Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 December 2008 - Wednesday

Gaming: Extra bonus D&D4 with Rachel, Jeremy, and Dave! They found the elemental fire node and sealed it, which involved getting lit on fire a lot, but not as much as they feared. Some loot was obtained, and also many experience points.

Food: Fondue! Earl and Cat lured us(ADKMT) over for cheese fondue and other cheese fondue and chocolate fondue and midnight! There was also a lot of conversation, and some oppressing of the kitties. Earl and Cat have watched Ergo Proxy, so they were able to geek about it with Marith, which happied her.

Silly Computer Games: Not too much!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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30 December 2008 - Tuesday

Work: Resumes sent out: 3.

Gaming: Map-drawingu map-drawingu la la la!

Visual Entertainments: Neil is still doing stuff to his relatives or in-laws or something, but we had anime without him.

  • Rose of Versailles 16-17: Why yes, aristocracy does suck.
  • Kashimashi 9: But now can they extend this insight to the actual plot?
  • Gurren Lagann 20-21: Yay mostly-naked prison brawl! Yay Yoko!
  • Simoun 21: Huh. I wonder what that is going to lead to.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve very oppressed paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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29 December 2008 - Monday

Work: Resumes sent out today: 3.

Visual Entertainments: Half a disc of Ultramaniacs, because GreenCine is still not sending me the stuff that's at the head of my queue. Bah.

Food: Check.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: An actual check! In quantity, at least, if not quality.

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28 December 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: Ken got many exotic germs for Christmas, so once again there is no Thrace. Sniff!

Food: Check.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve fuzzy paws in a sunbeam!

Writing: Kinda kinda.

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27 December 2008 - Saturday

Work: Bah, the site I'm supposed to use to convince Unemployment that I'm looking for work is being uncooperative. Bah, I say.

Gaming: Maybe something like: Build your power, paying a nominal cost for an attack of up to whatever the campaign damage limit is and optionally more for additional effects (affect more targets, give target a status, whatever), and then multiply the cost by 2 for an encounter power and 5 for an at-will power. Possibly there should be limits on how many additional effects each kind of power can have.

That's just attack powers, but something similar could work for utility powers.

After reading Outliers, I want to make use of how the benefits of higher Int for getting high skills level off at a surprisingly low level, but I'm not sure how to do that.

Food: I am a bad parasite who ate out, but I spent less than twelve bucks (counting tip).

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Ayse has not complained about the condition in which she found her cats upon her return, so I guess I did it right!

Writing: Kinda.

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26 December 2008 - Friday

Work: Sent off another copy of my resume. Also, got forms to fill out and send to Unemployment in two weeks to get a check.

Gaming: Game design is hard, let's go brain-sucking instead!

Visual Entertainments: Fencer of Minerva 2. I could have sworn I took this out of my queue after seeing the first one. But I watched it anyway because GreenCine is persistently failing to send me disc 2 of the series they've sent me disc 3 of. Bah.

Food: Yay I didn't eat out at all!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Aw! Aimee-chan finally came and sat on my lap when I was over there, and purred and purred for me! I wonder if she can give Aspen lessons.

Writing: Some.

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25 December 2008 - Thursday

Festive Singing: On the first day of Catmas, my three cats gave to me a squirrel. ...in a treeee!

More Festive Singing: Ruby Christmas.

Gaming: Thinking more about superheroes with daily and encounter powers, it would have to be significantly different in flavor from Champions where, as a default, anything you can do at all, you can do over and over (until you run out of End). There are cases in which this isn't true, but "because it wouldn't be as cool if I did it more often" is not often the excuse.

Should all powers that affect enemies do "damage"? Hm. Would it be simpler to handle damage vs def as damage bounces if it's less than def, all gets through if it's more, and half gets through if they're equal? It's slightly more log-scale-tastic than subtracting. Hm.

Why am I thinking about this?

Food: Yay! Thai City is open on Christmas!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws here, eight paws there!

Writing: Non-zero. Whether that's positive or negative remains to be seen.

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24 December 2008 - Wednesday

Work: Jeremy gave me some leads, but holiday!

Festive Singing: On the zeroth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ARRAY INDEX UNDERFLOW ERROR.

Gaming: Extra bonus D&D with Rachel, Jeremy, and Dave scheduled for next Wednesday afternoon! Muahahahaha!

Visual Entertainments: Marith made me get the live-action Dororo movie from GreenCine, so we took it over to Dave's and watched it with him. It was pretty good! The blurb made us suspicious about Dororo's role, but actually it was not like that. The ending was different than the manga, but it did not slay Dave with the cognitive dissonance, so yay!

Silly Computer Games: Just the usual.

Cats: All paws present and accounted for!

Writing: I meant to!

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23 December 2008 - Tuesday

Work: I actually sent a resume off to a place! Go me!

Now I just need to repeat this about three hundred more times...

Gaming: I keep wanting to mix Hero (well, Antihero) and D&D4. D&D4 powers and their frequencies (at-will/encounter/daily) serve much the same purpose as multipowers and charges/End in Hero, after all.

My thought was that a character would have a couple of basic attacks, the generic 50 Str or 3d6 RKA that they can use until the minotaur-themed supervillains return to their base. Then they'd have some at-will powers, some powers usable once per fight, and some powers usable once per day (bought with points rather than D&D's level-based allotment, of course). The more often a power is usable, the more it costs, and the less it can add to a basic attack (something like, at-will powers can't increase the damage at all, encounter powers can add up to 2d6, dailies up to 4d6). Between all the things that can be added to an attack, and all the possibilities for movement and utility powers, I don't think the complexity of character generation would be much reduced, but it would let players avoid having to learn all the combat maneuvers and only worry about the ones they actually have.

Visual Entertainments: Neil is off somewhere having a family and a life and stuff, but we had anime anyway. Rose of Versailles 15: Royalty sucks. Kashimashi 7-8: The mocking is great. Gurren Lagann 19: I wonder how they're going to get out of this one? Simoun 19-20: Meep!

Silly Computer Games: I got up to 3058 in Pushori, but only because I got a long string of the right symbols. Usually I'm doing well to make 1000.

Cats: All my cats are adorable! Ayse's cats are adorable too!

Writing: FAILURE.

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22 December 2008 - Monday

Work: Successfully applied for unemployment dollars. Also, found a job to apply for, but it requires sending snail mail. Bah.

Food: I am doing slightly better at eating at home since I threw away the scary dishes that had been occupying the sink for months and bought exactly one of each kind of dish so that they can never become overwhelming. I suck for having to resort to such cheap trickery, but it might work.

Silly Computer Games: Wow, I suck at Pushori. But at least it's something new to suck at!

Cats: Twelve paws here, eight paws there. I actually sat with Jinian and Aimee for a while, but they were not that interested in me.

Writing: Fail.

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21 December 2008 - Sunday

Gaming: Now I feel like a real D&D4 GM! I've lit no fewer than three PCs on fire! One of them several times! Eventually they figured out about the fire bats' swoop of doom and did them in, but it was pretty exciting for an encounter below party level!

D&D4 is getting pretty heavy, though. Bah.

Gaming makes me want to game more, but of course there is never more gaming within days. Bah.

Food: Gaming munchies, mostly.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve fuzzy paws!

Also, Jinian is doing fine and was very glad to have her gooshyfoods. Aimee was still hiding.

Writing: Blargh.

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20 December 2008 - Saturday

Gaming: There was some talk of extra bonus D&D, but Ken was too frazzled from his upcoming expedition to the middle of the continent to prepare.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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19 December 2008 - Friday

Work: I am now officially unemployed! Er, yay.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blergh.

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18 December 2008 - Thursday

Work: I still suck.

Random Encounters: Cesar, in downtown Palo Alto.

Visual Entertainments: Third disc of the Witchblade anime. The main character is still somehow adorable in her incompetence, and her interactions with the male lead amuse me.

Silly Computer Games: Yay, immunity to all of fire, cold, lightning, and acid!

Cats: Poor Aspen, picked up by the cat-eating monster again! It is so difficult being Beautiful Kitteh!

Writing: Meh.

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17 December 2008 - Wednesday

Work: I still suck.

Gaming: Thrace is easier to play without Dave than Earthdawn is, so we left Mike to his Russian tea cake overload extravaganza and played a little bit. We sent the spoiled wererat off to religious school to straighten him out, and descended upon his home village to see if it needed to be Fixed on our way to the Monastary of Evil Undead Monstrosities. Then we became sleepy.

The new D& D4 character builder is pretty slick. Sadly, it is for slaves of Microsoft only.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: It's sad that picking up Aspen makes her think I am the worst person ever, because she is quite warm and furry.

Writing: Blargh.

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16 December 2008 - Tuesday

Biology is Freaky: Visually freaky, anyway. (via Robin D Laws)

Work: Giant fail of stupidity.

Random Encounters: Christy and Teo in Target! Teo is deeply suspicious of me, or maybe he was just tired.

Visual Entertainments: Last disc of Negima!, to which I can only say, WTF?!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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15 December 2008 - Monday

Work: Resume 3.0.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: I think Aspen is growing resigned to the oppression of pettins!

Writing: Blargh.

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14 December 2008 - Sunday

Food: Ken made spaghetti bolognaise, which fortunately does not involve actual bologna. In fact, it was pretty good. I think I have mostly outgrown the aversion to tomato glop that I had in my youth.

Also, garlic bread!

Gaming: In theory we could play Thrace without Dave, since we could say his character was off dealing with some sordid halfling mafia business, but in practice we never got enough spoons together.

Visual Entertainments: One episode of Yes, Prime Minister ("The Bishop's Gambit") with everyone, and then the fourth disc of Karin (aka Chibi Vampire) after Ayse and Ken gave us the boot.

Karin, like Mezzo, has way more fan service in the opening credits than in any episode, even with the two bath scenes on this disc. I can only assume some marketer somewhere thinks this will lure more people otaku into watching the series, even though the first episode will demonstrate that it's false advertising.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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13 December 2008 - Saturday

Food: Today was the Day of Making Ginger Cookies! It took much less time with Ayse's shiny stand mixer to do the hard work, although Ayse insisted on doing the final mixing by hand, so there could be the ritual Scraping of the Fingers. Then Marith and I rolled out a bunch of roughly similar spheroids, and victory was ours!

Random Encounters: There were many random people at Harold and Chris's party, and also some predictable people (ie, ones I knew). Also, three tables full of cookies, of which I sampled a total of one cookie (not counting the ginger cookie or two I ate earlier). Go me, I guess.

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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12 December 2008 - Friday

Work: Resume v2.0.

Visual Entertainments: A couple episodes of the Witchblade anime. It's been so long since I last watched any that I only vaguely remember what was going on, but I like it anyway.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Blargh.

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11 December 2008 - Thursday

Work: Resume being modified in accordance with feedback from beta tester.

Visual Entertainments: I have finally seen the end of the last episode of Trigun! It fell into one of the standard ending patterns, but what can you do?

Then, first disc of Black Lagoon, to evaluate its suitability for Tuesday Night Anime. It was pretty cool, but may be too violent for Marith's sensibilities (about as violent as, say, Hardboiled). Oh well.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Today, Ghirardelli wants all the pettins. Also, I picked Aspen up from where she was nesting on the bed and carried her to the balcony door where Marmalade was sleeping in the sun. She did not approve of being carried, but she did admit a sunbeam with her friend was the right place to be.

Writing: Blargh.

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10 December 2008 - Wednesday

Work: My resume is currently being beta-tested.

Visual Entertainments: Ken failed to bring Jeeves and Wooster, so it was all xxxHolic all the time! Well, until Earl decided he had to show us machinima of anime girls juggling improbable objects. Also, some cats may have been oppressed.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Ghirardelli has me so well trained.

Writing: Blargh.

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9 December 2008 - Tuesday

Technical Issues: Even after getting new cables, I couldn't get my monitor to work with spore. However, I could get Marith's spare monitor to work, possibly because it has a DVI port so I could leave off two of the three adapters, so I swapped with her. Now I have a nice big (compared to a 12" laptop screen) monitor to show me many Firefox tabs at once!

W00t!

Work: Taos has officially indicated that they will have to give me the boot on the 19th if no work appears before then, and they don't think any will. I guess I better polish my resume and send it out to people.

Gaming: Nothing today, even though I should at least be working on Antihero.

Visual Entertainments: Rose of Versailles 13-14: Being a peasant sucks. Kashimashi 6: Romantic doom! Gurren Lagann 17-18: After the recap episode, suddenly new and different doom! Cool! Simoun 18: Still no explanations! Bah!

Silly Computer Games: I seem to be reaching the point in NPPAngband where things keep getting harder but I've hit the level cap and am not getting a lot of gear better than what I have. Bah.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Fail.

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8 December 2008 - Monday

Work: Made of fail.

Technical Issues: Spore's keyboard is finally giving up the ghost, so I bought an external keyboard, and this reminded me that I have an external monitor lying around that I could use. After some effort, I extracted from Fry's the necessary chain of three adapters (mini-DVI to DVI-D, DVI-D to DVI analog, DVI analog to VGA), but it doesn't work. Specifically, the monitor claims to never receive a signal from spore. Spore can correctly determine the type of the monitor (NEC LCD1700V), and the system weasel says it's on-line and mirroring, but the monitor just shows "NO SIGNAL INPUT" for a few seconds when first turned on and then goes dark.

I have previously used this monitor and the VGA-VGA cable and had them work (or at least fail for completely different reasons). The adapter chain might be the problem, but it does function well enough to pass the monitor's information to spore.

I've tried fiddling with the resolution and refresh rate, but to no avail. I've tried another VGA monitor, with the same results (correct detection of the monitor, but never any display).

Bah!

Gaming: Yay! Liralen has posted the writeup of the DLYE game she was in when she visited!

Visual Entertainments: Third disc of Samurai 7. The seven samurai have made it to the village, so apparently the remaining four discs will be all battle all the time!

Silly Computer Games: Yep.

Cats: I almost played with Aspen this morning! At least, she pounced fiercely on movement under the covers, and the movement happened to be me!

Writing: Enh.

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7 December 2008 - Sunday

Socialization: Today was Rachel and Jeremy's Nth annual gingerbread party. This year's theme: great disasters of history. Marith and I arrived late, so along with Earl and Linda we were drafted as impartial judges. Sadly, we had to be actually impartial because no one tried to bribe us, but it would have taken a lot to overcome the dynamism of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Parties are loud and have a lot of people.

Random Encounters: Many, because party.

Gaming: No Palo Alto D&D4, because there was some sort of party at Rachel and Jeremy's. There was some talk of stunt Thrace, but nothing ever came of it.

Silly Computer Games: Lots.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Enh.

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6 December 2008 - Saturday

Visual Entertainments: Second disc of Samurai 7. Wow, the cave guys are creepy. I wonder what they were in Seven Samurai.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Mostly made of fail.

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5 December 2008 - Friday

Work: Well, my resume is finally kind of done. At least, all the notes saying "fix this piece" are accounted for. Now I should find places to send it.

Visual Entertainments: Finished Nanaka 6/17. I guess that was really the only way it could end, but it was pretty much a happy ending.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Ghirardelli isn't normally a lap cat, but he came and stood in my lap while I sat on the couch and received pettins.

SO. FLUFFY.

Writing: Still made mostly of fail.

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4 December 2008 - Thursday

Work: Blah, I hate working on my resume.

Visual Entertainments: ARGH! The last half of the last episode of Trigun is messed up on this disc! I must make them send me a new one!

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Still made of fail.

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3 December 2008 - Wednesday

Gaming: Earthdawn! We encountered strange customs, finally got to sleep on real beds, and started a riot. Well, precipitated a riot: it was going to happen sooner or later. Anyway, it was mostly against worshippers of the god of slavery, so they deserved it.

Silly Computer Games: Er, yah.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Made of fail.

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2 December 2008 - Tuesday

Work: The bad news: If Taos can't find someone to pimp me to before the end of the month/quarter/year, they may have to give me the boot. The good news: I have almost two months' vacation saved up, which could turn into two months of pay at any moment.

Visual Entertainments: Return of Tuesday Night Anime! Rose of Versailles 12: France is still doomed. Kashimashi 4-5: Poor Tomari! Gurren Lagann 16: unapologetic recap episode! Simoun 16-17: Everyone is still doomed, and they haven't told us what the Big Secret is. The thot is definitely plickening, though.

Silly Computer Games: Blargh.

Cats: Marmalade still comes to sleep on my arm at night. Aw!

Writing: Fail.

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1 December 2008 - Monday

Work: Taos has nothing, and doesn't expect to have anything for the rest of the year. Given the time of year and the damage done to the economy by the fundamentalist Randite neocon pigfuckers, it's not too surprising, but it's nevertheless not good.

Visual Entertainments: Penultimate disc of Trigun. It's obvious that the big showdown is coming, but very little is being explained.

Silly Computer Games: Level 50! Yay! Er.

Cats: Aspen, who was extra-wary of me when I first got back, has apparently resigned herself to her fate and will once again allow herself to be oppressed with pettins when moving away would be too much work.

Writing: No more vacation. Today I just fail.

Fundamentalist Randite neocon pigfuckers by eyelessgame (Thu Dec 4 09:15:16 2008)

You have to get over your tendency to use polite euphemisms and say how you really feel.

Re: Fundamentalist Randite neocon pigfuckers by Trip (Thu Dec 4 09:21:14 2008)

You're one to talk!

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