Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 October 2008 - Friday

Work: No news, and I was too lame to nag Taos. Bah.

Halloween: Whooshing winds: check! Kids in costumes: check! Yummy root vegetables (they come from the ground, just like zombies): check! Zombie Fluxx: check! Sounds like Halloween to me!

Gaming: Okay, time to lay out my indecision in written form!

  • Armor Proficiency (Leather)
    • Pro: +2 AC; everyone likes half-elves in leather
    • Con: Is it better to improve strengths than patch weakenesses?
  • Defensive Mobility
    • Pro: +2 AC vs opportunity attacks, which spellcasters provoke frequently
    • Con: At this point, not as good as proficiency with leather armor
  • Skill Training (Bluff)
    • Pro: Training in a skill with a racial bonus
    • Con: I can't play a talker, and shouldn't play a leader in this campaign
  • Pact Initiate
    • Pro: Like Skill Training (Bluff) plus an encounter attack power
    • Con: Like Skill Training (Bluff)
  • Skill Focus: Insight
    • Pro: Further supports claims of psychic ability
    • Con: Insight would still be unimpressive compared to rest of party, even before they buy up their Wis
  • Expanded Spellbook
    • Pro: More spells to choose from
    • Con: So far, there are only about two good spells per level
  • Assume Smaller Form
    • Pro: Could become a goblin or halfling, both of which seem important in the campaign
    • Con: Would have to talk the GM into inventing it; enhances a racial power that never gets used anyway
  • Linguist
    • Pro: Could speak Goblin, Halfling, Lizardman, ...
    • Con: Anything we want to talk to will probably speak Greek or Latin anyway, so only useful for infiltration (see above)
  • Durable
    • Pro: Have gone to 0 surges, so would actually help
    • Con: Boring
  • Toughness
    • Pro: Have gone to 0 hit points, so would actually help
    • Con: Boring
  • Jack of All Trades
    • Pro: More plusses are always good
    • Con: With five characters including a rogue, all skills are covered
  • Alchemy
    • Pro: It's from a splatbook, so it must be good
    • Con: Ritual casting doesn't get used, so why would alchemy?

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: Aforementioned roasted root vegetables, also assorted cheeses and breadses.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: According to Marmalade, ninjas snuck up on me while I was out shopping and painted my hands with a mixture of meat drippings and catnip. Fortunately, he was able to save me before the next stage of their insidious plan could be implemented. Darn you, ninjas!

Writing: Blargh.

functional specification! by Graydon (Sat Nov 1 15:03:34 2008)

Hard to answer any of those questions without knowing what you want the character to do.

Alchemy is a support thing; provide healing potions, clingfire for combusting undead, lore rolls (don't drink that? you can't drink that, it's sand...), and so forth. The armor and defensive proficiencies are for someone who gets into melee.

As far as improving strengths versus patching weaknesses, I'd go with Sun Tzu -- "To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself." (This is a vote for patching weaknesses.)

Go not to the half-elves for advice by Carl (Sun Nov 2 03:01:35 2008)

If you've been going to 0 hit points, more AC sounds like a good idea. Plus: magical half-elves in magical half-leather! So eventually it'll be worth more than +2, as magic leather armor is bought/found/stolen/looted from corpses it didn't help enough. What's the point of Linguist if you don't want to play a talker?

Half-elves being dual in nature, they already encompass Sun Tzu's notion of both direct effort and special effort encompassing each other.

Also, reread Walter Jon Williams' Knight Moves which makes a strong case that all skills first depend on survival, since once you are dead all things are made much harder to accomplish. Plus it's good.

Re: functional specification! by Trip (Sun Nov 2 19:06:35 2008)

Obviously I want to maximize the fun value of playing the character! This is like maximizing effectiveness, because being ineffectual is no fun, but it's not necessary to be more effective than everyone else.

Note that Lycoris isn't actually a half-elf, she just plays one on TV pretends to be one because people react so much less positively to shapeshifting demonspawn. However, she's now level two and still hasn't used Change Self during play, so perhaps the infiltration potential is illusory and should be ignored.

Lycoris would very much like to not have to worry about being in melee, but experience so far suggests this is a vain hope in the twisty mazes of subterranean passages she keeps ending up in.

In 4th ed, magical cloth armor (ie, clothes) is as common as magical leather armor, so the advantage of leather over cloth will remain approximately constant.

Upon further consideration, I think the principle of improving strengths rather than patching weaknesses applies mostly to active things (it's better to have one really good attack than several mediocre attacks).

The GM suggests either Toughness, Armor Proficiency (Leather), or multiclassing to Warlock to get Dungeoneering rather than Bluff. Hm.

optimization of fun by Graydon (Mon Nov 3 06:37:24 2008)

is a very distinct challenge when what you appear to derive fun from involves a conviction of your own ineptness. This suggests narrow margins of survival are optimal....

Shape shifting for infiltration is a)dangerous (no backup) and b)really hard for the GM to play effectively, because neither "everybody else pause" nor "let's run this at a different time" work all that well. Shape shifting to give you a respectable ID and a badass adventurer ID might work better.

Toughness, not being dependent on stuff, seems like a good idea.

When this character is rich and powerful, what kind of rich and powerful are they going to be?

Leveling by marith (Mon Nov 3 12:01:49 2008)

is a very distinct challenge when what you appear to derive fun from involves a conviction of your own ineptness.

Score!

Shapeshifting may not have come up yet, but I could see it resulting in some really amusing RP down the line. You might want to hang on to it a bit longer.

Toughness seems practical. Resi doesn't want her best minion to die!

Re: optimization of fun by Trip (Mon Nov 3 13:02:21 2008)

Hey! I resemble that remark!

It is true that infiltration has the Decker Problem. Also my character in the other game is the ninja, so she's always stealing screen time to go scout alone.

Lycoris is sort of hampered with respect to wealth and power, as she's technically a slave (think Greek tutor in Roman times, not American-style slavery). Eventually she will probably buy her freedom and become a famous inventor of spells that make wizards the best class. Also, since her non-adventuring skills are painting and mathematics, she'll probably invent perspective if no one has yet.

Your point about Toughness not needing any props to be useful is good, although I think leather armor is common enough that having a feat that requires it isn't too doomed.

Re: Levelling by Trip (Mon Nov 3 13:04:06 2008)

Lycoris isn't going to lose the power to shapeshift, don't worry. I'm just trying to decide how much to put into improving it beyond what she was born with.

I just realized that Toughness is probably what you get if someone forces you to take more cold baths to toughen you up. Argh!

Levelation by Carl (Mon Nov 3 22:12:24 2008)

You didn't mention you had painting! In that case, you should have the special effect that you shapeshift by painting a picture of the thing you're shifting into, then your appearance swaps with the painting's. In that case, take Assume Smaller Form so that you can paint miniatures. Painted miniatures are an important component of D&D.

Death to deckers, please.

As a proper slave, shouldn't your master be deciding your feat? As a proper tutor, if you have taught your master well, then they should have the tools of thought to select well for you!

Or take some feat that makes you a better painter, and offer to do portraits of things that attack you if they'll let you live. Later, learn (or invent!) magic that steals the souls of things you paint. Step 4, Profit!

Re: Levelation by Trip (Mon Nov 3 23:07:57 2008)

Lycoris is not a very good slave, I'm afraid. However, her master has been listening to the priestess who thinks cold baths build toughness, so it may come to that anyway.

The painting swap thing would be a good special effect for pretending to use a spell to shapeshift. Also, bad BAD Carl.

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30 October 2008 - Thursday

Work: Blargh.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Le Portrait de Petite Cossette, three episodes of love, reincarnation, blood, art, loligoths, dreamworlds, and blood. It was okay, but not gripping.

Silly Computer Games: BLARGH.

Cats: Aspen and Marmalade spent most of the day snuggled up on the bed, almost as though it was cold today or something. Ghirardelli, with his thick fluffy fur, scampered around more and demanded many pettins.

Writing: A tiny amount of writing, with a huge amount of suck.

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29 October 2008 - Wednesday

Work: No updates.

Interblags: Ayse has fiendishly lured me to goodreads, because she is a fiendish fiend.

Gaming: Mike turned out to not be dead, so we played Earthdawn. No monsters were harmed on-screen, but we explored a ruined kaer, were spooked by something that might be a pack of invisible hive-mind wolves bred to hunt Horrors, and found Important Clues. Now we get to back-track again and try to find the Secret City of Enigmatic Mysteries!

Visual Entertainments: The sixth disc of xxxHolic has arrived! Yay!

Silly Computer Games: I seem to be getting worse at sudoku the more I play. Apparently my brain has been installed backwards.

Cats: I oppressed Aspen so much with the pettins!

Writing: Horrible FAILURE! Sorry, Ayse!

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28 October 2008 - Tuesday

Work: No change.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Rose of Versailles 6: I could have sworn characterization, even for villains, had been invented by the 70s. Gurren Lagann 10-11: Recovery from angst! Also, I like Nia. Shakugan no Shana 22: Oh the doom! Simoun 10-11: Recovery from doom! Presumably further doom will be forthcoming.

Silly Computer Games: Lots.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Braining is hard, let's surf the web.

Nia by Dave (Thu Oct 30 12:35:56 2008)

What's not to like about her? ;) Except, perhaps, her voice, which I find a little high pitched.

Re: Nia by Trip (Thu Oct 30 15:21:29 2008)

Hardly anything! But with that character design, I was prepared for the worst. :)

Re: Nia by marith (Thu Oct 30 19:34:56 2008)

I like her too! Best line so far: "I understand now. You are a pissing-off person!"

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27 October 2008 - Monday

Work: No change.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Neil has made off with most of the anime from last week for catch-up purposes, and the discs of Rose of Versailles I made won't play on my TV (too much overscan, so the subtitles are off the screen), so the only show Marith could catch up on was xxxHolic. Bah!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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26 October 2008 - Sunday

Lizard Retrieval Mission: VICTORY! Marith has returned from the East Coast where her parents were torturing her and not letting her play enough video games!

Gaming: Marith was not too flat after travelling, so we played Ken's Thrace game. We have either rebooted Resi's house spirit or unleashed a magical horror on the town; only time will tell.

Indignities inflicted upon Lycoris: slashed by skeletons, gnawed by rats, magic powers blocked by arcane maze. Evidence of Lycoris's superiority: phat loots (+1 mnemonic staff, ritual supplies), and level UP!

She swapped the never-used ray of frost for the hopefully much more useful thunderwave, and I'm pretty sure the second-level powers she wants are shield and expeditious retreat, but I still don't know what feat to give her. All the ones I thought about earlier still seem appealing.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: Cera and Ken forced some of their mushroomy chicken and rice pilaf on me. Forced, I tell you!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Heck, even rereading my own writing is hard. And painful.

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25 October 2008 - Saturday

Random Encounters: Jim (former servant of Marmalade) near Trader Joe's. His hair still keeps me from recognizing him, because it is not the traditional hair of his peoples.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Piles of Trigun. At this point it looks like an instantiation of a standard trope; I'm not sure if it's popular because it does something different with it, or because it was one of the first to use this trope. Or because fangirls squee over the male characters.

Silly Computer Games: So much sudoku.

Cats: Twelve super-adorable paws that want to be on my keyboard! (Well, a majority of them, anyway.)

Writing: Implementation is still hard. My brain hurts. Also, I suck.

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24 October 2008 - Friday

Work: Argh, the prospective client still can't get their anatids into a linear array. Taos will see if there is anyone else who wants me, and if they find someone before the prospective client gets organized, sucks to be them.

This is disappointing, but not tragic.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Wow, the anime version of Negima! condensed the entire Kyoto school trip arc into two episodes.

Cats: Aspen stomped all over the blanket on my legs this morning because I was untimely in producing the gooshyfoods!

Writing: Well, that's like an idea, but implementing ideas is hard. Let's die in a pit!

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23 October 2008 - Thursday

HAPPY HAPPY AYSE-DAY!!

Festivities: Carl and I took Ayse to dim sum, the library, coffee, and a bakery, because we are just that unemployed nice.

Work: Still no confirmation. Hrm.

Gaming: I talked to Ayse and Carl a lot about gaming, which was like something, or maybe something else.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAILURE.

Fair Peril by Carl (Sun Oct 26 02:52:50 2008)

Talking about gaming is both itself and something besides, and therefore magical. Plus Mitford sisters as daughters of Amber!

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22 October 2008 - Wednesday

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Ken's move to watch Jeeves & Wooster instead of xxxHolic was revealed to be a general, rather than specific, idea when he mentioned that he didn't actually have any J&W discs on hand, so we had to watch xxxHolic after all. I'm sure Marith will forgive us, eventually.

Yuuko may be somewhat annoying, but she can order me around any time.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws of cuteness!

Writing: Blargh.

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21 October 2008 - Tuesday

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Neil is back, but this week we have no Marith. We are sad. But we have political doom in Rose of Versailles, narrowly averted doom in Simoun, narrowly-averted but ever-increasing doom in Shana, and post-doom angst in Gurren Lagann, which makes it all okay, right?

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAILURE.

Gurren Lagann by Dave (Fri Oct 24 10:36:22 2008)

Much to my amusement, I ran across a DDR X track that is based on this (it uses clips from the anime as the background video).

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20 October 2008 - Monday

Work: I guess no news is still like good news.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Some Negima!, once I figured which disc I was on.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Six ears! Also: three noses!

Writing: FAILURE.

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19 October 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: I did run D&D4, but it was only vaguely for 11th level characters, as Dave and Ken both independently calculated attack bonuses that were 5 points too low. This made the level 11 encounter drag on much longer than it should have, but didn't really change the final outcome. But we still don't really know what a level 11 fight is like!

Next time, I'll use bigger monsters!

Visual Entertainments: Finished the first disc of Suzuka. There is nothing wrong with it, but I'm not sure it is my genre. Or maybe the genre that makes me feel old and ugly is the correct one. (I guess that would count as cinema verite?)

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws of scampering!

Writing: Blargh.

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18 October 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: I think that's everything except pre-drawn maps. I wonder if anyone will want to game.

Visual Entertainments: Start of Suzuka, which is okay so far.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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17 October 2008 - Friday

Work: Due to paperwork on the client end, it now looks like I will be starting a week from this coming Monday. If I were clever, I would use this extra week of vacation in a productive manner.

Twisted Genius: Ken sent me this link. Words fail me. Er, except for the word "genius" and it's good friend "twisted".

Gaming: Oh look, it's a grab-bag of magic items that may or may not be suitable for whatever characters people create, if they create any.

Visual Entertainments: Check. (H anime ranging from actively icky to enh. That'll teach me to pay attention to reviews.)

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Ghirardelli was lying in one of his favorite spots, the old fleece jacket under the coffee table, and Aspen went and laid down next to him!

Yay cats who get along!

Writing: Enh.

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16 October 2008 - Thursday

Work: Still no word...

Vacation: Marith has flown away to visit her family for many days in an exotic location! I hope she will survive!

Gaming: Scheduled gaming and backup gaming have both failed for this weekend, so I threatened to run a D&D4 one-shot for 11th-level characters. However, no one has sent me any character ideas, so I can't give them ten levels' worth of appropriate magic items. I guess I'll just have to come up with a grab-bag that they can fight over.

I do mostly have an adventure that I can scale to the number of characters that actually get created, as long as it's at least three.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: mony told me to go to Fiesta del Mar and order carnitas, so I did. Who am I to flout the power of the tiggy?

Silly Computer Games: Yargh.

Cats: Ghirardelli isn't much of a lap-cat, but he is often a sitting-quietly-next-to-me cat, which is also pretty swell.

Writing: Blargh.

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15 October 2008 - Wednesday

Work: Still no confirmation. I need to call tomorrow and point out that it's getting closer to next Monday.

Gaming: Yay Earthdawn! Our plan went almost exactly as we had planned! We killed the non-Euclidean rock spirit, saved the obsidimen, got adopted into their tribe, and were not lynched by the trolls for exploding their flight stone! Yay us!

Isidari has high enough skills to become 5th circle, at which point she can start putting experience into getting a second attack every round. Whee!

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: I did not go to Chili's today, so I enjoyed my lunch, even though it was probably not any more nutritious.

Silly Computer Games: I tried out Vector TD 2 and Turret Wars. They were okay, but sadly lacking in monkeys.

Cats: Ghirardelli was sitting in an elevated position on the scratching circle, so Marmalade pulled down the scratching circle refills and sat on those, in an even more elevated position (because it's a two-pack, so it's fatter than the one in the circle). It is almost as though I have two boy cats.

Writing: Blargh.

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14 October 2008 - Tuesday

Work: La la la.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Rose of Versailles 3: This melodrama goes to 11! Simoun 7-8: This angst goes to 11! Shakugan no Shana 19: This angst only goes to 10. Gurren Lagann 7-8: This shonen goes to 11!

Food: Why did I go to Chili's? Did I just forget how not-good their food is? If so, I won't be making that mistake again!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws of cuteness!

Writing: Not zero, but it's hard to say whether that's positive or negative.

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13 October 2008 - Monday

Work: I am tentatively scheduled to start next Monday. Whee!

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the disc of You're Under Arrest! shorts. Enh.

Food: Tentatively celebratory Thai lunch, but I wasn't very hungry at all, despite not having had any real breakfast. Weird.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws! But I had to cancel the appointment because Marith will not be around to convey us to the vet until after her Horrible Family Vacation. I am not worried, because the cats are active and hungry and show the levels of tolerance for me that are normal.

Writing: FAILURE.

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12 October 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: Yay Thrace! This session, we finished cleaning out the goblin nest, and then started investigating the new mayor's creepy basement. Indignities heaped upon Lycoris: punctured by goblins, gnawed by rats, insulted by priestesses, woken up in the middle of the night.

I didn't give her thunderwave because Dave's wizard had it, but she never uses ray of frost, so maybe I should swap it out. Bah.

At this rate, we'll probably level next session, and then I'll have to figure out which feat to take. Linguist, so we can talk to some of these critters? (But all the ones we need to talk to probably already speak Greek or Latin.) +3 Insight, because she's supposed to be psychic? (But everyone pumped their Insight, so it's hard to be best at it.) Cross-class to Warlock to get Bluff as an in-class skill? (She should have the skill, but I can't play a talker.) Convince Ken to make up a feat to let a doppeling assume a Small form? (But she doesn't use her racial power at all.) Proficiency with leather armor? Defensive mobility? Durable? Expanded spellbook? Jack of all trades? Toughness? Alchemy?

Thinking is hard, let's explode some rats!

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE. But I think yesterday may have counted double.

Food: Nothing as exciting as yesterday.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Marmalade came and slept on my arm! So cute!

Writing: Blargh.

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11 October 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: Talked to Ayse about gaming stuff a bit, but it didn't change how suckful of a GM I am.

Visual Entertainments: For her birthday, Marith showed people the first episodes of many anime series to which they had not previously been exposed, in hopes that Ayse or Earl or Cat would be excited to a similar level of fangirlishness. Sadly, she failed, I think because most people do not have her potential for fangirlosity.

I think the final judgements were something like:

  • Simoun: pretty but lacking in substance, and girlsmooches are inherently dubious if boys are watching the show
  • Ergo Proxy: possibly interesting (sound levels annoyingly variable, but that's just a disc issue)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: insufficiently respectful of religion; also, shonen
  • Spice and Wolf: possibly interesting, although many people thought Horo looked more like a fox than a wolf
  • Le Chevalier d'Eon: possibly interesting, although the lack of wigs is completely non-historical
  • Samurai Champloo: too violent and insufficiently historical
  • Dennou Coil: possibly interesting, yay cyberpuppies

This is not to say that no entertainment was derived, although eight episodes is a lot for one day. I think my eyes were turning square by the end.

Food: In the morning, Earl provided raised (ie, leavened) waffles, whipped cream, and bacon, because that is how cool he is. In the evening, we went to Cafe Pro Bono and feasted upon many things, such as wild boar sausage and orange-thyme duck. Carl was able to join us because unlike Cat and Earl's place, the restaurant was not full of cats, so there was even more feasting.

Blort!

Silly Computer Games: Not too much.

Cats: Maddy jumped up and walked on me, so I guess she doesn't completely disdain me, only mostly.

Writing: FAILURE.

birthday anime by marith (Sun Oct 12 17:11:48 2008)

I don't think the viewing was a failure! We already know that Mariths are from the Extreme Fangirl Planet. :)

People seemed to like most of the shows just fine, and some of them quite a bit. Where shows didn't grab people, I think it was mostly because the characters didn't have enough glomosity in the intro episode. Also, tastes differ. I hear this is normal among sentient life forms.

Re: birthday anime by Carl (Mon Oct 13 02:28:50 2008)

Is it possible that Marith is fangirliest person ever? Signs indicate, maybe?

Given that I like 4 of 5 of those series that I've seen (and the other I don't dislike, I just didn't like it enough to make time to watch it), that suggests I should get around to watching Ergo Proxy and perhaps even try Simoun, despite the dubious girlsmooch-powered craft. At least the episode I saw looked very pretty.

Should there have been Kyou Kara Maou or Gravitation to balance with boysmooches, or would that have resulted in brainbreaking?

Re: birthday anime by Trip (Mon Oct 13 10:27:00 2008)

The scary thing is, I'm pretty sure Marith is not the fangirliest person ever! She's not even the fangirliest person alive today!

Does it help if I mention Marith's theory that Simoun is really Bliss Stage? So far as we can tell, the second person in the magic aircraft is there only to provide smooches relationship dice...

I have no idea how boysmooches would have gone over. I suspect there might have been squeeing from part of the audience.

anime - my thoughts by cat (Fri Oct 17 16:14:25 2008)

* Simoun: pretty and intriguing. i want to know more about the world. Are they female, or are they just neuter until a certain point? The girly smooching can be seen as fanboy appreciation, but are they more chaste love kisses instead of hot-n-heavy-sex kisses? I'm thinking more the former. Obsess obsess obsess. * Ergo Proxy: dark. It's darker than i usually go for, but it could still be good. It didn't really grab me - i didn't dislike it, but it hasn't eaten my brain. * Fullmetal Alchemist: Seemed bubblegum based on just the first episode, but i trust my friends that it's more and goes deeper than that. This is another one where i am strangely really really curious to see what else happens. Obsess obsess obsess. * Spice and Wolf: cute! Is there more background fairytale-type story? I like fariytales, from wherever, updated however. Or is that all the folk tale we get? * Le Chevalier d'Eon: hmmm, mercury vampires aren't quite my thing, but i could watch it. * Samurai Champloo: yes, violent, but somehow reminds me of Usagi Yogimbo. I actually liked the story a lot and wanted to have more story. * Dennou Coil: cute! Drawing style is totally like Miyazaki. I like, and have been watching from the disks Trip was kind enough to leave behind. They were good to watch while home sick.

Re: anime - my thoughts by Trip (Sat Oct 18 12:39:13 2008)

  • Simoun: I think they are female, more or less. Some of the pairs (like Neviril and her dead pairmate) are pretty smooch-tastic, but not all of them. In later episodes there are suggestions that sex can be and perhaps often is involved in pairing.
  • Ergo Proxy: It's an example of the "WTF is going on?" genre, which I think Marith likes a lot (eg, Utena) because she likes theorizing. And yes, it is full of doom.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: I think the first bit is to lure in the brainless young men so they will watch the parts that Marith likes. Also a show with a lot of WTFness.
  • Spice and Wolf: We find out more about Horo's past, a little, but most of what happens in the series is quite practical and not too fairy-tale like.
  • Le Chevalier d'Eon: They're only mercury zombies! Also full of doom.
  • Samurai Champloo: Yah, for all the anachronisms, it does somehow have the Japanese-historical vibe.
  • Dennou Coil: It's great! Possibly the best single episode is around #12 or #13; you will know it when you see it.

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10 October 2008 - Friday

HAPPY HAPPY MARITH-DAY!!

Work: No word, and I failed to nag anyone today. I'll have to do it Monday.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Some of the You're Under Arrest "mini-adventures", which are like 5-minute shorts. A lot of them seem to involve underwear thieves, peeping toms, idjits who give the main characters no respect because they have breasts, etc. I don't recall noticing an excess of that sort of thing in the actual series; I wonder if that means I am more aware now, or if the series wasn't so much like that.

Silly Computer Games: Lots.

Cats: I actually made appointments for the cats to be professionally oppressed next week. Muahahahaha!

Writing: Still suck.

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9 October 2008 - Thursday

Work: Still no word.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Aspen and Marmalade got postcards today! Sadly they are not from far-roaming relatives, but only from the vet saying certain cats need their yearly dose of medical oppression.

Writing: FAILURE.

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8 October 2008 - Wednesday

Work: Still no news.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Yay xxxHolic! (<sigh>Yuuko-sama!</sigh>) The art style is correctly strange, and Watanuki and Yuuko are each correctly annoying, so it is a worthy adaptation.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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7 October 2008 - Tuesday

Work: No news today.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Wow, Rose of Versailles is so very 70s in art style and melodrama. But as Marith says, it's like watching Casablanca: those things weren't cliches back then!

Shana is probably in the final arc, when everyone gets eaten by monsters. Gurren Lagann is sillier and sillier. Simoun is still terribly melodramatic but very pretty.

Silly Computer Games: Still can't get track 8 on medium difficulty. Bah!

Cats: I stared down Aspen! I M TEH WINZ0R!

Writing: Failed to get ahead. Bah.

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6 October 2008 - Monday

Work: The client from Friday's phone-scream was taken in by my secret technique for appearing intelligent (repeat back a summary of what your interlocutor just explained), so once the money and paperwork on their end get straightened out, I will almost certainly have a new assignment. Taos expects this to happen within two weeks.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the first season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Still plenty of doom, although I don't think <rot13>gur rkcybfvba ng gur raq bs gur ynfg rcvfbqr ernyyl qvq va Pnzreba.</rot13> Maybe it just <rot13>fgevccrq gur syrfu sebz ure punffvf, fb gurl pna trg n arj npgerff</rot13> for the second season?

Food: Celebratory Thai lunch with Marith!

Silly Computer Games: Track 8 of BTD3 is really hard. It took me several tries to get through it just on easy, and on medium, I'm doing well if I can last long enough for the round 37 MOAB to crush me. I haven't found a way to both stop the first N rounds from leaking a balloon or two each round and not waste my resources on things that will be useless later.

Cats: The weather is cool enough that Aspen will snuggle on my bed (when I'm not there), so I was able to sneak up on her and give her the pettins twice! Hee hee!

Writing: I guess I'll call that finished.

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5 October 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: The Palo Alto 4th ed group made up secondary characters because three is a bit small for a party. Last time we did four encounters in one session, and this time we did two encounters that were twice as large, so it all works out. However, now that everyone is more used to their new characters, we might be able to do three encounters if we don't have too many interruptions. And that's like more gaming, right?

Visual Entertainments: Another episode of T:tSCC. Still plenty of doom, plus (unsurprisingly) what seems to me a naive view of what sort of cognition it takes to convincingly imitate a human. At least it's unclear whether it's the writers that hold that view, or only certain severely damaged characters.

Food: I was too lazy and incompetent to get supper, but Marith saved me with pizza. Yay Marith!

Silly Computer Games: I did well enough at BTD3 on the "easy" setting that now I'm trying it again on "medium". Shockingly, it is more difficult.

Cats: Six ears!

Writing: Playing BTD3 is not like writing.

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4 October 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: I should probably make some encounters for tomorrow's game, huh?

Visual Entertainments: More Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Oh the doom.

Silly Computer Games: Oh, it was Bloon Tower Defense 3 I was supposed to be playing!

Possibly I should have had more sense than to try to clear all four of the basic levels in one session.

Cats: Ghirardelli is being so demanding today!

Writing: Blargh.

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3 October 2008 - Friday

Work: Phone-screamed with the client manager for a potential assignment. I think I can do what they want done, because it is just work. (I only suck at important things.)

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: Surprise unscheduled Thai lunch!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Some.

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2 October 2008 - Thursday

Work: Last day! I didn't get one thing finished, but it's usable and I'm not going to stay here extra-late.

Gaming: FAILURE.

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Food: Country Gourmet with Marith. Yay spinach salad with goat cheese and dates and chicken!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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1 October 2008 - Wednesday

Work: There was some confusion as to whether today might be my last day here, but it's not.

Gaming: After two months, Earthdawn!

Visual Entertainments: FAILURE.

Silly Computer Games: loops of zen fits into the sweet spot of requiring enough brain to not be boring, but not so much brain that it's work. I'm not sure whether this is good or bad.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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