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Saturday, 12 May 2012 01:18 pm
eighthphase: (persona//sinking with the melody)
Last night I went to go see The Avengers. I then proceeded to spend the rest of night in a state of manic euphoria. I believe the phrases "I can't" and "Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts" were basically all I was capable of saying. It was beautiful and I want to see it again so badly omg. If I tried to say what my favourite part was I think I'd kind of be referring to the entire film but now I've managed to narrow it down to about three moments (although I still love the whole thing, omg, it was amazing), which are these:

1. "There's another guy you pissed off. His name was Phil." OMG MY EMOTIONS if I hadn't been in love with the film from the very beginning that was the exact moment I fell in love with the film.
2. After the army's taken care of and all the Avengers go to deal with Loki. Just... that scene with all of them staring him down. I just. I want to take a picture of that and keep it with me forever. It was perfect.
3. THE SHAWARMA SCENE. I have no words. It was just... it was beautiful. I didn't know it was a thing I needed in my life and then it started playing and I realised there was an emptiness in my heart that I never even knew was there only it was already being filled.

Also despite the fact that I need to be doing more Wizard's First Rule right now my brain has decided to give me all the Persona fic ideas because really, I really needed those, thanks. Specifically my brain decided to go all "LALALALA  LET'S WRITE A P4 SEQUEL TO THAT P3 FIC WE NEVER  FINISHED" because, you know, I never finished the original so I definitely need to be writing a sequel, brain, thanks. Except that I actually really do like the ideas involved, I mean, since I was always pretty fond of the premise for the P3 story, and I can expand it out in P4 and make it more drama and more Ryoji-feels and just more everything that I just. I really, really want to! But there's so much work involved, I just don't even. Like, I just... don't even.

And I mean, like, a lot of work. I haven't even written to the opening ceremony on the first damn day of P3 for Death and All Her Friends (though I do have the beginning of a sub-plot, like, started) and my notes aren't much beyond "this is the fic summary and at the end Saika does this and Ryoji does that and also there's a Reaper subplot for lolz". Then, Life In Technicolour (the P4 sequel) doesn't even exist in notes yet, I have like a sentence and a half of beginning written and the rest is all in my head, like, "this is how Saika ends up in Inaba and she's pissed off at Ryoji and also pissed off at Theo" and that's, like, it. So although I should probably write the couple of scenes of Life In Technicolour that are bouncing around in my head right now, I really need to outline the main events of P3 and work Death and All Her Friends in around it so I can write that, and I thought maybe I'd write it for NaNo this year, but depending on how fast I can outline I might just do it for Camp NaNo instead (which is in June). And then I have to outline the events of P4 and work Life In Technicolour around that, which is going to be way way more work because the P3 protagonist has literally no reason to be kicking around in P4.

I forgot to mention Shinji-feels, didn't I. There are going to be a whole lot of Shinji-feels in Death and All Her Friends thanks to the premise of it. His s.link is going to be fun and painful in the feelings. (I wasn't planning on doing non-party member s.links but I should probably do Akinari's, since it's going to be changed a lot, too, for the same reason as Shinji's. Or maybe I can do non-party s.link scenes as omakes or something. Idk, I'll figure it out later.)

I don't need all this work and everything right now. It's so so so much stuff. And yet... I'm kind of looking forward to it.

Anyway, off to write up two chapters of Wizard's First Rule to post today because I missed yesterday because Avengers, and then to read and write up a draft of another chapter to for tomorrow.

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Friday, 13 April 2012 07:37 pm
eighthphase: (persona//epic fail)
Mass Effect 3 multiplayer is terrifying and I am mindnumbingly horrible at it, but despite being a lowly level 1 soldier teamed up with complete level 14 and 19 strangers, I survived my first match!

Well. We actually failed the objective during wave 10, but close enough. I also died like eight times, but at least my teammates were nice about it and revived me. I tried to repay the favour, but being level 1 and also really terrible at Mass Effect, it didn't exactly work out well and I actually spent the last minute of the match dead. At least I'm level 4 now, though! :D I think I could grow to like this whole multiplayer thing.

Also, the combined efforts of the Brandon Sanderson thread on Something Awful and my having read every Brandon Sanderson novel (except Elantris, but I'm working on it!) made me think that reading the Sword of Truth books and blogging about them might be a good idea.

...wait, no, who am I kidding? It's a terrible idea, but I think I might do it anyway. Since I'm out of good fantasy to read (almost out, anyway) I may as well read some mediocre fantasy. Although, calling the Sword of Truth series mediocre fantasy is, I think, an insult to actual mediocre fantasy novels, partly because Goodkind insists that his books aren't fantasy and partly because they're mindnumbingly terrible. I mean really, really bad.

So, naturally, I've read every single one of them. In this case it isn't actually my fault! My aunt gave me the first one when I was in fifth grade (presumably she knew nothing about it, or she might have realised the BDSM torture-porn section might not be entirely appropriate for ten-year-old me) and I had never been exposed to actual decent fantasy (or Atlas Shrugged) to know better, so I read them all.

Of course, that means I know exactly what I'm talking about when I say that they are quite possibly some of the worst books I've ever read, that nobody should ever have to read them, and that if I do read them and blog about it, I'll be doing the internet a public service. (Now, if I can just find digital copies so that I don't have to actually go looking for the ones I actually own - all of them - then we might be in business.)

...maybe I should hold off on finishing Elantris, after all, so that at least I'll have something good to read between travesties.

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010 10:04 pm
eighthphase: (Default)
Thanksgiving is over! I couldn't be happier. (It's probably not over - there are probably going to be phone calls and other unpleasant things. But I can hope, right?) Dinner was great and I realised that I do, actually, take after my dad a bit, temperment-wise - though I think I'm a bit more genuine about it than he is. If tomorrow works out okay then I hope Christmas ends up the same way - I don't care if it's traditional; gathering my family together under the same roof never ends well and I would prefer to avoid it forever.

Meeting with Pride and Prejudice group on Friday - we're watching the film, eating pizza, and allegedly planning project bits. I should probably, then, spend tomorrow alternately reading Pride and Prejudice and working on my Frankenstein project, though I'm betting only one or even neither will get done.

I am convinced that Borders hates me! All I wanted was one of two specific Mercedes Lackey books, but no, we can't have those in stock, that would be too easy! And then, to add insult to injury, I figured that I could probably swing the hardcover I did end up getting, since after all I had five bucks in free money in my Borders account, only to learn that no, that free money that was supposed to expire at the end of the month? Expired yesterday. Which was really useful, because mum only told me about it yesterday! So now I'm out $20 with a book that wasn't actually the book I wanted to read. ...though I'll probably enjoy it anyway, but really, it's the principle of the thing.

Also the one thing I hate more than anything about online fic is that, very often, I'll get into a story and it's totally engaging and awesome... and then I realise I'm stuck at a cliffhanger because the author hasn't updated in #long-period-of-time. And then I get annoyed, because really, how could they?! And then I feel bad, because I of all people should know that writing is most often not anybody's number one priority, and even when it is life can and will get in the way in the worst ways possible. I still feel sad about not being able to read the rest of the story, though.

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Sunday, 24 October 2010 02:31 pm
eighthphase: (tsubasa//leisurely)
I think I'm like a third of the way done sewing all the pieces! I still need to sew the arms, hands, legs, and feet, then the hands to the arms and the feet to the legs. (I think I've made this post before.) I'd still be sewing right now, but my shoulder is killing me. ): So I took something for that and I'm going to be computering until it kicks in. (I should be doing triple quotes, but I don't think I could manage Hamlet right now.)

Also, I'm through the first four of the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix, and I so totally called Friday as lust. The last time I tried reading the series I barely started the fourth book, so I finally got to bits I hadn't read. I'm surprised I didn't notice the seven deadly sins thing last time I read them - especially since I was big into FMA back then - but I definitely noticed it this time. I predict Saturday is pride and Sunday is envy, and I'll get to find out... probably sometime in December. Maybe November, if I finish the outline and still have time in physics to read (because I need something to do in physics, after all - and I can't do physics work, because nobody else is and it's too loud to concentrate). Or maybe I'll read them this week in physics, rather than doing English homework in physics like I should be.

In related news, I've read six books this month and they've all been by Garth Nix! I've rediscovered his stuff and it's awesome. I can't recommend Sabriel enough. It's like, in summer when I was complaining about how there were no decent fantasy novels I hadn't already read with strong female characters and romantic subplots that are actually subplots and that don't suck - and then I picked up Sabriel on a whim, and that's exactly what it was! (I actually wanted more of the romantic subplot by the end, it was so sub.)

My cat is being clingy and it's very strange.

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Saturday, 9 October 2010 07:59 am
eighthphase: (tsubasa//leisurely)
Bit of a disjointed post, here, but. First, Reasoning With Vampires is pretty funny, I've found.

Also, I've learned that I can never really sleep very late on Saturdays, just late enough to miss Pokémon. It's a little annoying, because the other show I watch on Saturdays (mainly because my lazy ass can't seem to stay up until 8:30 to watch it on Fridays... which means I also miss Supernatural :C) isn't on until like nine.

My cat is trying to eat me and I don't know why.

Yesterday was not a day for outlining, though I did get some done. It was, actually, a day for reading! I bought three books on Thursday: that night I got about a quarter of the way through one, which I'm about halfway through now; I started and finished another yesterday, and I'm a few chapters into the third. My list of things to read is actually pretty long, but I feel like I'm making headway, sort of!

Also I dyed my hair yesterday. I think it looks pretty nice, although of course it smells like hair dye now, even though I was extra careful to wash it all out. (Kind of ironic, because earlier in the day someone was smelling my hair and commenting on how it smelled so nice, "like Mexican candy!" It sure doesn't smell like that now.)

Also yesterday, I started helping out my English teacher. Once she remembered what I was actually there for (I'd told her in the morning, but I guess she'd forgotten) she was all, "Okay, normally I wouldn't have a TA do this, but I think you're up for the task," and handed me a stack of essays her freshman class had written. She explained the criteria I was supposed to be grading them on, told me to ask if I had any questions, and left me to it.

Those essays were terrible. I know I was in an honours class freshman year (and every year, actually) but goddamn I do not remember writing that badly. Maybe in third grade I did, but certainly not ninth. Are students not learning about grammar any more? Does Mrs Haynes need to teach English to every student ever before they get to high school? I mean, I could mostly understand what they were trying to say, so I guess in that respect the English they do have hasn't failed them, but ridiculous run-on sentences? Comma splices, or sentence fragments all over the place? Capitalising random words? Shifting verb tenses all over the damn place? (Although our AP teachers last year kept reminding my class that, when writing an essay, one should pick a verb tense and stick with it, so I'm really not sure whether to be appalled or resigned at that one.)

I learned something important in doing that, and that is that I could never ever ever do my English teacher's job. And I told her that several times, and also that she was amazing and awesome and incredible for doing it herself. I respect her so much more now, after just one day of grading essays.

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Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:32 pm
eighthphase: (persona//epic fail)
And then the mail came, and I got my STAR test results. I got basic in maths! I was expecting below basic, so that was a surprise. It's still below the "state target for all students," so it's nothing to be proud of, but still. I didn't fail miserably, I just almost failed miserably! I got advanced on the other two tests I took, which was also kind of a surprise, at least for US History. It would have been nice to get 500 or higher in English, though, especially since this is the last STAR test result list I'll ever get.

None of my scores for maths are above 65%; if it were for an actual maths class, I would definitely have failed. Of course, if it were for an actual maths class, then I would have actually been reviewing Algebra II material. As it was, my trigonometry class did an excellent job of preparing me for this Algebra II test, what with all that algebra we didn't use, and the Algebra II test did an excellent job of testing my knowledge of trigonometry, what with the zero trig questions on the test. (Yes, I am a little bit bitter; I hadn't had Algebra II in two years, and then surprise! Have another Algebra II state test that you're totally unprepared for! Never mind the fact that the last time I had a maths test, it was the Algebra II test. If I thought I knew where my scores were from freshman year, I'd compare them.) Meanwhile, my other scores are much better. I did well in US History! I'm shocked! I did worst on WWII and foreign affairs, and a little less good on post-WWII and domestic issues, but I did much better in the other three sections. And I did really well in English, as usual, though not as well as I would have liked, as I mentioned. I got surprisingly low scores on the reading portion of the questions (to which I say fuck you, state test, I got a 5 on the English Language AP test and that's what really counts) but I did a lot better on the writing portion.

Also, I'm looking at the suggested reading list (a different one than usual, though I suspect they changed their reading lists), and god damn, there is a lot of Shakespeare. Eleven of his plays! That is a lot of Shakespeare. Though I'm pleased as punch to see The Story of King Arthur and His Knights on there, because Arthurian legends are always cool.

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Saturday, 31 July 2010 12:29 pm
eighthphase: (trek//i'm on a ship)
So I picked up a couple of books from Target yesterday: The Demon King and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I've already finished the first one, and I'm already looking forward to its sequel. Fantasy! Magic! Adventure! What's not to like? I'm not all that far in the second one, though I've heard absolutely nothing but good things about it (the cashier even told me it was an amazing book). It's a little slow so far, but not so slow that I'm tired of reading it. (It's weird - I can handle fantasy politics, but real-world politics bore me.)

And speaking of real-world politics! Tea Party vs 4chan! Funniest thing ever.

And now I'm off to go finish cleaning the living room, since that was what I agreed to in order to not be absolutely miserable at the Festival of the Arts. (Not that it's not fun. It's just that I didn't know that I didn't have a choice in going until last night, when it was too late to rope anyone into going with me. Mum finally took pity on me this morning and said that I could stay home if I finished the living room.)

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Wednesday, 7 July 2010 10:58 pm
eighthphase: (Default)
One day of P3P later, I'm three hours in, level 7 (though I think Junpei and Yukari might be level 6 still), ten floors into Tartarus, and a member of the tennis club. I actually spent a lot more time playing Star Ocean: Second Evolution today than I did playing P3P, but that's mostly because I didn't pick up P3P until like five in the evening, while I had the entire rest of the day to play Star Ocean. (Yes, I did switch from one to two. Mostly because I found my Second Evolution guide after half an hour of moving boxes around, digging through boxes, finding several things that should not have been buries in boxes, and then moving all the boxes back... only to find the guide sitting in plain sight, where it had been the entire time. Started a Claude playthrough: Claude, Rena, Opera, and now Bowman; I'm going to pick up Welch next, then Leon and Ernest. You know. When I never eventually get back to it.)

I've decided that I'm going to go see The Next Airbender next week, but only - only! - if I can talk Melissa into going with me. (I'd try this week but I don't have any money, I spent it all on P3P. Okay, and preordering Birth By Sleep and the guide.) I imagine it won't be fun, and it won't be pretty, but if I go with Melissa at least we can sit in the back and snark it the entire time. That way, at least I won't be inclined to start yelling at the screen... or to storm out of the theatre and spend the hour and a half rest of the time left playing DDR. On a Supernova machine, no less, and as everyone knows, I hate Supernova machines.

Also, I started rereading Bloodhound. Crime-solving fantasy with a kick-ass female protagonist who hears dead people. Awesome. Too bad the last of the trilogy doesn't come out until next year. I kind of wish Tamora Pierce were a more prolific author, because even though she's got like twenty-five books out I've read every one of them like a million times, and the summaries of the books she plans on writing (through 2014) sound so interesting omg I wish she'd write faster. I totally want to read about Tris at Lightsbridge. I totally want to read about Numair's past. I totally want to read about Briar, Evvy, and Rosethorn in Yanjing. But I can't, because those books haven't been written yet. :C

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010 04:37 pm
eighthphase: (slytherclaw//and that's how you write an)
So I just read a news article about how the price of stamps are going up again, and the Post Office is losing tons and tons of money because people aren't mailing things if they don't have to because the economy sucks and it's too expensive to mail things, so the Post Office loses money because people aren't mailing things... to infinity, because it causes itself. I think the actual problem isn't just that it's expensive to mail things, but that the mail system itself pretty much sucks. I hear my aunt, a postal worker, bitching about it all the time, and she recommends to everyone she knows - don't mail things.

Of course, if the mail system sucks, it's just going to suck more because the Post Office has no money, because people aren't mailing things, because it's too expensive because the mail system sucks, so there's still no solution.

In other news, I got my AP scores today! :D 3 in APUSH, which I was entirely expecting, and... a 5 in APE! 8D Right after I took the test I was all, "Hell yeah, I'm really awesome, I'm totally getting a five." And then I reconsidered, because that was really boastful and probably not at all true and I'd just be setting myself up for disappointment.

And then I got a five, so.

Moving right along, GameStop hasn't texted me about my reservation coming in like they're supposed to, and I know mum doesn't feel up to driving out to Pacific Commons today anyway (and anyway if we did then dad could complain about how we're not going out to his house tonight) and I'm too lazy to call in, so I'll pick it up tomorrow, or something like that. (Not that I've really been getting texts from any automated system that's supposed to be sending me texts, because Facebook hasn't been texting me like it should be, either, even though I haven't changed any of my settings.)

I was reading about the epic fail in YA literature earlier, which really resonates with me, not in an "I'm sick and tired of these motherfucking abusive relationships in my twelve-year-old's motherfucking books" kind of way, but in an "I JUST WANT SOMETHING GOOD TO READ" kind of way. I'm sick of girls falling for assholes who may or may not also be trying to/fully capable of killing them, not because those are some dangerous values to be shoving down 11-15 year old girls' throats, but because I'm sick of reading about girls falling for assholes who may or may not also be trying to/fully capable of killing them. It's like that one time when I was totally into omelettes. I ate omelettes every day for two and a half weeks. And then I never ate another omelette again, because I couldn't stand the thought of eating yet another omelette.

(I think it also has something to do with the REALLY STUPID DECISIONS many of the female protagonists make - "I'm an empath and my life sucks because the asshole who can make my powers go away doesn't want to be my boyfriend! I'm going to BECOME AN ALCOHOLIC!! :D" - but at the same time a lot of it is that I'm just sick of reading the same thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. Also, I'm too lazy to ctrl-i for italics right now.)

But yeah. I want a nice, well-written, sci-fi/fantasy adventure, that may or may not involve mysteries or crime-solving, that doesn't have a a major romantic subplot. I'm sick of romance, because nobody seems to know how to write it properly. Unfortunately, that's all everybody seems to be writing, and if it isn't shitty romance, then I've probably already read it. /:

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Sunday, 23 May 2010 08:10 pm
eighthphase: (tsubasa//leisurely)
The garage sale actually went pretty well! The weather wasn't as good as it could have been, so we didn't have as many people buying as we'd hoped, but we made about $370 or so. It's not as much as last year, but it's still nothing to sneeze at.

Went out to dad's today. I did more baking, 'cause he wanted chocolate cookies and we did still have a tub of cool whip left, so I made a batch (they're really good) and then I made the cinnamon streusel muffins I've been wanting to make for a month. We also watched Sherlock Holmes, though I slept through most of it ^_^;

Yesterday I picked up A Wizard of Mars and I'm almost finished with it now. I'm not so sure it was worth the three year wait, but it's definitely really really good. And Mamvish is in this one! (I remembered reading something about abstainees on the wiki, and about how there was one wizard for whose Ordeal the Lone Power didn't show up, because "It said It had a headache." I couldn't remember the wizard's name, but the line stuck in my head - and then it showed up again in this book, lol.) Dairine is eleven. I completely forgot! It feels like way more time has passed in the books than really has, and she's also really matured in the last few books, so it was kind of a shock to read that line.

I'm also working out some original stuff. I'm thinking I should probably make Mao's story completely original, since it's not like I don't have enough snippets of different original worlds to do that; there's Camarilla and Delaria and the Broken Bridge and Exanimare verses, for starters, and both Mao's world and Haru's world (among others) are original, after all. There's a slight snag as to how she gets her key, and the whole Algol thing, but I don't think they'll be too difficult to work around; I already have one for the key, anyway. Of course, that's not going to stop me from writing crossover fanfic with her... haha. But she's the perfect solution to an issue I was having with the Delaria-verse; there's a rather major plot point in it, and the way I was dealing with it was... ridiculous, to say the least. If I use Mao there instead, it solves that problem, and opens the world up for the story I really want to write.

I think that, as I mature as both a person and a writer, my characters are maturing as well. I believe that's a good thing.

I want to build a small-scale, portable model of GLaDOS over the summer, so I can be an Aperture Scientist for Halloween. The model would actually be the hardest part; after that, all I'd really have to do is buy a lab coat and make an Aperture Labs employee ID, which should be really easy. It would be kind of like cosplay, but also accessible to the general public. I'm a scientist, and this is my invention! And then anyone in the know would recognize the Aperture Labs ID, and possibly also the mini-GLaDOS, and that would be cool, too. (Granted, I did promise that I'd be like a sprite or something, and make use of my ocarina as a prop... two years ago. I like this idea much better.)

Google Images lists, as a related search to GLaDOS, "the cake is a lie." I think I'll end this post on that note, lol.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010 05:10 pm
eighthphase: (jade//kid!sigh)
I really want to go see Star Trek: THE EXHIBITION at the Tech Museum. It closes on April 11 x: Maybe for my birthday. I think if I do get to go, I might just cry a little bit. Because I'll be walking through history. I'll be right in the middle of over 40 years of space and dreams. And it'll be amazing. (Okay, so I cried a little when I watched the bonus behind-the-scenes on Star Trek XI where the actors were all talking about how honoured they felt to be working on Star Trek and to be working with Nimoy, and where Nimoy talked about how honoured he felt that they asked him to reprise his role as Spock, and how amazing it was that Star Trek had lasted for so long and... yeah, I cried.)

Also, I forget if I've said this already, but I'll say it anyway. The other day (like two weeks ago, at this point) I was talking about FFXIII, and Margaret was all, "You know, I really don't like the new Final Fantasies." I asked why, and I got the worst excuse I've ever heard for disliking a video game: "There are guns in it now!" No lie, I actually "..."ed. I actually had no idea what to say. I mean - there have been guns in FF since at least VII, if not earlier (Tactics doesn't count, since it came out the same year as VII, and I'm pretty sure VI didn't but I can't be too sure, because that's the one I'm least familiar with. Well, that one and V.)

It's almost like there's this huge gap between VI and VII. In a way, there is - it's 2D v 3D. What works in 2D does not work in 3D, and what works in 3D does not work in 2D. But it feels like even the stories are completely different - even moreso than Final Fantasy stories usually are.

Or maybe it's just all in my head. I don't really know.

I'm not sure if I'm going out to dad's tonight or not. I don't actually want to, but if I don't then I'm stuck at home reading The Grapes of Wrath. Now, I know, I know - The Grapes of Wrath is apparently an amazing book. Everybody I've heard talk about it loves it to pieces. Even Sam likes it, and, as Sam has impeccable taste, I usually trust his judgement. I haven't even started reading it, and I am most certainly not looking forward to it. It's not because I've heard bad things about it. No, it's because it's Steinbeck.

I have not had pleasant experiences with Steinbeck, though my only real experience with Steinbeck is The Pearl. And I hated The Pearl. (Mind, it may not have been so bad if Mrs Haynes hadn't been my English teacher, but that's a different discussion altogether.) I didn't have to read Of Mice and Men in freshman year, and I'm not complaining. Other people are complaining, because "omg you're so luckyyyyy" so I don't think I missed anything important. Of course, I may have actually liked it, had I been required to read it; more importantly, I may be less reluctant to read this one now. But whatever; can't change the past, and I'm not too keen to, either.

Also, today there was an AP Naptime. There were five minutes in APUSH today where two-third of the class had their heads down on the desk. It was amazing, and those were probably the five most refreshing minutes of not-sleep I've had in quite a while.

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Sunday, 21 February 2010 06:15 pm
eighthphase: (persona//epic fail)
So I finished Stone of Tears today, and went looking for my copy of Blood of the Fold. It probably goes without saying that I didn't find it. |: However, I did find parts 1 and 2 of Ouran High School Host Club. So I've just spent the last couple of hours listening to all the commentary and outtakes.

They are hilarious. Aaron and his English accent all over the place, and Michael and Vic and the Star Trek references, omg. And some of the stuff that the VAs are saying is actually really insightful; they're definitely a good listen.

Goin' to San Francisco tomorrow~ Ani complained a bit when I said I needed a ride to BART, he was all, "You need to go to BART tomorrow so you wait to tell me the day before?" That doesn't seem like a big deal to me, but... whatever, I guess. He didn't seem too annoyed, I guess.

Unfortunately I spent money on Subway yesterday and might not have money for food and skirt! ): I mean, I probably will, it'll just be a little close, is all. I should have like nine bucks left over after I buy the skirt, assuming Hot Topic even has it in my size. If they don't, I might just buy a couple of accessories and then head to Borders and find a book. Maybe another copy of Blood of the fucking Fold. And set an alarm on my phone or something so that I know when I need to meet up with the class again. That shouldn't be too bad.

...don't know why I make plans like that in my head, like, way way before I'm ever going to need them, though. /: I think too much, is what I think it is.

Also I meant to get a lot of homework done today! That totally happened. Except for the part where it didn't.

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Saturday, 23 January 2010 09:28 pm
eighthphase: (ovan//what you say)
Finished the first Maximum Ride yesterday; started the second yesterday and finished it today. It's interesting, though the internets tell me that the plot doesn't really go anywhere. ): They also tell me that there's an "adult" version of the series which may or may not be more interesting, so I may or may not end up checking that out sometime soon.

Mostly this weekend, though, I played FFXII. Yesterday I went through Raithwall's tomb, doing such things as mercilessly slaughtering the Garuda with an eleven-quickening chain followed by a concurrence and almost dying when fighting Belias but... not actually dying, then being an idiot and giving it to Basch, who summoned the gigas and kicked around the boss on the Shiva after Fran and Balthier killed off the accompanying soldiers. I think I left off yesterday at "Let's go visit the Garif!" but I don't really remember, because I was half-asleep when I finally turned off the PS2.

Then, today, it was lots and lots of grinding. 31000 gil for weapons and armour, then the Osmone Plain --> Jahara quest leg, then "Let's go to Mount Bur-Omisace! But not really because we'll cut you off five minutes into the jungle!" then Eryut Village (which... ugh, hate viera culture in FFXII), followed by 35000 gil for weapons and armour (which was really only like 15000 because I already had the other 20000) and swapping out Basch (lvl28) for Ashe (lvl16), giving her better equipment, and trying to level her up by turning off her attack gambits so she wouldn't get herself killed and making her heal everyone. It's not working all that well; she's like level 19 right now v Balthier and Fran's level 30 (and Larsa's level 29, but hi there static guest party levels!). I figure by the time she's at a relatively decent level, I'll have to swap her out for Basch again and powerlevel him up 10+ levels, too. /:

Did I mention everybody's got full Quickenings now? Also I took on a bunch of marks, got myself mercilessly slaughtered by a Ring Wyrm (level III mark), reset from the save I'd made right before trekking off to fight the Ring Wyrm just in case I got myself mercilessly slaughtered by it, and then very decidedly did not go to fight it again and instead went to progress the plot. I love the sandbox-ness of this game. You can spend ~3 hours grinding for gil for new weapons and armour, taking out marks, and doing side-quests, with full access to all of the world that you've explored so far, and then pick up the plot right from where you left off (only to then grind there for another ~3 hours for gil for new weapons and armour just to spend another twenty minutes on the next bit of plot + half hour of relevant cutscenes). It's so easy to access all the bits of the world you've already been to, but at the same time, you can walk straight through from Raithwall's tomb to Eryut Village, if you wanted to (did I mention that the Ogir-Yensa Sandsea = great grinding area? I easily gained like five levels just from fighting Urutan-Yensa and getting over 200 Earth Stones in drops... and a 107-chain, haha). It's all connected, and it's very cool.

...mmm, wall of text.

Tomorrow I get to balance dad's house, history IDs, and possibly Folklore. But probably not Folklore, because hi there weekend video game quota! Between yesterday and today I think I spent seventeen hours playing FFXII, which doesn't sound like much until you realise that I tend to get my gaming done in 1-3 hour snippets and am probably now going to hop over to 358/2 Days if I can ever get mum and the cats off my blanket.


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Sunday, 22 November 2009 01:45 pm
eighthphase: (marluxia//in the name of the moon)
Added a bunch of interest tags. Half of them I ganked off my first account, the others I just kind of added.

Am attempting to figure out tea. The internet makes it sound very complicated, unfortunately, but I think between the electric kettle and my basic understanding of the four different kinds of tea (as well as all the useless tea-related trivia I've managed to pick up, mostly within the last hour or so) I'm halfway there. There is a box of Irish Breakfast Tea teabags in the kitchen that, once I've managed to set up the kettle and find a suitable mug, will be calling my name.

I cannot wait until I get my own iPod. Then I will be able to perform such mundane tasks as making tea with a soundtrack. This is particularly amusing when I picture myself looking incredibly proper and dressed up and making tea for the morning... while listening to something like Mass Destruction. (Picked that video because I think it's funny whenever the camera cuts to Yumi Kawamura.)

It's just... it seems so ridiculous, but at the same time, that's me. I'm that girl in the pinstriped vest with the glasses and the combat boots and the Thermos full of tea, carrying her laptop in the ancient Fruits Basket messenger bag that's perpetually covered in cat fur, listening to Fall Out Boy and Lotus Juice and Kenji Yamamoto and Paramore and some live Nobuo Uematsu from that one concert I didn't get to go to when I was twelve, trying to read Harry Potter in French. And if those are all elements that seem contradictory, then I guess I'm contradictory. I'll think about that the entire time I'm sewing the patches to my Girl Scout sash. (But I probably won't be posting about it on Facebook, because nobody ever reads my Facebook posts.)

Wow, talk about derailment there. Wasn't I talking about tea earlier? (Yes. Yes I was.)

One of these days I'm going to have to make a list of all the artists in my iTunes right now. You know. For reference. (That may be after I steal the MC Chris off my brother's computer, though.) Since mum's up, tea is off the to-do list at present, so I might do that in just a bit.


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