Previously, in Trip's Life...

30 September 2008 - Tuesday

Work: Finishing upu, finishing upu, la la la.

Gaming: I tried to find a tool that will take input and write out HTML or PDF of a D&D4 monster stat block for custom monsters, but the only one I found knelt before M$.

Visual Entertainments: Conclusion of Dennou Coil! It was fairly conclusive! Also, Gurren Lagann is still silly, Shakugan no Shana seems to have finished the backstory arc, and Simoun is still pretty.

Silly Computer Games: La la la.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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29 September 2008 - Monday

Work: Apparently my contract is up after Thursday. Ah well.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Hah, I made it past level 30 in loops of zen! (It starts over with a small board, but using a different level generator, which I find generates more difficult levels.)

Cats: Ghirardelli frolicked quite adorably with the new sheets and tussled Marmalade through a sheet and was generally cute!

Writing: Blargh.

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28 September 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: Finally Ken is in town and not dead and we can play Thrace! This session, Resi and Erianthe tried to take over the town, and then we fought goblins and fell into holes and Lycoris got all stabbed again, but toasted a suitable number of goblins.

Visual Entertainments: Another episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Hm, that's not looking good for the good guys.

Food: Dim sum at the place on Castro for brunch, and Ken made raviolis and summer squash with bacon and cauliflower with red pepper as a break from abusing our characters.

Silly Computer Games: More loops of zen. I am starting to get the hang of it, although there is still a lot of doinking around aimlessly to get the last two free ends to connect.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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27 September 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: FAILURE.

Food: Yummy Thai lunch!

Silly Computer Games: For no readily apparent reason, my DSL line is back to normal levels of suckage today, so I was able to try out loops of zen. (It's regis's fault.)

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26 September 2008 - Friday

Work: Apparently the 2nd of next month will be my last day at vmWare, as they can't get budget for contractors any more. Ah well.

Random Encounters: Ran into Eric and Cat in the bookstore (Earl was allegedly somewhere around, but I didn't see him). Failed to go to dinner with them for reasons that can each and all be summarized as "Trip sucks completely".

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Couple more episodes of T:SCC. Still entertaining, although the voiceovers are kind of cheesy.

Food: Carnitas burrito. Yum.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh. Complained to the company that ate Idiom about my DSL line. Perhaps they will fix it. Perhaps not.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Blargh.

Reassurance by marith (Sun Sep 28 00:55:48 2008)

Dear fellow readers of Trip's web page,

Rest assured, the glorious lizard empire is on top of the situation. Every time Trip posts an entry containing a measurable quantity of self-hatred, a corresponding amount of oppression is administered by saurian agents in the form of hugs, stern poking, reasoned argument, confiscation of illicit doom caches, and (when necessary) threats of space penguins.

However, we feel that oppression works best when aimed from multiple sources. Enclosed please find your complimentary Virtual Thonkbat of soft foam, handy for use in bonking space parasites on the head whenever you feel it advisable. Have fun, and remember, picking on Trip builds character! (1)

(1) Feats not included. Florning available as cross-class skill.

Re: Reassurance by Trip (Sun Sep 28 20:58:34 2008)

HMPH!

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25 September 2008 - Thursday

Work: I'm getting toward the end of like three different projects. Blargh.

Gaming: FAILURE. And now everyone in the Ptolus game thinks I suck.

Visual Entertainments: First episode of Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles borrowed from Earl. Summer Glau makes a fine terminator, although it is terribly unfair to <rot13>chg ure guebhtu n Grezvangbe-havirefr gvzr whzc</rot13>

and then abide by the FCC restrictions on what can be shown on TV. Nevertheless, I will keep watching.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh. Still no net.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: I can write without net, but it's not clear this actually improves the world.

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24 September 2008 - Wednesday

Work: La la la.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Last three episodes of The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi! There was much discussion concerning certain differences between the chronologically-first six episodes and the rest, and why certain events seem to have been forgotten about. Earl's theory seems reasonable.

Next, hopefully, xxxHolic.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh. Can't play on-line games because network connection sucks the PMW.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Suckage and failure.

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23 September 2008 - Tuesday

Work: La la la.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: The reburned episode 23 of Dennou Coil worked, yay. Oh the doom! Two more episodes left!

Simoun is still pretty (and doomed), Gurren Lagann is still wacky (and probably doomed), Shakugan no Shana has the doomed backstory of doom.

Doooooooooom!

Food: I think I may need to reduce my standard burger order even further.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Wum.

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22 September 2008 - Monday

Work: Monday already?!

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: I only made it to level 33 in BTD. Bah!

Cats: Twelve paws, who have forgiven me for leaving them all weekend!

Writing: Tiny suckful writing.

BTD by Jeremy (Tue Sep 23 22:53:45 2008)

I was actually getting something done tonight, darn it!

Re: BTD by Trip (Thu Sep 25 09:00:53 2008)

I made it up to level 40 once! Sadly, the super-monkey did not save me.

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21 September 2008 - Sunday

Random Encounters: When Al drove Dave and I to meet Ayse and Ken in Davis, we met Ken's sister's dog, who is very up-jumpy but not too slobbery.

Gaming: Argh, I failed to notice the other stash of used gaming books in Viking Hobby until we were just about to flee.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Curse you, Al! Curse you!

Cats: Yay! Still twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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20 September 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: Check! We drove up to Roseville to play Al's Ptolus game, and our PCs were tremendously successful. The noble who hired us to spy on the drug dealer learned what he wanted and got his magic statue back, the drug dealer got his daughter's remains and his Evil Pocketwatch (although for slightly more than he had planned to pay), the magic statue was rescued, the slaves were freed, and the other gangsters never got a good look at our faces. It would have been better if the Evil Pocketwatch had not gotten back into circulation, but at least now people who are of high enough level to do something about it know what's going on.

This was all due to my character's clever planning, of course. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

After Ayse and Ken ran off to visit Ken's sister in Davis, I demonstrated 4th edition on for Al and Sherilyn. They were properly admiring of how much faster combats are.

Visual Entertainments: VACATION.

Food: Check.

Silly Computer Games: None!

Cats: I hope they are okay!

Writing: VACATION.

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19 September 2008 - Friday

Work: MySQL bows to my will!

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: Hm, the chile verde burrito was not quite what I wanted.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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18 September 2008 - Thursday

Work: Blargh.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Writing is hard. Writing less suckfully is even harder.

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17 September 2008 - Wednesday

Work: Oh, that's why that thing doesn't work: the two pieces are looking at completely different tables. Sheesh.

Gaming: FAILURE: Ken is still out of town, so no Earthdawn for us!

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws! With purrbucketing!

Writing: If I didn't suck, I would write this thing for Ayse or that thing for Marith.

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16 September 2008 - Tuesday

Work: Blargh, still sleepy.

Gaming: Borders has yielded up its bounty to me! Muahahahah!

Visual Entertainments: Simoun is still pretty and melodramatic, Dennou Coil is ever-increasingly doomed (although episode 23 crapped out on us), and Shana is full of explosions and glowing werewolves.

We started Gurren Lagann, which is wacky but charming.

Silly Computer Games: Not too much, because sacking Borders took too much time.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: No progress, because I suck.

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15 September 2008 - Monday

Work: Blargh, sleepy.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: I must write a thing back to Ayse! This is difficult, because I am made of suck and fail, but I will see what I can do.

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14 September 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: I ran D&D4 for Jeremy, Rachel, and Dave. They got XP and loot, so presumably they were satisfied. Also, the kobolds were defeated and their high priestess set on fire.

In 4½ hours, we got through four encounters:

  • Level 2 encounter: 1 level 8 monster (this turned out weaker than two level 4s would have been, because although it always hit and had high defenses, it still only got one attack per turn)
  • Level 2 encounter: 7 level 1 minions and 2 level 1 traps (better, although still somewhat underwhelming, partly because one of the traps fizzled pathetically)
  • Level 4 encounter: 1 level 3 monster and 3 level 2 monsters (the level 3 (kobold wyrmpriestess) almost got away with about 2 hp left, but they chased her down)
  • Level 2 encounter: 4 level 1 monsters (by this time the PCs had levelled)

Three is awfully small for a party, so everyone is going to try making up second characters and we will see how that works. Encounters will be approximately twice as long, but hopefully they will be at least twice as exciting.

Visual Entertainments: More Negima!. It is okay, but not as good as the manga (and no, not just because there's less fanservice).

Food: Marith and I lured Ayse to Country Gourmet, so we know she has eaten at least one meal today even though Ken isn't here to cook for her!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Fail.

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13 September 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: Betrayal! I called Borders to see if they had the Adventurer's Vault and they said they had five copies so I scuttled down there only to be told that they don't have any copies, despite what their inventory system says. Bah. Then, they said the release date is actually Tuesday, not today, so even if they had any, they wouldn't be able to sell them to me. Apparently the fact that they sold me something with the same release date yesterday is irrelevant. Or maybe they're just FULL OF FAIL.

I did get a map drawn for tomorrow, though. Muahahaha.

Visual Entertainments: Another episode of Negima!.

Food: Further betrayal! Thai City was closed! They didn't even have a sign explaining why, like they did when the plumbing exploded! So I had to eat at the Thai place on University that has the fried sweet potato appetizer.

Silly Computer Games: Yes.

Cats: Now that there are fewer thermions, the cats are becoming more affectionate. Marmalade came and purrbucketed me!

Writing: See previous entry.

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12 September 2008 - Friday

Work: Indeed, once I stopped being stupid with data structures, it all went together nicely. Sheesh.

Gaming: Borders has the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide on the shelves, but not the Adventurer's Vault, even though they have the same release date. And of course, the one they don't have is the one I want most immediately. Bah!

They said maybe they'll have it tomorrow.

Visual Entertainments: The Place Promised in Our Early Days, which I think is in the same genre of applied physics and loss as Voices of a Distant Star.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh sudoku blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Suck suck fail fail suck suck fail.

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11 September 2008 - Thursday

Work: It really is true that if you design your data structures well, the rest of the program will fall into place.

Gaming: Apparently I will be running for Jeremy and Rachel and Dave on Sunday. I should draw up some maps. Maps of DOOOOM!

Visual Entertainments: Labyrinth of Flame. Presumably the trailer was interesting, or I wouldn't have put it in my queue, but I can't imagine how an interesting trailer could have been made from the show. Oh well. At least I'm not staying up all night watching anime.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Ghirardelli is not entirely clean again, but disliked being cleaned that he did at least a little about it. Meep.

Writing: Suck suck suck, fail fail fail.

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10 September 2008 - Wednesday

Work: My brain hurts. This makes coding less productive.

Gaming: Rumor has it there will be no Thrace this Sunday and no Earthdawn next Wednesday. Sniff!

Visual Entertainments: More Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi! This time we got to see <rot13>shgher Zvxheh</rot13> and also the chronologically last couple of episodes. Only three left, and then we will have to find something else to watch.

Silly Computer Games: Not too much.

Cats: Ghirardelli seems reasonably hygenic, but swatted at Marmalade and made him scarper. You win some, you lose some, I guess.

Cat and Earl's normally-mean cat Maddie sat in Ayse's lap and purred and purred. Huh.

Writing: Suckage and failitude.

Maddie by cat (Fri Sep 12 18:36:14 2008)

Hey, Maddie's not all mean! It's just her left ventricle that's black. I've been training her to show her right ventricle of gold more, is all. (Her atria are white, of course.)

Re: Maddie by Trip (Sun Sep 14 11:06:23 2008)

Maybe it's just me she doesn't like. I bet Aspen has been telling stories about how I oppress her terribly! :)

re: maddie by cat (Wed Sep 24 15:11:07 2008)

Aw, Maddie likes you! She's just very picky about personal space. =P

Re: maddie by Trip (Thu Sep 25 08:59:33 2008)

She was a lot more friendly this week, it's true!

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9 September 2008 - Tuesday

Work: Codingu codingu la la la.

Gaming: I know what the next three encounters for "Against the Kobolds" will be, but I have at least a month to write them up.

Visual Entertainments: Kodocha ended with a cheesy recap episode. Apparently there is another season in existence, but I don't know if we'll care enough to hunt it down and watch it.

Despite the apparent climax last time, Dennou Coil has even more doom! And only five episodes to go!

Shakugan no Shana is threatening huge doom, but I don't know if it will actually deliver.

Simoun is very, but also pretty. It seems to have plenty of scope for doom.

Food: Too much pizza. Blargh.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Uh oh, Ghirardelli is not keeping himself clean. I hope this is just a lapse and not a sign of something wrong.

Writing: The only thing I don't fail at is sucking.

hugs! by marith (Tue Sep 9 23:04:17 2008)

You are an excellent cat-dad. If you are still worried about Ghiradelli tomorrow we can take him to the vet to make sure he is still in perfect fluffiness.

It is okay to write things that you think suck. It is even okay to write things that do suck, not that I am saying you would, but it would still be okay. Writing even though it sucks and you think you fail is part of getting through the block.

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8 September 2008 - Monday

Work: Bah, it is not enough for the user. Also, it's Monday.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Marmalade and Ghirardelli flopped with their heads toward each other and turned sideways and batted at each other, so I guess they are still friends.

Writing: More failure than you can shake a pencil at.

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7 September 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: "Against the Kobolds" had another session today, this time with actual kobolds. Jeremy's character was taken to 0 hit points about three times, but never finished dying, and that wasn't even the time when they were all hanging from a rope and the kobolds cut it.

However, I stupidly used the "default" pronoun for the kobolds, revealing that I am a suck-filled tool of the patriarchy.

Visual Entertainments: First episode off the third disc of Negima!, since I was too lame to have time to watch anything longer. It was the "Net Idol Chiu" episode.

Food: Marith lured me to Country Gourmet, where I had the lemon chicken which was not too much food (unlike the stir-fry).

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Suckage and fail.

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6 September 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: Sort of prepared for D&D tomorrow. At least, I drew up some maps. With DOOOOM!

Visual Entertainments: Now I have finished Gilgamesh. My, that was a depressing ending. They should have consulted the guy from Evangelion about their Singularity plan.

Silly Computer Games: Glargh.

Cats: I suspect Ghirardelli of oppressing the other two cats, but I don't know what to do about it even if I'm correct.

Writing: Fail levels holding constant or increasing slightly.

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5 September 2008 - Friday

Work: The user was not entirely satisfied, but I think I can give him what he says he wants without too much more work.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Sixth (and penultimate) disc of Gilgamesh. It seems fairly clear where the ending is going.

Silly Computer Games: Sudoku is so much more appealing than thinking.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Faility fail fail.

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4 September 2008 - Thursday

Work: Hopefully this will satisfy the user.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Ginormous failitude.

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3 September 2008 - Wednesday

Work: I expect perl data structures seem luxurious to C programmers, but after using an OO language like ruby, naked arrays of handles seem pretty clumsy.

Gaming: FAILURE. Mike can't leave his lair because he has to parent, and Ayse can't leave her lair because she's full of germs, so there is once again no Earthdawn.

Visual Entertainments: Disc five of Gilgamesh. The doom increases, and there are hints that the ending will be Evangelion-like.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Still with the fail.

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2 September 2008 - Tuesday

Work: Back to perl! Also, explaining to users why the bogus numbers on the reports they ask for are bogus.

Gaming: Sent out some thoughts about 4th ed wizards, but FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Sniff, we are out of Spice and Wolf! Next week, Simoun!

Kodocha is very tragic and also almost over. After next week's finale, Gurren Lagann.

The reburned episode of Dennou Coil functioned properly, and wow. It looked like a climax, but there are still six episodes left!

Shakugan no Shana is cutting back and forth between the alien girlfriend romance plot and the horrible soul-eating monsters plot, which seem destined to collide messily.

Silly Computer Games: Sudoku until my brain fell out.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Made of fail.

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1 September 2008 - Monday

Work: No work on Labor Day!

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Fourth disc of Gilgamesh. They are all so very doomed.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Ghirardelli is being extra-affectionate today! Aspen still spurns the kitty treats, though.

Writing: The fail is strong with this one.

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