Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 July 2009 - Friday

Work: Jobs applied for: 1.

Visual Entertainments: Started the second disc of Baccano!, which continues to be violent and alchemical.

Cats: I tried threading a wire through the chicken wire and pulling it tight to make the edge by the stupid STUPID light fixture creature less easy to escape through, but I'm not sure how much it helped. Perhaps I just need to layer it in duct tape until it's unappealing.

Sadly I do not have anything to stand on that is both tall enough to reach the top of the opening to the next balcony and stable enough that I wouldn't die. I must think, or else find a ladder to borrow.

Writing: FAIL.

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30 July 2009 - Thursday

Work: FAIL.

Gaming: If I didn't suck, I could run things like Lady Blackbird, but as previously established, I can't run things like that. Because I suck.

I guess I should work on D&D more now.

Cats: I put up chicken wire across the front of the balcony, and used about a jillion zipties to connect the top and bottom swatches. I still need to put a few more nails in the top, put some chicken wire across the opening to the next-door neighbors' balcony (which I have already seen Marmalade eyeing and wiggling his butt at), and figure out something better to do with the edge that has the stupid STUPID light fixture creature.

Writing: Double check.

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29 July 2009 - Wednesday

Work: FAIL.

Gaming: No Earthdawn because Mike is dead from work.

I really should prepare for D&D this weekend, or at least review what I prepared previously, shouldn't I?

Visual Entertainments: Third and final disc of Divergence Eve. I'm not sure how much sense that actually made.

Cats: Net change in paws: zero!

Writing: Check.

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28 July 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Jobs applied for: 2. Rejections from last week's interviews: 1.

Visual Entertainments:

  • Kurau Phantom Memory 15: Meep.
  • Code Geass 16-17: Okay, who didn't see that coming?
  • Avatar 1.20: Woo, mythic!
  • Bleach 144-145: Well, yes, okay, but what about Orihime? Who do you think we watch this show for?

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check.

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27 July 2009 - Monday

Work: Jobs applied for: 4.

Visual Entertainments: Second disc of Divergence Eve. Enh. It reminds me a little of Gilgamesh.

Cats: Twelve paws and an assortment of miaus!

Writing: Double check.

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26 July 2009 - Sunday

HAPPY HAPPY RACHEL-DAY!!

Food: Ayse and Ken bought me dim sum, because I am a huge loser with no job. It was yummy, and Ayse found the Green Tea Sesame Balls of legend!

Gaming: This fortnight in Thrace, our villains paid hush money, reprogrammed an undead monstrosity, negotiated trade with the orcs of the north pending the removal of the bandits, learned of the impending (yet unscheduled) arrival of the creepy magical secret police, and used Lycoris as a chew-toy for monsters while recovering a cache of ancient petty funds from the undercity.

Level UP!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check, though I stayed up to all hours flailing inefficiently at the computer.

Green Tea Sesame Balls of Legend! by Carl (Mon Jul 27 21:21:35 2009)

Dim Sum is much better with 3 than 2 because you can try more things. Did you get chicken feet?

The Green Tea Sesame Balls of Legend are AWESOME. Although probably other things are good to get too, perhaps even chicken feet.

Re: Green Tea Sesame Balls of Legend! by Trip (Mon Jul 27 21:52:13 2009)

We had five, because Marith and Dave were there too. They didn't buy me any dim sum, though.

There were no chicken feet, but there were slimy noodles with shrimp!

The GTSBoL were way too sweet for me, alas. Ayse had to eat my share.

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25 July 2009 - Saturday

Everything Except Writing: FAIL.

Cats: Twelve paws.

Writing: Check.

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24 July 2009 - Friday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Finished third disc of The Wallflower. It seems to be the last one that GreenCine has, bah.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check.

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23 July 2009 - Thursday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Started the third disc of The Wallflower. Sunako seems to spend most of her time in chibi mode in these episodes. I'm not sure if that's progress or not.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Check.

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22 July 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Jobs applied for: 2. Recruiter guys talked to: 1. Reminders send to companies I interviewed at previously: 1.

Gaming: Sniff! It looks like Ptolus is cancelled for this weekend, and since Ayse and Ken are about to have a kid, we might not be able to schedule another session for a couple of years.

Visual Entertainments: Second episode of new Doctor Who! Poor plumber! Poor tree!

Food: Ayse and Ken brought Thai food to Wednesday Night Whatever, so we did not have to resort to cannibalism!

Cats: Ghirardelli learned from Marmalade about the wonders of sleeping on top of bookcases, and now apparently Marmalade has learned from Ghirardelli how much fun it is to steal my computer chair. They're ganging up on me!

But Marmalade gave me extra snuggles at bedtime, so I forgive him!

Aspen isn't ganging up on me, but I oppressed her with cuddles anyway. Ha hah!

Writing: Check.

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21 July 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Recruiter guys spoken to: 1.

Gaming: Weakly purchased Divine Power for D&D4. The new avenger powers look pretty escalationy. I haven't gotten to the others yet, but suspect similar.

Visual Entertainments: Dave is a Hero of the Anime Revolution for successfully burning a DVD of Bleach!

  • Kurau Phantom Memory 13-14: I don't think the GPO is very well funded.
  • Code Geass 15: Ooh, fiendish!
  • Avatar 18-19: That's a cliff-hanger, all right!
  • Bleach 143: Dooooooom!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check, barely.

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20 July 2009 - Monday

Work: Interviews: 1.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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19 July 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: No PAD&D4, this time because of kids (I think), and no surprise Thrace because Dave had something better to do.

Visual Entertainments: 6th and final disc of Desert Punk. I don't know if it was a twist ending, but it was certainly twisted!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check.

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18 July 2009 - Saturday

Food: Greek picnic feast, since the play immediately following was allegedly set in Athens. Ken provided dolmas, marinated peppers, components for gyro-like pita sandwiches, more dolmas, and something involving leeks, apples, and honey. Mike, Susan, and Erin brought lemon-chicken soup, meatballs in some kind of red sauce, and the other stuff I'm not remembering now. It was all good!

Theatrical Entertainments: Midsummer Night's Dream by Festival Theatre Ensemble in Los Gatos! It was pretty funny, although like all community theatre it had a few weak spots.

Cats: I took down the failed netting, but was too lazy to put up the chicken wire. I did give Marmalade and Ghirardelli some balcony time, though, even though I kept having to scoop them off the railing.

Writing: FAIL.

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17 July 2009 - Friday

Work: FAIL.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Double check, in quantity if not quality.

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16 July 2009 - Thursday

Work: FAIL.

Visual Entertainments: Fifth disc of Desert Punk. Hey, look, it's like a plot!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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15 July 2009 - Wednesday

Work: FAIL.

Gaming: Our Earthdawn characters successfully murdered an inoffensive old man lizard! My character, at least, still thinks it was the right thing to have done even though we failed to resuscitate him, but that doesn't mean she feels good about it. No legend points for us!

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL.

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14 July 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Phone interviews survived: 1. Meatspace interviews scheduled for next Monday: 1. Morale: slightly improved.

Visual Entertainments: Yay Earl showed up! Neil still spurns us like a mazurka, though.

  • Kurau Phantom Memory 12: Apparently some parts of the moon use a hex grid while others use a square grid.
  • Code Geass 13-14: The GM will make you earn those points you got for Secret ID, no matter how concealing of a mask you wear.
  • Avatar 17: I'm surprised the Fire Nation hadn't thought of that earlier.
  • Bleach 141-142: Poor Orihime.

Gaming: Earl showed off the cheat sheets he made for the players in his streamlined Champions game. He's using 3d6+OCV vs DCV+10, and attacks do a fixed amount of damage plus 1 or 2 per point by which the roll succeeded. That's a little more arithmetic per attack than I find ideal these days, but should be fine for his target audience.

Perhaps I should make with the brain-eating!

Cats: Twelve paws covered in thermions!

Writing: FAIL. I have pretty much run out of the easy stuff I was writing. Now I must think of something else to write. Maybe even something with a plot.

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13 July 2009 - Monday

Work: I talked to someone about reweaseling my meds, which is like investing in future usefulness. Also, I responded to a recruiter, although the position is suboptimal (far away, odd hours, a big step backwards in pay).

Gaming: Game design is hard. When it results in a crossbreed of D&D4 and Hero, it's also unsavory.

Visual Entertainments: Second disc of World of Narue. Enh.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check.

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12 July 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: At long last, Thrace! We finally talked to the strange elf guy, identified his minions as fey creatures, received the head of the gnoll who annoyed us earlier, and beat feet back to town. Then there was excitement with the mayor's demonic servant, who may turn out to be an undead servant after all. This is all going to end in tears, I just know it.

I almost derailed gaming with speculation on what religion would be like in a universe where miracles did happen when people asked for them, but the discussion foundered on religious people believing in God but not anything else. (Or something. Where do you go from a position like, "People in the Middle Ages saw miracles that proved the existance of God everywhere, so a universe with working divine magic would be like that."?) Probably for the best that we stopped, really.

Food: Ken fed us pasta with salmon and peas, sauteed mystery squash, and mushrooms! All hail Ken!

Cats: Ayse's kitties are almost as adorable as my kitties!

Writing: Check.

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11 July 2009 - Saturday

Weekend: I'm not sure if failing to accomplish anything useful is "check" for a weekend, or "FAIL".

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: Check.

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10 July 2009 - Friday

Work: Phone interviews arranged for next week: 1.

Visual Entertainments: Finished the disc of Suzuka. Still enh. Perhaps Greencine will send me something closer to the head of my queue now.

Cats: Twelve adorable paws!

Writing: Check.

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9 July 2009 - Thursday

Work: Rejection rate from companies interviewed with this week: 100%. Number of phone interviews requested: 1. Number of other jobs applied for: 3. Expected rejection rate (including no-reply): 100%.

Visual Entertainments: Bah, foolish Greencine has reached way down in my queue to send me the second disc of Suzuka.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: FAIL, with a side of FAIL SAUCE.

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8 July 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Jobs futilely applied for: 2. One of them even had an on-line questionnaire as part of the application process, so I could display my suckage in detail right up front!

Visual Entertainments: Dave is back for Wednesday Night Whatever! We watched the first episode of the new Dr Who, which everyone seemed to appreciate.

I still remember Gretchen's comment from when we first watched the entire season in a huge marathon at Chrisber and Christy's: "They have chemistry! The Doctor can't have chemistry!"

Cats: Six glowy eyes!

Writing: Double check.

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7 July 2009 - Tuesday

Work: Recruiter inquiries responded to: 1.

Visual Entertainments:FAIL. Dave is still on Planet Davetopia.

Cats: Three furry tails!

Writing: Check.

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6 July 2009 - Monday

Work: This afternoon I interviewed at Playdom, which is conveniently located in Mountain View a few blocks from the train station. So far I have not seen any ninjas sent to expunge the stain on Playdom's honor, but then I wouldn't, would I?

Cats: Twelve paws that scamper!

Writing: Check.

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5 July 2009 - Sunday

Gaming: No gaming today. I forget why. Probably someone with kids is responsible.

Visual Entertainments: First disc of Baccano!, which is about gangsters and alchemists in 1930s New York, with about 6512956291 characters, most of whom are stark raving mad.

Silly Computer Games: I guess I should play a couple of the games made by the company I'm interviewing with tomorrow.

[ . . . ]

Wow, I really suck at poker.

Cats: I let the cats out on the balcony again. I even tried putting Aspen out there, but she didn't want to go anywhere I wanted to put her, and by the time she was starting to wonder if it might be fun, I had to put Marmalade on a time-out from the netting again. Maybe next time.

Writing: Check.

No gaming by Jeremy (Mon Jul 6 22:01:35 2009)

Hey, we were here. With enough sugar to kill several moose, even. It was Dave's fault, if I recall correctly.

Re: No gaming by Trip (Mon Jul 6 23:09:42 2009)

Oh, right, it was someone who has a parent who was responsible! I knew it was something like that!

I'm not sure that sugar that kills moose is what I'm looking for in gaming munchies anyway.

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4 July 2009 - Saturday

Random Pre-Planned Encounters: The fabled Jules and Yi-Mei and their spawn Owen.

Gaming: Everyone else's games are more fun than mine.

Food: Barbecue feast at Neil and Stacy's! Grilled corn! Mustardy potato salad! Fungus with cheese! Marinated pork! Sugar snap peas! Anecdotes! Sugar-powered toddlers!

Visual Entertainments: From Neil's Mom's parking spot, the fireworks were far away, but several shows and some random explosions were easily visible.

Cats: Twelve paws!

Writing: HOLIDAY.

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3 July 2009 - Friday

Work: HOLIDAY.

Visual Entertainments: Finished 009-1. It was true to the genre.

Cats: When Marith came over to insufficiently criticize my network, we let the cats (well, Marmalade and Ghirardelli) out on the balcony with supervision. Marmalade was extremely interested in everything out there, but there was no disguising the fact that the netting is made out of string crossed with string so eventually we had to shoo him back inside. Still, it has been demonstrated that the balcony is actually of interest to cats!

Writing: Check.

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2 July 2009 - Thursday

Work: Interviews confirmed for 13:30 on Monday: 1.

Visual Entertainments: First two episodes of the last disc of 009-1. Why yes, being James Bond does suck, even if you're a female cyborg with [SPOILER]s.

Cats: The power went out this afternoon, so I had no Internets to distract me from the project of putting up netting on the balcony to make it suitable for indoors cats.

I think I better stick to software.

Writing: Triple check.

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1 July 2009 - Wednesday

Work: Technical questionnaires filled out: 1. Interviews scheduled for next week: 1.

Food: Ayse and Ken made me eat pasta with red sauce and chicken strips! The fiends!

Gaming: Despite Dave being out of town, we played Earthdawn anyway. Now we have a moral dilemma: murder the poor old wizard in his sleep, or leave him to run out the clock on his natural life span and hope the horror bound to his life force doesn't talk him into committing suicide?

Silly Computer Games: Usually the quest rewards in NPPAngband are kind of lame, but this time it gave me an item for the one slot I didn't already have something good in, which had all of the last three resistances I was missing. 5C0R3!

Cats: Marmalade is so cute when he hides in the fan box, although possibly he is even cuter when his tail sticks out.

Writing: Check.

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