Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 May 2006 - Wednesday

Steam rover!

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Regender web pages. (Extra confusing if you try it on Google News and see a story about a sex-change operation...)

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If you have Java, you can see the structure of your web page.

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Ken had no brain, so instead of playing Dragon-Blooded, we played the World of Warcraft board game. (Yes, it's a board game based on an MMORPG that's based on an RTS computer game. Next, the WoW board game comic!)

There were many rules and many many fiddly bits, but overall it made a reasonable amount of sense, and no one's head exploded.

Ken and I played the Horde; Ayse, Dave, and Mike the Alliance. For a while we were doing well, trundling around the board and completing quests, but then it became very late so we had to stage a huge PvP battle! Sadly, in the first round, Ken and I rolled an average of about 3 on the huge handfuls of d8s, and the Alliance scum rolled an average of about 6. The second round was more even, but by then it was too late. Bah!

We will have to try playing it again, when we have enough time to finish the game and get crushed by the boss, rather than by each other.

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Cats: Getting up on Marmalade time seems to have worked okay, except for bit where I have to go to bed earlier, meaning I didn't have any time between escaping gaming and bedtime.

Writing: FAILURE.

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30 May 2006 - Tuesday

It's like Monday! Except I get anime tonight! It's Tonday! Or Muesday!

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It is somewhat sad to have only three people for Tuesday Night Anime, but not as sad as having only two.

Plus, the doom of Gunslinger Girl!

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Cats: Marmalade seems to be fairly consistent about when he demands breakfast, so maybe I should just get up then.

There is a word for this, and that word is "pwned".

Writing: check.

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29 May 2006 - Monday

Also a fairly unproductive day. Could have been board games, but Ayse is still sick. :(

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Today's ostensibly improving book: Get Back in the Box (Douglas Rushkoff). Rushkoff makes the following points:

  • When a company is screwed up, a radical new ad campaign or business strategy or CEO bonus is very unlikely to help. The way to get the company straightened out is to concentrate on its core competencies.
  • Making whatever you feel like and then trying to persuade people that they have to buy it is much less likely to work than finding a need people actually have and filling it.
  • Two-way interaction with customers (eg, incorporating customer-created extensions into your software) works better than shovelling stuff one way into the blind gaping maws of the consumer.
  • IP hoarding is for companies that can't innovate in a meaningful way.

He also spends some time comparing and contrasting the Renaissance with the current communications explosion, possibly to some point. However, he also mentions this piece of worthless pseudoscience so perhaps his credibility is not all it could be. Most of his actual points seem reasonable, though.

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Marith came over and watched the first episode of second-season Dead Like Me (and admired the cats). It looks like there might be changes soon, which is good, because George needs a steady supply of angst fuel.

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The first four episodes of Gate Keepers were only okay.

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Cats: Marmalade spent most of the afternoon curled up on big plush kitty Violetta! So cute! Dani chased the jingling sphere when I rolled it down the hallway! So cute!

Writing: check.

Six Month Fix by Carl (Wed May 31 00:30:48 2006)

Those are excellent points, which I agree with. Along similar lines I'd recommend Gary Sutton's Six Month Fix on concrete steps a new CEO can take to save a company that's only weeks away from shutting its doors, based on his actual experience doing so, but also contains useful tips on staying out of trouble once rescued. A much shorter version is his more recent book Corporate Canaries on five warning signs of a company headed for trouble, intermixed with coal mining examples.

Peter Drucker's still the gold standard for business thinking and writing, I think.

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28 May 2006 - Sunday

Nothing much really happened today. Ayse is still sick, so there was no entertaining.

In a fit of something-or-other, I finally broke down and threw away the piles of boxes cluttering up my living room and front library, because I was completely deluded to think I was ever going to reuse them.

I think this confused Marmalade, but I did leave out some grocery bags for cats to hide in, and he always has his Linen Closet of Solitude.

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The first five episodes of Soul Hunter were enh. It could be cool, but not much seemed to actually happen.

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Cats: In grocery bags!

Writing: check.

grocery bags by kit (Wed May 31 03:25:51 2006)

but I did leave out some grocery bags for cats to hide in

You are a good cat-dad. :)

Re: grocery bags by Trip (Wed May 31 09:26:43 2006)

I am PWNED, is what I am.

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27 May 2006 - Saturday

Mmm, bacon.

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The bookstore did not have the new Kitbook, but they ordered it for me and it will arrive sometime this coming week.

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The shipment of anime that the Post Orifice tried to withhold from me has finally arrived! Now I can show Otogoi Zoshi!

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Ayse was feeling too poorly from some combination of allergies and illness to make curry, so we sent Marith to get take-out Thai food and talked and talked and talked and still didn't get around to watching anime!

For no very good reason, I started reading Fashion and Women's Attitudes in the Nineteenth Century (C Willett Cunnington), which is pretty much someone in 1936 psychoanalyzing the female English population of each decade from 1800 to 1900 based on fashions in clothes and interior decoration. And I do mean psychoanalysis in its most Freudian sense; it's all about the expression or repression or sublimation of the "sex instinct", sadism and masochism, and Sentimental vs Gothic eras. So why, you ask, did I keep reading this? Because it has the snark!

When women were paid fivepence a day for binding Bibles it was solely that the Bible might be sold cheap so that it could reach the really poor (earning perhaps only fivepence a day).

It was the obvious duty of the mistress to superintend the spiritual education of her domestics, ... to check extravagance (on a wage of £12 a year), ...

The female bosom is less the subject of a revelation than the feature of an exposition.

... mothers urge the advisability of making daughters sleep in their stays which, we are assured, "carries no hardship beyond an occasional fainting fit".

It seems these short dresses performed immense execution on susceptible males, whose faith in feminine anatomy had for a generation been taxed; ...

Plus, it inspired me to fetch GURPS Goblins and show it to Ayse, who agreed that it is a work of twisted genius.

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Cats: Probably grouchy that I was gone all day.

Writing: check.

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26 May 2006 - Friday

Ken is off being a crazed vampire tonight, so Marith and Dave and I went over to entertain Ayse. There was some vague intent to watch anime, but we never got that far.

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Cats: check.

Writing: check.

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25 May 2006 - Thursday

Today's link: KITTIES (via Lea Hernandez).

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it is a kinky pirate boat full of sex (via Story Games for Everybody, via The 20' by 20' Room).

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I was sleepy all day, so naturally instead of going to bed early I stayed up watching Heat Guy J.

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Cats: Feline!

Writing: check.

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24 May 2006 - Wednesday

Bah, customers. Bah, human software.

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Utena! We got to within three episodes of the end, so things are being explained (as much as they ever are), doom is looming, etc.

I will never in a million years be able to write anything that cool, never mind design a game that causes people to play anything that cool.

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Cats: I guess Marmalade reads this, because as I was going to sleep he came and snuggled on me even though I had just fed him. Good try, Marmalade, but you are still a cat! (An adorable fuzzy cat, I admit.)

Dani is still adorable without regard to the state of her food dish. I think this is because she doesn't actually like food much. She didn't seem interested in the kitty treat I offered her.

Writing: check.

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23 May 2006 - Tuesday

HAPPY HAPPY AIRDAY!

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Today's link: Maple Girl (via Kit).

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"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill

Is this applicable to designing a success/failure resolution system for an RPG? Discuss.

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Geckobot!

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The shapes of ant nests.

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Minoan Barbies (NSFW).

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Yay! Marith finally came to anime!

We rewarded her with double Kiddy Grade. See if she ever does that again!

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Cats: Marmalade is really just a big floozy. Most of the time it's, "Oh, all right, I guess you can rub under my ear for a bit, but only if you do it JUST RIGHT," but when his food dish is empty, then there's the jumping into bed and the cuddling and the licking.

Yah, I know: "He's a CAT!"

Writing: check.

churchill by kit (Fri May 26 02:41:22 2006)

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill

That is a totally awesome quote.

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22 May 2006 - Monday

Bah, customers!

Link of the day (from Kit): Amazing dolls (NSFW). This is the sort of thing someone who was Focused would do.

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Carl has posted the playtest writeup for Saturday's game.

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Cats: In grocery bags! Adorable!

Writing: check.

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21 May 2006 - Sunday

Planned (yet still somewhat surprising) Gaming!

Earl was actually available today, so we played Space Pirate Zeta for the first time in about two months. There was a lot of attempted planning, followed by a raid on the ship full of roach-brained zombies and the huge Master Bug. Yay piracy!

I'm still a lousy player, though. Worst dashing pirate captain ever.

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After gaming, I scuttled through the light rain to shop for groceries. Then I scuttled through the light rain to fetch my reserved copy of Pretties (Scott Westerfeld) from the bookstore. This made me hungry, so I went to a handy Thai restaurant to read some of my loot (New Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty! New Charles Stross, The Clan Corporate! And of course Pretties.) This led to scuttling back through the heavy rain, without a coat. Fortunately I had a plastic bag for my books, and the rest of me isn't water-soluble, but I was glad to get back to my nest.

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Watched two more discs (ie, four episodes -- I'm glad I'm not paying for these!) of Gantz Still no information about what's going on, but a pretty good depiction of a teenage boy's thought patterns.

Then, stayed up until 2349629462 o'clock in the morning to finish Proven Guilty, because I am a dumbass. Good book, though.

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Cats: Marmalade came and kittybreaded my lap even though his food dish wasn't empty!

Writing: check.

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20 May 2006 - Saturday

Sudden surprise gaming!

Earl took it into his head to run Afraid, Vincent Baker's new game, so he lured Dave and Carl and I over and we made characters to be abused.

Afraid is sort of like Dogs in the Vineyard, which all of us except Dave had played at least a little before, but not exactly, so there was confusion. Also Earl did not abuse our characters as brutally as he might have, so the plot did not progress as rapidly as it might have. Still, my character got to face off with a hallucinatory supernatural tiger!

Carl took notes for a play-test report which he will post somewhere, eventually.

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Cats: Orange!

Writing: check.

Playtest by Carl (Mon May 22 22:36:27 2006)

Our playtest report and a couple of other people's at the Forge's playtest forum.

Re: Playtest by Trip (Thu May 25 14:54:20 2006)

I wonder if anyone able to answer our questions will ever see the playtest report.

Re: Playtest by Carl (Thu May 25 21:46:54 2006)

Vincent's seen it but mailed to say he hasn't had time to reply yet, and indicated that some of the things were the result of cut and paste. Hold out hope, and wait!

You can set a notify on the Forge thread if you want email when someone posts to it. Or trust that I'll say something when I notice it.

Re: Playtest by Trip (Sun May 28 18:07:06 2006)

W00t.

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19 May 2006 - Friday

Ayse has defeated the Horde of Papers! Yay Ayse!

There was celebratory dim sum from the Hong Kong Bakery, and viewing of The Emperor's New Groove. Everything is better with demon llamas!

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Cats: I think I may have missed some claws last time. If only the cats liked kitty treats.

Writing: check.

The Emperor's New Groove by Silkie (Mon May 22 14:53:33 2006)

Hey, we watched that on Friday night, too!

"Why does she even have that lever?!?"

Re: The Emperor's New Groove by Trip (Mon May 22 17:30:54 2006)

All the cool people watched tENG that night!

Re: The Emperor's New Groove by Jeremy (Tue May 23 19:35:18 2006)

Definitely the best thing Disney's done in quite a while.

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18 May 2006 - Thursday

Bah. Customers.

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I have been invited to join a writing group that is forming. Gwack.

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I think have scarred Marith for life by showing her the end of the Shadow Star anime. :(

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Cats: I have been informed that I am the Worst Cat-Dad EVER, because I TRIMMED their CLAWS! MIAUUU!

Writing: check.

cats by cat (Fri May 19 16:48:45 2006)

See, that's why i keep the kitty treats right next to me when it's claw trimming time. Phoenix gets one or three immediately after i'm done, so he can remember that more than the clipping.

Meefle! by marith (Fri May 19 20:14:00 2006)

No, you haven't! Do not worry!

And the cats will forgive you. They do that.

Cat Forgiveness by Carl (Sat May 20 03:04:40 2006)

The Forgiveness of Cats

Re: Cat Forgiveness by Trip (Sat May 20 12:05:32 2006)

I dunno, that doesn't look too forgiving!

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17 May 2006 - Wednesday

Bah. Customers.

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No Dragon-Blooded this week, as Ayse will explode if we have fun near her while she is trying to write 128956239 pages of papers. Since an exploded Ayse would be much less fun, our course is clear.

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Second disc of Heat Guy J. Hm.

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Cats: So furry!

Writing: so lame! but check.

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16 May 2006 - Tuesday

Bah, customers.

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Marith blew us off again, so it was just Dave and I for anime (again). Nevertheless, we started Gunslinger Girl. Dave could feel the doom after only two episodes. Maybe after the first one. Also, only one Kiddy Grade; I'm saving up the double showing until Marith comes back.

After anime we sat around talking about how to raise the standard of living in D&D using magic (other than casting lots of plant growth to get above the level of subsistence farming). Cantrips in boxes are good. Even at one use per day, a box of prestidigitation that cleans whatever you put into it is darn handy. No more spending hours beating clothes with rocks! Also, purify food and drink.

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Cats: Purrbucket!

Writing: check, although just barely.

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15 May 2006 - Monday

Today's link: ZAP! (from BoingBoing)

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Still too hot. But I have fans to lie in front of. I'm not sure the cats entirely approve, since not only do they like things hotter than I do, but fans make NOISE. But they would like it even less if I melted into a puddle and became unable to feed them.

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Given the lack of gaming, I should probably run something. But I'd need something to run, people to run it for, and some way to potentially make it not suck. I need to eat Neel Krishnaswami's brain.

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There isn't a power outlet near the best place to sit in front of the fan with spore, so I had to log out and watch anime all evening. O the horror.

Orphen ended up being okay, but I think there should have been more suffering before redemption.

I'm not sure about Heat Guy J. Is it actually not bad, or do I just not have any taste? Okay, dumb question.

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Cats: Furry!

Writing: check.

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14 May 2006 - Sunday

Today I managed to go grocery shopping, which was good. On the other hand, I succumbed to temptation and bought the D&D3 Spell Compendium, to use against Ken and Sherilyn. Muahahahaha.

Then I had to walk home. Through the thermions. And the allergens. Gah. Can it be winter some more now?

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Apparently the coffeeshop above Books Inc in downtown Mountain View is not very good. I didn't order anything myself, but Marith was unimpressed.

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Today featured a great deal of lying in front of the fan reading D&D spells. Too hot. No brain.

I wonder if Silkie will let us get some scrolls of the spell that's Improved Invisibility with more sense groups.

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Cats: This morning, Marmalade came and purrbucketed me a bit and groomed my hair, using his claws as a comb. SO. CUTE.

I guess I must be in favor again.

Writing: check.

coffee shops by Ayse (Mon May 15 13:46:08 2006)

I have mixed feelings about that coffee shop. Saori & I went there a few times and although it was nice to sit and talk above all the books, the food was pretty unimpressive. The desserts were pretty good, though, and, well, I am not informed enough to really have strong opinions about coffee... either that or maybe I ordered lemonade every time we were there and never tried the coffee. That is certainly possible too!

There is a coffee shop in downtown Palo Alto that has amazing chai, but it is too hot even in spring weather, and very crowded, and the wait staff are awfully rude. I had a chocolate blackberry cake thing though!

Babbling about coffee shops is SO much more fun than writing this paper!

Re: coffee shops by Trip (Mon May 15 14:01:12 2006)

I don't know from coffee either, but Marith said it was undrinkably bad.

Maybe you can write about how coffee shops were instrumental in whatever your paper is about!

re: coffee shops by Ayse (Mon May 15 17:04:44 2006)

Sadly, my paper is about 12th century poetry, which is a good four centuries prior to coffee shops in Europe (well, at least in England), so I think I'll just have to be highly virtuous instead.

Re: coffee shops by Trip (Tue May 16 09:35:35 2006)

Being virtuous is good!

I've been reading Weapons of the Gods, which is all about virtue. And some about scholarship. Does writing these papers give you the power to put Daoist curses on people?

Re: coffee shops by marith (Wed May 17 00:37:19 2006)

Possibly the coffee at the bookstore is just fine and I am a mutant freak! If they have good lemonade, perhaps I should try that next time.

re: coffee shops (marith) by Ayse (Wed May 17 09:56:50 2006)

The more I think about it, the more I am convinced that I had lemonade instead of coffee the few times I went there. It was not Best Lemonade Ever or anything, but it was decent lemonade. The food was really unimpressive though; their quiche needed to be put quietly out of its misery.

I am looking forward to going out to coffee again! If I can just triumph utterly today...

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13 May 2006 - Saturday

Tried to go to lunch. Had to finish reading Get Medieval. Eventually made it to lunch. The Best Waiter was very kind about not throwing me out even though I showed up so late.

Also I collected my copy of Specials (Scott Westerfeld) from the bookstore, which was my biggest accomplishment today. That's kind of sad.

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Marith came over to watch the last episode of the first seasons of Dead Like Me. Now we can finally pass the DVDs on to Ayse and Ken, who are the ones who borrowed them from Earl and Cat to begin with.

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Cats: Miau.

Writing: check.

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12 May 2006 - Friday

Tentacular doom!

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And an extra bonus link for Friday: Get Medieval!

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Anything I might have accomplished tonight was lost to the Get Medieval archives. Curse you, Irony-chan!

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Cats: Miau!

Writing: check, somehow.

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11 May 2006 - Thursday

Today's link: from Vincent Baker, DitV × CoC (from The 20' × 20' Room).

(Hey, they don't all have to be pictures!)

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More Orphen. Amaryllis would fit right in with the magic system in this setting: it's all attack and defense spells, plus teleportation.

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Cats: Miau. I still don't know why Marmalade isn't pleased with me. I tried giving him some string to assault, but although he savaged it, his mood did not seem to change.

I am a terrible cat-dad. :(

Writing: check.

cats by kit (Sun May 14 03:26:15 2006)

Or possibly Marmalade is just a cat and has no need to deign to reasons for snubbing people. :) hugs!

Re: cats by Trip (Sun May 14 11:44:30 2006)

Well. I suppose that's theoretically possible...

But this morning he came and purrbucketed me and groomed my hair, so I guess I am in favor again!

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10 May 2006 - Wednesday

Links, links... uh... here, have the male equivalent of superheroines (probably not safe for work) (from Making Light).

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Cats: Miau.

Writing: check.

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9 May 2006 - Tuesday

I don't seem to be posting very many cool links here. This is probably wrong of me, as few people actually care about gaming or orange cats or anything like that.

Here, have some mermaid pictures (not safe for any but the most laid-back workplace) (from matociquala@LJ).

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Neil is busy with his new larva, and Marith blew us off with some excuse about being sick or tired or dead or something like that, but Dave and I watched anime anyway! Neener!

End of Shadow Star! Oh, the doom!

Not sure what to watch next. I will try to extract an opinion from someone.

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Cats: Still orange. Marmalade is still aloof, even when I give him food. Trimmed a few more mats from Dani's fur.

Writing: check, despite zangband.

cats and mermaids! (but not mercats) by Ayse (Wed May 10 13:37:11 2006)

I care very much about gaming and orange cats!

But the mermaids are really nifty too. Wow.

Re: cats and mermaids! by Trip (Wed May 10 14:12:42 2006)

Of course not mercats! MEERcats!

My cats are not being very exciting, though. They hardly even say meer.

mermaids and cats by marith (Wed May 10 19:34:30 2006)

I like gaming and orange cats! (orange cats more, of course).

I think we should watch Twelve Kingdoms next. That's like an opinion, isn't it?

Also, after we watch the last DLM I must watch the doom that is the end of Shadow Star. Hopefully it is not as sad as Saikano.

anime! by Ayse (Wed May 10 20:06:25 2006)

There's going to be twelve kingdoms next at Utena, right? I mean, after Utena.

Re: anime! by Trip (Thu May 11 14:34:32 2006)

There was a plan to watch The Twelve Kingdoms after Utena, but I don't know its current status. For example, if Carl has already lent it to Earl & Cat, there might be doom.

Augh too many animewatching groups!

anime by cat (Fri May 12 16:54:04 2006)

yes, 12 kingdoms after Utena is done. and doom doom doom because Carl has already lent it to us, and it's busy sitting on top of the Tv cabinet. =P

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8 May 2006 - Monday

Third disc of Elfen Lied. Back to the dismemberment, although not quite as much fan service.

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Cats: I appear to have offended Marmalade, or perhaps just been around long enough that he takes me for granted. This is more restful than having him purrbucket me at all hours, but I can't help feeling that he is not fulfilling his duties as a pet. (Dani is still a sweetie, though.)

Writing: check, barely.

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7 May 2006 - Sunday

I meant to go eat lunch at noon, like a sensible person, but then Dave showed up and wanted to talk about gaming (since it's not like we get to actually game much on weekends). Our conclusion: gaming that isn't centered around combat is hard. Possibly too hard for people who can only game once or twice a month, since it requires learning and remembering the setting and NPCs and stuff. Still, we should probably give it a try.

Also some discussion of caper/heist games, and how a simulationist system like D&D is very ill-suited to them. For a heist game, something that lets you do flashbacks to show how your compentent character prepared for this particular exigency would be good.

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I finally went and ate vegetarian goose and tangerine chicken at like 14:00. Bah.

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The paperwork episodes (12 and 13) of Dead Like Me. Only one left before we have to go scare up more!

I also watched the second disk (eps3-4) of Gantz. Not really more explanation of WTF is going on.

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Cats: Oh, sure, Marmalade, fawn all over Dave! Just because you know I'll forgive you when you nest on the giant plush bee! At least Dani still likes me!

Writing: check.

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6 May 2006 - Saturday

Bah! This is the Saturday of Disappointment!

I tried to make Marith give me a ride to the post orifice to get a parcel they were holding for me, but her car wouldn't start. AAA came and jump-started it, but her battery was shot so she couldn't ever turn the engine off again.

When we got to the post orifice, they couldn't find the package that I had been assured on Monday would be held for me.

We went to Sears so Marith could get a new battery, but they wanted to take an hour to replace it and Marith had the hungries, so we had no pancakes. (The pizza we did have was very nice, but it was not pancakes.)

Of course Sears hadn't even started when we showed up an hour later, so we had to sit around for another half hour waiting for them to get around to Marith's car.

The bookstore did not have Specials (Scott Westerfeld) even though I walked all the way downtown in the blazing heat and through the arts festival.

BAH!

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On the other hand, I got the new Vinge, Rainbows End. W00t!

Looks like the Unending War On Terror is becoming a standard trope of near-future SF written in this decade.

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Cats: Marmalade likes the new laundry so much he wouldn't abandon it even though I kept swiping stuff out from under him, and finally dumped a bunch of socks and underwear on top of him. I suppose I shouldn't let him nest there, but So. Cute.

Writing: check.

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5 May 2006 - Friday

More Dead Like Me, yay!

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Cats: They are orange. There are two of them.

Writing: check.

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4 May 2006 - Thursday

So. Sleepy.

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Marith had a bad day at work and didn't want to watch any Dead Like Me, so I was forced to watch more Elfen Lied. Not so much dismemberment on this disc, but plenty of doom.

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Cats: Apparently Marmalade did not empty his bucket of purrs last night, because there he was again this morning. I don't like having my bedroom door closed, and I don't want to exclude Dani, who sleeps quietly by my feets, but man.

Writing: check.

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3 May 2006 - Wednesday

For those people who want the Final Fantasy experience but can't afford a Playstation, now there's Zodiac.

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Despite confusion and/or giant space monkey invasions, we successfully played Dragon-Blooded. Death to the leech-god!

I still suck at gaming, but that's not news.

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Cats: This time Marmalade purrbucketed me while I was trying to detach myself from the computer and go to bed, so that was okay.

My, there is a lot of shedding. You'd almost think it was spring.

Writing: check.

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2 May 2006 - Tuesday

HAPPY HAPPY AL-DAY!

Al is now a Respected Elder Gamer, or something like that.

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Ack! No Neil for Tuesday Night Anime because he is at the hospital with Stacy! Ack! Spawning! Ack!

Nevertheless, the rest of us successfully watched anime. Shadow Star continues to have all the doom.

I still haven't managed to get the Full Metal Alchemist movie to transfer to DVD properly, so we watched extra Bleach and then started a new series. I offered a choice of Kiddy Grade, The Twelve Kingdoms, Gunslinger Girl or Mezzo, but Marith refused to have an opinion, so she can't complain that Dave picked Kiddy Grade!

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Cats: Marmalade came to purrbucket me at the beginning of the night this time! I was flopped on my ventral side in front of the fan, and he perched on my back and made with the kittybreading and the purring in my (did you know that a cat's purr is in close proximity to his whiskers?) and the grooming my hair. If I can get him to adopt this behavior in preference to purrbucketing at 0600, all will be well.

Writing: check.

Respected? by eyelessgame (Tue May 2 15:24:01 2006)

As was pointed out on my lj, forty is a Biblical synonym for 'infinite'.

Does "respected elder" no longer mean "never actually gets to"?

Re: Respected? by Trip (Wed May 3 11:02:54 2006)

As was pointed out on my lj, forty is a Biblical synonym for 'infinite'.

So what happens next year?

Does "respected elder" no longer mean "never actually gets to"?

Well, resting on your laurels removes the possibility of screwing up due to senility, but I don't think it's actually required.

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1 May 2006 - Monday

I finally shelled out for QuickTime Pro, because it seems like it might be able to do what I want with subtitles. (And perhaps also with audio sync.) Anyway, it was only $30.

After a lot of fiddling, I got semi-satisfactory results by showing the unsubtitled movie and the subtitles together in one screen, and have set QTP to converting the mess into a format that other video players can read. This will take hours and hours, so I won't find out how well it works until tomorrow.

I don't understand why the subtitles can be a solid bar with the text showing as cutouts to the image behind, but not vice-versa. I presume it's some horrible .srt hosage. Anyway, I managed to get a semi-transparent thing going that isn't ideal but isn't too bad.

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Writing: check.

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