requires not only tracking how many times you've rolled a skill, but how difficult each each roll was. The list of skills is immense -- some of the bulk comes from listing out many possibilities for what other systems collapse into "Craft: pick one", but there are, for example, at least five skills to talk someone into something: Persuasion, Suasion, Soothing Words, Ugly Truth, Rhetoric, and maybe some I'm forgetting. Character creation is Traveller-like (except that only orcs risk actually getting maimed in char-gen), but with hundreds of possible life-path segments.

That said, all of these use one of two mechanics: roll dice and count every one that rolls high enough as a success, successes over the required level give you more whatever; or roll 1d6 and consult a table of 2-3 possible outcomes. However, the required numbers of successes and what you can get for how many successes are generally not predictable from first principles, so you have to look them up until you memorize them.

I kind of like the concept of Instincts: you get to set three reflexive responses that your character has, like "Draw my sword at the first sign of trouble", "Never let anyone touch the legion's banner", or "Always look up when going through a doorway". Thus, you can avoid arguing with the GM about whether you would or wouldn't have, just because you didn't think to mention at the time, yadda yadda. I don't know how useful this concept is, but it's entertaining and what you pick shows character.

Also on the plus side, the setting is similar to D&D, but the Tolkien rip-offs are cooler, and the faux-medievalness is noticeably less faux.

I don't know that I have any desire to play Burning Wheel, but I bet Ken would like it.

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Cats: Orange!

Writing: check.

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30 March 2006 - Thursday

Cats: Dani hid in a paper bag so we could only see her cute little kittyface peering out! It was SO. CUTE. (Particularly because she doesn't normally do things like this; she mostly just sits in front of the space heater with no paws.)

Writing: check.

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29 March 2006 - Wednesday

Take that, foul tickets!

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Because I am a lazy blob, I spent the evening watching four episodes of Battlestar Galactica. Cylons are even more psycho than previously revealed.

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Cats: Dani is still very adorable, and Marmalade came and purrbucketed me for the first time in several days, so all is well. And orange!

Writing: check.

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28 March 2006 - Tuesday

This time I did not fail to burn DVDs, so we were able to watch the scheduled episodes, including some Full Metal Doom to make Marith squee.

Episode 5 of Samurai Champloo (the one with the ukiyo-e artist) went over very well. Bleach also seems to still be getting a good reception.

All power is mine! Muahahahaha!

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Cats: Dani is so adorable! Marmalade is so orange!

Writing: check.

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27 March 2006 - Monday

None of the tickets I left on Friday have spontaneously vanished. How disappointing.

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Today's indie game: Bacchanal, by Paul Czege (of My Life with Master fame). It's, um. Here, let me just link to this review, which I think summarizes it well. (Not that it needs summarization, being only XII pages to begin with.)

I can't conceive of a circumstance in which I would actually play this game, but I'm tempted to buy a set of the dice anyway.

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Wow, disc 3 of Saiyuki Reload is miserably cheesy. Hopefully it will get better soon.

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Cats: Adorangable!

Writing: check.

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26 March 2006 - Sunday

For the first time in ages, we have played Space Pirate Zeta! We had some trouble with the genre (We are not ninja! We are pirates! They are ninja!) but eventually put on the parrot masks and burst into the slaver's office waving blasters! Then there was a ninja, who may or may not be associated with the people with bugs in their brains that force them to stumble around looking for the bizarre personage we rescued last session. Ninja suck. Also, we should always take grenades with us. And maybe extra gigantopithecines.

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Cats: Dani has been all affectionate and even sat on my lap! Yay!

Writing: check.

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25 March 2006 - Saturday

Today's fortune from Chef Chu's: "Kindness to small creatures will be repaid to you tenfold." I wonder what dirt my cats have on the fortune cookie manufacturer...

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Today's indie game: Truth & Justice, a superhero game by the same person responsible for Monkey, Ninja, Pirate, Robot. It uses more or less the same system, plus what are essentially FATE points (get points when the GM uses your psychlims against you, spend them to avoid having your psychlims used against you or to get more plusses). Since I think FATE points are really cool, this is fine by me.

There is a system for powers as distinct from regular abilities, which I guess makes this a little more Sim than MNPR. Explicit rules for power stunts are good, but I'm not sure about the metapowers rule that makes all the subpowers stunts. Clearly, testing is needed!

T&J also has a fairly lengthy exploration of the tropes of the superhero genre. I think most people likely to play it already know all this stuff, but it can be good to have it discussed explicitly.

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My friends, who are swell, fed me yummy Thai dinner and didn't sing to me or even have the Best Waiter sing to me! Yay!

But I am still a Perfect Square.

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Cats: Dani was Remarkably Fierce at string! She didn't leap and do backflips and race around in circles like Marmalade, but she was Fierce! This must be a good sign!

Writing: check.

birthday by marith (Tue Mar 28 00:06:12 2006)

Wow, I wonder how much we would have to tip the Best Waiter to get him to sing at you...

Anyway, there is no escape - you will be sung to sooner or later. Fear our atonality!

Birthday singing by Carl (Tue Mar 28 00:36:45 2006)

We have outsourced your birthday song to Dani and Marmalade. They may be working on a rhyme for orange, however, so it may take a while.

Re: birthdays and singing by Trip (Tue Mar 28 11:28:50 2006)

AIEEEE!

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24 March 2006 - Friday

I was still oogy in the morning, but by midafternoon I was almost able to pass as human again. However, between going home an hour early on Wednesday and being zombie-like in between, I was not able to shovel out the queue. It hasn't helped that this has been the week of gnarly technical issues (which I feel might have been less gnarly if I had been less stupid when originally answering them, even though my colleagues don't understand them either).

But all of that is behind me, because now there is a weekend thing!

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Cats: Extremely orange!

Writing: check.

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23 March 2006 - Thursday

I felt okay when I got up, but that was revealed for a cruel illusion by the time I got off the bus at work. However, with plenty of water, some ibuprofen, and a moderate amount of food, I was able to survive the day.

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Today's indie game: The Shadow of Yesterday (Clinton R Nixon). The setting is post-(magical) apocalyptic fantasy. Elves as things that humans can become, and goblins as things which can become human, are pretty cool, and it's nice that the various regions have very distinct forms of magic. But what I really want to pillage from these indie games is system!

tSoY is sort of like FUDGE (even uses FUDGE dice, although only three) with some Over the Edge and Dying Earth RPG mixed in. Your character's chances of success are correlated with how skilled they are, so it must be a Simulationist system. This is probably why I like it okay.

There are two mechanical innovations that I like a lot, though. The first is "Bringing Down the Pain". Normally, tSoY uses conflict-based resolution. However, if you don't the result of the conflict resolution roll, you can Bring Down the Pain, and switch into a round-based, task-resolution mode, with the possibility of partial defeat. More exciting scenes get more screen time, which is as it should be. Also, major characters can only be killed when the Pain is Brought Down, so those scenes are always exciting.

The other innovation is Keys. A Key is a goal, desire, or other motivation of your PC: Coward, Loves X, Greedy, Devout Yist, Addicted to Z. The cool part is that Keys are how you get experience points: if one of your Keys comes up, you get a little experience; if one screws you over, you get more; and if a Key utterly hoses you, you get lots. No award for defeating enemies -- unless you have a Key that's about defeating them. No award for rescuring the princess -- unless you love her, or are sworn to help the helpless, or are loyal to the kingdom. No award for getting treasure -- unless you're greedy.

Keys are a lot like psychlims in Hero, really: your character is more capable in exchange for having plot hooks. The difference is that in Hero, you get a pile of points up front and the plot hooks may or may not catch on anything, while in tSoY you get the points exactly as much as the plot hooks get pulled on.

Looking at it this way, I guess FATE points are even farther out on that axis, since while in Hero and tSoY you have to allocate the points to mprove some specific abilities which may or may not come up later, FATE points can be used to do better against whatever challenges actually come up, as they come up.

I suppose the endpoint of this progression is a game which doesn't have skills or any Sim nonsense like that: you get story points when the GM uses your descriptor against you, and spend them on things you want to succeed at.

Anyway, I like The Shadow of Yesterday, and might play it sometime.

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I meant to mindlessly watch some anime, but I was too mindless even for that, so I wen to bed at like 21:30.

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Cats: Slightly more friendly.

Writing: NO BRAIN.

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22 March 2006 - Wednesday

Ugh. Staying up too late reading was only a minor mistake, but not being able to get to sleep for another hour didn't help, and what sleep I did get before my alarm went off was interspersed with moments of half-wakefulness and the realization that I was buried under cats.

And, I think I'm getting sick.

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Definitely sick. Went home from work early. Blargh.

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I went to gaming, but I think my greatest utility was as a pillow for Ayse (who had gotten up at 6:00). Company and ibuprofen and a little food definitely made me feel better, though.

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I read the first volume of the ROD manga, and it is so freaky. Apparently it is set before the OAVs, and I don't think any of the specific events violate what we know of the timeline, but many of the characters are much more freakish than they later appear. Also, I don't think Yomiko is quite that fond of books in the OAVs or TV series...

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Cats: Not as affectionate today. It's probably my fault they don't like me anymore.

Writing: NO BRAIN.

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21 March 2006 - Tuesday

Other people who have birthdays today: Susan Mittmann, Teresa Nielsen Hayden.

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I've finished reading another of my vast haul of indie games, Capes. It didn't make a lot of sense initially, which might be because I'm just too brain-damaged by years of playing games that were developed before the space brothers brought us the Wisdom of Nar, but might also be because it's not very well explained. Specifically, the connection between the game mechanics and the narrative is rather weak: things like splitting your dice are completely mechanical and not related to any particular event or class of events in the story being constructed. Apparently this is a feature, as the last section of the book is about mechanical tactics you can use to extract the three kinds of resources from your fellow players, which you can then use to seize the ability to tell a story.

I overstate a little, perhaps, in that some of the mechanical bits do follow pretty directly from story, but it's still amazingly Gamist (if I understand the usage of the term correctly). Weird.

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In a display of encroaching senility, I failed to make new discs of Bleach and (horrors!) Full Metal Alchemist even though I theoretically knew we needed them weeks ago. Apparently I'm not getting experience points for getting older after all.

However, I saved the day with the first two episodes of Otogi Zoshi, which I had from Greencine to evaluate for suitability for future Tuesday Nights. Everyone liked it a lot, so I guess the evaluation has been performed and I should spring for DVDs that I can keep and show on my schedule rather than Greencine's! (I reconsidered this when Chris said that it goes downhill after episode 13, but apparently it's just less good, not actually bad, so I'll go with it.)

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Cats: Orange, yet skittish. I guess Dani has an excuse, since I did trip over her head recently, but I don't know what's running through Marmalade's uncapacious skull. On the other tentacle, being a cat is an excuse for being arbitrarily spastic.

Writing: check.

birthday! by marith (Tue Mar 21 22:28:54 2006)

But you are more orange than any of them!

birthdays by kit (Wed Mar 22 06:36:45 2006)

but you are the BEST of the birthdays! hah! take that! Hah! :)

Re: birthdays by Trip (Wed Mar 22 11:06:58 2006)

I dunno, I think TNH has got me beat on every conceivable measure except orange. But thanks. :)

age-related inattentiveness disorder by Jeremy (Wed Mar 22 14:21:42 2006)

Er, um, whoops. Happy birthday!

Re: age-related inattentiveness disorder by Trip (Wed Mar 22 14:48:54 2006)

Thanks!

However, as the advance scout, I have to report that being 36 is not all it might be. (See tomorrow's entry.) You and Rachel may want to reconsider.

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20 March 2006 - Monday

Yuck, Monday.

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Writing: still orange.

Cats: check.

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19 March 2006 - Sunday

Ayse and I went grocery shopping and discovered a strange object called a black radish. It was bigger than a radish, but smaller than a turnip, maybe 5cm across, and shaped more like a turnip than a radish. We had to buy it!

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I meant to write, but instead read Point of Honour (Madeleine E Robins), a hard-boiled Regency detective story (slightly AH) which Ayse pillaged from the library for me. It was indeed hard-boiled, and reminded me of Ron Edward's idea of relationship charts ("characters linked by irrevocable ties of blood and sex"), which was originally inspired by early C20 hard-boiled detective stories. I guess that means it was successful!

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Mmm, peanutbutter soup! Besides peanutbutter, it contains sweet potatoes, cabbage, carrots, turnips, and cayenne pepper (and some other stuff), but it is nevertheless unmistakably peanutbutter soup.

We had the black radish for appetizer (along with peppery soft cheese and bread), and it tastes very radish-like, although not as spicy.

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Pretty much the entire D&D session was spent determining whether helping out the local thieves' guild with some smuggled goods that were supposed to remain uninspected by any priests was both morally and tactically viable. We determined that it was, snuck onto the smuggler ship... and I rolled a natural 1 to persuade the demons and evil priests to split up because the boat wasn't big enough. Since last time we fought a demon, it just about cleaned all our clocks, and this time there are three of them plus some human minions, we're probably all going to die miserably next session.

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Cats: When Ayse came over before we went shopping, Marmalade purrbucketed her extensively. This is because he is a very friendly cat, although he might also remember her from when they both lived with Jim. (But he would hear no talk of days when he was smaller than a dollar bill, because he has been a Cat of Stature and Magnificence for as long as he can remember, which is to say, always.)

Writing: check.

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18 March 2006 - Saturday

HAPPY HAPPY JAMES_NICOLL DAY!!!

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Earl, Mike, and Eric kidnapped me to see V for Vendetta. Keeping in mind that a) I haven't read the original in like 15 years, and b) I do not necessarily explode at any changes made when transferring the story to a new medium, my short review is: pretty good! They could have made V more monstrous, but that is a small quibble.

Let the photoshopping of High Chancellor Bush begin!

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I scuttled down to Castro St in search of books and Thai dinner, but suddenly collided with Chrisber, Christy, and Angie! So there was tasty Indian dinner instead, and dark purple hair. That was okay.

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Cats: The standard quota of orange has been met.

Writing: check.

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17 March 2006 - Friday

Ken again scorns the Vampire game, so we played Brine Shrimp of Cataan, random map variant. Ken drank enough that Dave won, but not so much that it wasn't something of a struggle. I sucked like a sucky thing, but that's normal for intellectual competitions.

Then, for no particularly good reason, I walked to Safeway and bought parasite treats instead of going home and writing or anything useful like that.

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Having finished rereading the first three books of Garth Nix's "Keys to the Kingdom" series, I finally have gotten around to reading the most recent, Sir Thursday. I have to wonder when the main character is going to explode from never getting to sleep, but aside from that, still cool.

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Cats: For reasons known only to himself (possibly because his food dish was empty, possibly because his old collar didn't put up enough of a fight), during the night Marmalade dragged the comfy fleece jacket that I had put on the couch for the cats to flop on all the way into the kitchen and drowned it in the water bowl. My cat is a FREAK. (My other cat is a sweetie and slept by my feets.)

Writing: FAILURE.

Drowning by Ken (Fri Mar 17 14:59:12 2006)

Angoras drown their prey! I have heard about this from Cera. At one point he apparently drowned an angora sweater. When she found it in the morning, she wasn't sure if it was a protest or performance art.

Re: Drowning by Trip (Fri Mar 17 18:15:04 2006)

I had not considered art as a motivation! But apparently Marmalade has a record of committing this sort of art!

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16 March 2006 - Thursday

Finished the first season of Penn & Teller's Bullshit!. I am dubious about the strength of their counterclaim against environmental hysteria. Yes, the people they interviewed were doofi, but an idea is not responsible for the people that believe in it, and the whole no-fish-anymore thing really alarms me. But hey, doubt is good.

Also I watched the outtakes and unused footage on the disc. Penn looks a lot better in a suit than in street clothes. Teller mostly looks like Teller.

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Cats: Marith (best sister ever!) helped me take Dani to the vet. The verdict is that her tail probably is broken/dislocated, in which case the recommended medical treatment is to leave it alone. Probably it will get better on its own. There is a tiny chance that she has cancer of the tail or something weird like that, so if she starts fussing at her tail I will take her back in for more testing. Until then, I will admire how surprisingly more affectionate she is now that I have brought her back from the Scary Place of Dog Smells.

Writing: I suck, but check.

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15 March 2006 - Wednesday

HAPPY HAPPY AMBARDAY!

I'm sorry I broke Dani.

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More loot has been delivered to me! My Life with Master, and another game by the same guy, Bacchanal, which appears strange. Also, DVDs to inflict upon people at Tuesday Night Anime!

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Finally we have successfully gathered to watch Utena! Also there was the Lemon Pie of Evil, which Earl was responsible for.

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Cats: I got Marmalade a collar of the right size (I fear the cat who needs the largest size!) so that he can be more stylish, but for some reason he didn't appreciate it. Silly cat. Anyway, I noticed him batting at the old collar so I dangled it for him like a cat-dancer. He wasn't that thrilled, but then I remembered how he enjoyed tussling with a rubber band the other night and buckled the collar into a loop. RAAR! That loop was subdued, dragged off to be drowned in the water dish, and returned dripping before it could blink, because loops are an Angora's natural prey!

Writing: check.

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14 March 2006 - Tuesday

Bah, customers.

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I got stuck late at work, so I was a little late to Tuesday Night Anime (and didn't get to pet my cats hardly at all between), but no one actually died, and there was Hawaiian pizza.

Shadow Star seems to be reasonably well-received. It is entertaining to listen to Marith and Neil hypothesize. Hopefully the differences from the manga will not cause Dave to lose much San.

People definitely approve of Samurai Champloo, and not just because Marith thinks Jin is cute. Whee!

Only 9 episodes of Full Metal Doom left!

I wish I knew why the audio and video are out of synch on the DVD I burned of Bleach. Other AVI files that I've converted and burned work fine. Bah!

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Cats: dOrange/dt >= 0

Writing: check.

Yah, those words from Sunday have to go. But not tonight, because a) I am tired, and b) I don't know exactly what to replace them with.

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13 March 2006 - Monday

I woke up about two hours early, but managed to get back to sleep despite the cats... and spent two hours dreaming about oversleeping/being too tired to get up. When the alarm went off, I wasn't too tired to get up, but I sure wasn't bright and cheerful.

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I meant to go to bed early, but instead finished off the first season of Battlestar Galactica. Augh! [SPOILER] [SPOILER]ed [SPOILER]! And [SPOILER] is [SPOILER]! Augh!

Why yes, I would like to see second season now!

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Cats: Appreciation for the food I have given you is NOT best expressed by puking it all over the carpet when I'm already running late, Wretched Feline. (I'm assuming it was Marmalade, because I don't think Dani could eat that much without exploding, but on the other tentacle, whichever cat was responsible obviously couldn't keep that much food down.)

Writing: check. Too zomboidal (see above) to do real writing, but I did determine that everything I wrote Sunday needs to go. More and better description is called for. On another tentacle (not the same one as above), I know more about what my characters look like, and why.

mmm, BSG by Angie (Wed Mar 15 17:37:49 2006)

I accidentally came across a spoiler-picture of the Big Moment in the S1 finale about a week before it aired (I was just looking for reference shots for our costumes!), so studiously avoided anything this time around (last Friday was S2 finale). I almost think it was better with time to prepare (no spoilers, promise!).

If you get through the first half of the second season soon (before they release the second half on DVD, at least), Ellie's been burning eps to DVD as they air, so she has the whole second season, though there may be a queue to borrow it. This does cement the need to get together sometime, so you can see more! Although you may want to wait, as we don't get the third season until frakking October, which makes me craaaaaazy. o.O

mmm, BSG by Trip (Thu Mar 16 12:39:57 2006)

I guess not being an obsessive squeeing looking-things-up-on-the-Net fangirl is good for me! In this case.

I haven't even returned the first season, never mind borrowed any of the second (which I hear goes downhill, or at least becomes very uneven), so it may be a while.

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12 March 2006 - Sunday

Space Pirate Zeta is cancelled again because Jeremy's spawn is disease-ridden, which means we have neither Jeremy nor his house.

I consoled myself for the lack of gaming by going to Chef Chu's and feasting upon the flesh of the tangerine chicken. Then there was grocery shopping.

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First disc of The Big O. Huh. The art is interestingly retro, and the setting seems cool, although there's a huge hole that I hope is addressed at some point. I'll definitely keep it in mind for TNA.

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Now I've finished reading InSpectres, a couple of weeks after playing it, and I still don't entirely understand how it works. In particular, it seems that normal agents never have Cool dice (except by a fluke - it takes four 1-die Stress rolls to have even a 50/50 chance of a Cool die), and will spend most of the adventure rolling just their talent die, since skills evaporate as soon as the 2- and 3-die Stress rolls come out. I must be missing something.

My non-comprehension aside, though, it's pretty good. Everybody wants to bust ghosts!

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Cats: The earliest appointment I can get for Dani with Dr Johnson is 17:00 Thursday. The person I talked to seems to think that's okay as long as Dani doesn't seem to be bothered by her tail. If she does start fretting at it or stops eating or anything, I am to call back and they'll set us up with whoever's available at the moment. Meep.

Writing: Writing is hard, let's die in a pit!

I finally got sick enough of my lameness to try to do some real writing, the kind that involves putting on non-linguistic music and ignoring Too.

After an hour and a half, I squeezed out about 300 words, most of which probably need to be discarded. Gragh. My brain is so not big enough for this.

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11 March 2006 - Saturday

One advantage of being a contractor is that I don't have to work unpaid overtime on weekends! Instead, sleep!

Also, reading! I scuttled down to the bookstore across the street from the coffeehouse to get my copy of Blue Noon (third in the "Midnighters" trilogy by Scott Westerfeld) and then to the coffeehouse to read it. It rocked pretty well! The existing plotline was concluded, but there is room for sequels (and fanfic).

Marith eventually logged out of one of her MMORPGs and joined me, but then we were afflicted by religious wingnuts talking across us, so I finished up my book and scuttled away to er not do much of anything for the rest of the day. But it's a weekend!

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Cats: ACK! I think Dani's tail might be broken! Except for the first 5cm or so at the base, it's all limp and droopy, and she hasn't been cleaning it properly. This is only really obvious when she holds her tail up, which isn't very often, so I don't know how long it's been going on (although probably not more than a day or two). ACK! I am clearly a terrible cat-dad! :(

I called the vet advice line, and they say if it doesn't seem to be bothering her, then I should just schedule an appointment with my regular vet, so I guess that's what I'll do, but meep. Poor Dani. :(

Writing: check, I guess.

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10 March 2006 - Friday

Today, the customers attempt to lull me into a false sense of security by sending only a few tickets in the morning, and then sending all the rest after lunch. But I will not be defeated!

...can we call it a draw?

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Muahahaha! Thousands of millions of indie games! It's like jerky made from the brains of really smart gamers!

The list: OctaNe, the OctaNe supplement for 30s pulp, InSpectres, The Shadow of Yesterday, The Mountain Witch, Polaris (my own copy), Capes, With Great Power..., The Burning Wheel, Conspiracy of Shadows, Breaking the Ice.

Muahahahaha.

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Ayse and Ken had a sudden desire for SUSHI, which they kindly allowed their friends to participate in.

SUSHI!!!

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Cats: still orange.

Writing: check, but still lame.

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9 March 2006 - Thursday

Marith came over and watched the rest of the current disc of Saiyuki Reload so I can send it back, but then she and her pizza went away and I and the cats were left alone with a disc of King of Bandits Jing.

Like the manga, it's cool-looking, and cool-seeming, but doesn't quite have the underlying consistency or structure to support the coolness. This saddens me.

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Cats: Still much the same, with both the purrbucketing and the coughing.

Writing: check. But I still suck.

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8 March 2006 - Wednesday

After Ken being dead for the whole month of February, we have finally played Dragonblooded again.

Ken pouted in a very Sherilyn-like fashion when we destroyed his horrible undead mecha without any of us being badly hurt. I'm sure he would have florned if the horrible undead mecha had destroyed us.

We don't get to loot the room until next fortnight, though.

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Cats: This time Marmalade waited until the alarm went off before purrbucketing me, so that was okay! Dani still coughisneezes dramatically about once per day (that I hear).

Writing: check.

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7 March 2006 - Tuesday

And today, hardly any tickets, although some of that may be the result of lag spreading the morning's tickets across the day.

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We have finished Scrapped Princess! The ending was perhaps excessively uplifting, but it was definitely an ending in which the plot was resolved.

We have finished Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex! That was also an ending, in which things ended. Batou was appropriately mocked.

Next week: Shadow Star and Samurai Champloo.

Plenty of doom in Full Metal Alchemist.

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Cats: 20 minutes or half an hour before I intended to get up, Marmalade came and purrbucketed me extravagantly. This was pretty nice of him, but it was not like me getting plenty of sleep. So I wreaked (wroke?) my terrible revenge by clipping his claws, using the technique Cat showed me, which consists of sitting on the feline to be blunted. Of course the oppression extended to Dani, but she was relatively good-natured about it.

Writing: check.

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6 March 2006 - Monday

AUGH! All the tickets in the ENTIRE WORLD! It is as though all the tuna my cats have been deprived of was used to make disgruntled customers who are connected to the net!

But I shall triumph!

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More Battlestar Galactica. Hm, more wacky religion stuff. Perhaps I scowl.

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Cats: Dani is still quite coughisneezy, but otherwise seems as well as ever.

Writing: check.

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5 March 2006 - Sunday

Mmm, sizzling rice soup. Much nicer than grocery shopping back and forth in the spitting rain. But I did obtain and deliver ingredients, without actually dissolving.

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Ayse turned the ingredients I delivered to her into strogalash, which was extremely tasty!

Then we played D&D, which involved interrogating a druid, getting attacked by a wall, and explaining things to people who might be able to give us military backing to crush the necromancer and his army of undead.

I was not exceptionally stupid this time. Just the regular stupidity.

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Cats: Dani continues to cough alarmingly from time to time. Maybe I should take her back to the vet, although last time it was not all that useful.

Writing: check.

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4 March 2006 - Saturday

Somehow I managed to escape the Dreaded Lap-Cat Trap and get the (unneeded) DSL modem that Idiom sent me started on the way back in time to consume Yummy Thai Lunch. Also there was some kind of shopping action, and I made the spud at Tower hunt up Sir Thursday (Garth Nix) for me.

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In a (probably futile) effort to pretend like I'm not a sessile blob, I walked down to Castro and bought more books. Also, Angie was there, so I hugged her! She is not dead, although school is being mean to her. Her hair is not blue.

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This time Marith bailed out partway through the disc of Saiyuki Reload because of indigestion, not allergies. But I maintained the flow of Greencine discs by watching Penn & Teller's Bullshit!. This disc had the episode with naked people on it! Also creationist wackjobs, bottled water, and self-help weasels.

Kill them, kill them all and eat their brains.

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Cats: Still quite orange.

Writing: check.

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3 March 2006 - Friday

Finally, the tickets have dropped off! I am glad, because if the upward trend had continued for another day, I might have become Sullen.

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Today might have been Sailor Moon S, but Ken didn't go to LARP, so instead we ate hamburgers and played Sabreteeth of Carcassonne. I somehow didn't end up in last place, possibly because people felt so sorry for me that they neglected to crush me utterly.

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Cats: Dani is coughing and sneezing more. :( This is kind of gross, but I figure if she sleeps on my bed, I already have all her germs.

Writing: check.

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2 March 2006 - Thursday

Ack! Even more tickets! This is not the sort of trend I like to see!

But I am mighty.

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Finished the second disc (so, eight episodes total) of Lost. I have less respect for Saieed (sp?) now, but not none. Sawyer being a tragic git doesn't make him less of a git, but that was still a little excessive. (But go Korean lady!)

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I seem to be considering an entire D&D campaign (or at least series of adventures) based on one throw-away gag line from a webcomic I read today. Does this make me clever, insane, or both?

(Sorry, not going to say which line or even which webcomic, since I may yet run D&D for Al.)

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Cats: Orange.

Writing: check.

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1 March 2006 - Wednesday

Ack, even more tickets! Most of them are ones I answered yesterday, though, because the ungrateful customers didn't believe me when I told them it's not my job to debugger their crappy networks. (And a good thing, too, considering how long it took me to get my own network working.)

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More Lost. Hm. I hope they aren't going to substitute mysticism for mystery.

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Cats: Of course Marmalade nested on my fresh laundry, but it did give him the Warmest Tummy Ever.

Writing: check.

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