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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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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:26 pm
eighthphase: (mass effect//casual olivia)
s-so I rule 63'd Olivia, tweaked the result a bit... and then popped him into ME2. and then tweaked it even more gdi how do face code work |: So now I'm playing Oliver Shepard. And making up backstory because why not!

Hannah Shepard had two children. Olivia, the younger of the two, is a soldier through and through. She's the Hero of Elysium, the perfect soldier, the media darling. Everyone loves her. Oliver, two years Olivia's senior, is a grumpy space wizard who wants to do the right thing except people are stupid and make it hard. ): He lost his crew on Akuze and he never quite recovered, but he's pretty good at faking it. He feels overshadowed by his younger sister, but he doesn't mind at all; he hates people anyway and she deserves it.

So, naturally, when it came time to choose the candidate for the First Human Spectre? It's Oliver who gets pulled.

...yeah, he doesn't like it either.

Both Shepards are on the Normandy, but despite his best arguments he's the one who ends up in charge of the ship and he's the one who ends up with Spectrehood. (He's the one who ends up defeating Sovereign... although he sacrifices the Council to do it. Oops. Well, it's not like he liked them very much anyway.) Suddenly it seems like the Alliance might have themselves a new poster-Shepard - for about a month. Then it's suddenly as if everything's swept under the carpet.

And then Mass Effect 2 begins, and Oliver Shepard dies. And that brings us to my current playthrough! :D Obviously the game doesn't account for two Shepards, nor does it allow for a whole lot of variety in 'new ME2 Shepard states' (in fact I ended up save editing my current Oliver save and... well, I hope it sticks. I won't find out until after Freedom's Progress, when I talk to TIM about my crew. If it worked, I should be able to ask about Kaidan instead of Ashley. I'm not playing that tonight, though.)

Part of me wants to start writing all this crap. Then, part of me doesn't - mostly because it's late and I'm tired. But they're all playing in my head so nicely! Ugh. I really didn't need this right now.

(o-obviously for the Olivia!protag version she's the, well, protagonist, but Oliver is still her grumpy space wizard older brother who solely survived Akuze and is all pissy with Cerberus and everything that's the same here, except that he won't have been on the SR-1 and he's not the First Human Spectre and all that.)

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Monday, 12 March 2012 12:39 pm
eighthphase: (mass effect//cameron shepard)
It's been one week since my last post and in that time I have BEATEN MASS EFFECT 3. I'm not going to talk about my feels and everything as people who are better at talking have said all my feels mostly and anyway I'm still pretty incoherent about it oh my god. My poor twitter feed...

I will say a thing, though! I'm still going to run Olivia through it, through the ending (:_________;) and everything, and hopefully I'll get the best ending with her. And then I'll write lots and lots of fix-it fic! Because there cannot be enough fix-it fic in the world.

On that note, I have fix-it fic for Cam which I will put up later. It's still not a happy ending, and it's not fix-it like Olivia's will be if my suspicions are correct, but it does address some of the nonsensicalness of the original ending and it makes the hurt in my feelings a better hurt.

...my feelings are still all messed up, though. Let's hope I don't randomly start tearing up in class later tonight because I thought of something else! That would be bad.

edit: Fix-it fic is here! Massive spoilers go without saying, I should think.

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Monday, 5 March 2012 04:35 pm
eighthphase: (mass effect//olivia shepard)
ugh ugh ugh halfway through suicide mission had to stop and study kept getting distracted by @alliancenewsnet and #solcomms LIVETWEETING THE REAPER INVASION will finish playing later tonight after class

I spent like ten minutes last night asking my mum whether I should stay faithful to Kaidan or go with Thane, because Kaidan grew on me and I just couldn't decide. I had to explain the whole situation to her, of course... we decided that since Kaidan said he was dating some doctor chick that it meant he'd moved on, and that meant Cam should, too, so that's what I did. Then today I realised I legitimately did not know which Shep I wanted to run through ME3 first, so I loaded up Pokémon Diamond, thinking I had the coin flip app. I didn't, but I did have the roulette one, so I split up the wheel between Liv and Cam and it landed on Cam, so I'm running her first.

I tried running Liv through Arrival the other day, and I just could not get the hang of playing as her again. I'm so used to Cam's abilities that I just don't even think about it, but since the only abilities Liv has really got are ammo powers, I found myself mashing 4 and 5 (geth shielding and shockwave) and having, uh, nothing happen. Which really sucks when you're getting shot at from like three different directions, your shields are down, and you're at less than half health!

It's probably just as well. Over in the comm people were suggesting running through ME3 first with a renegade Shep so that the ending might hurt less. ): I don't know what the ending is, but I've heard there's do not want stuff in all of them, even the very best one, so... I'm kinda scared, ngl. But no matter how bad things are, I want to find out for myself. I've been on the ride this long, after all; it would be a shame not to see it through to the end, no matter what that end is. (This is my ultimate excuse to myself for not going to the midnight release, beyond all the other excuses I've made - between leakgate and the space editions, there are probably gonna be all kinds of assholes spoiling things.)

I have an astronomy midterm today! Don't really want to, but I missed class last Wednesday, and anyway, I kind of have to take the test if I want to pass the class. That's how college works. I'll probably be catching up on #solcomms before/between classes tonight anyway (trying not to scream or anything in class, since it's kind of frowned on) and... man, idek what I'll be doing tomorrow. Glued to my twitter feed (if there's even anything still going on) and trying not to freak out all day or something... ugh ugh why I gotta have so many classes D:

(I don't even have that many classes, not really - only twelve units. That's the bare minimum to qualify as a full-time student. It's just enough to get in the way of my Mass Effecting, heh.)

Maybe I'll bring my sketchbook with me and try to draft the first page or two of Ririka. Or maybe I'll write out what my Sheps are doing - you know, their reactions to all this what's going on. I bet Liv's glued to the feeds and worrying about, uh, everyone, whereas Cam's alternately checking feeds and raging at anybody in earshot. I bet the first thing she's gonna do once she gets the hell out of Sol is call up the Council and chew them out big time. "The Reapers aren't real, huh? Just a fairy tale, you said? Well, that fairy tale took out the Batarian homeworld, and now it's ravaging Earth! How much longer do you think it'll be before they show up here?!"

--ohgodohgod Europe's gone dark and none of the NA rescue shuttles made it out D:

I'll just be over here, sobbing in a corner and screaming intermittently if you need me. There is not enough sadface in the world

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 01:01 pm
eighthphase: (mass effect//cameron shepard)
I made Cam iconsssss guys I'm so happy. They're both from caps I took today, too. Going through them all made me realise I need to grab more caps of Olivia, though, else I'll probably never have nicer icons of her!

I still need to take ME3 demo caps of both my Shepards, maybe I'll make ME3 icons of them. a-and replace my pretty ME2 ones ;__; I need more icon space, is what it comes down to. ):

In further Cam progress, I'm on Illium right now after picking up both Thane and Samara. I'm going to do LotSB next, and then... probably the Collector ship mission, since it's probably going to pop up right around then. And after that I'll get Tali. (Or I'll get her first, if the game will let me.) I'm like halfway finished; one more person to recruit, then all the loyalty missions, then the derelict reaper and into the endgame. I might, maybe put off Tali's loyalty mission until after I get Legion (Cam might like to take a geth to the Migrant Fleet, sneaky girl) but probably I won't. (I am sorely tempted to leave Miranda unloyal and take her with me to fight the hybrid reaper so that she dies, because I don't think Cam and Miranda really get along! But we'll see how they stand after her loyalty mission. I can always reload an old save if they're still on the outs. ...somehow I don't think they will be, though...)

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Monday, 20 February 2012 12:29 pm
eighthphase: (mass effect//cam casual)
I should probably actually start tagging things; it's not like I don't have a stupid number of tags. I guess I just always forget.

Anyway, I'm on Noveria with Cam - Port Hanshan, specifically. I haven't gone and done much yet except the smuggling assignment; I'm not sure how I want to play out the garage pass part. I think I might just do Qui'in's thing and leave it at that. It feels like that's the kind of thing Cam would do. I'm still trying to get a feel for her character, really. It's not too hard to figure out what Liv does; she's the hopelessly hopeful paragon hero except for when there's a renegade interrupt, because those are always really badass. I can rationalise that as her being, well... a hopelessly hopeful paragon hero who's become a bit jaded since her death and subsequent revival. She still wants to do the hero thing, but she's not going to take shit from anyone, either.

words about role playing and characterisation )

(And then I realised I only have icons of Olivia. Oops.)

edit: now with bonus Cam icon!

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 06:37 am
eighthphase: (misc//bring down the sky)
Yesterday I started catching up on Doctor Who. I think I'm like fifteen minutes into Let's Kill Hitler and already I'm feeling pretty "do not know if want". /: Maybe the rest of the episode isn't that bad, but I'd totally already pieced together basically all of the reveals (Mels and River) and I just... it was weird. I'm really not sure about it.

Which reminds me, Amy and Rory are cool and all, but can we please get some new companions for series seven? I like Amy, Amy's awesome, but two seasons is enough. I'd like to see somebody like Ianto as a new companion. That would be cool.

Also, last night I (finally!) picked up Neverwinter Nights 2. The controls are kind of a bitch! I can't get the camera to do what I want it to at all and that's really annoying. Plus I spent a lot of time creating my character (this is what I do, orz) so in the end I had time for trying to mess around with the camera controls and, uh, leaving my house. (No, really. My save is like right outside the house.) I'm woefully unfamiliar with D&D (though not, I suspect, as unfamiliar as many of the people I know, oddly enough) but I think this'll still be fun.

And if it isn't, there's still Mass Effect.

Something else from yesterday: I brought my sketchbook with me so that I could sketch concepts for that one scholarship. In the about two-hour block that I had after doing homework and not-eating, I spent maybe an hour trying to sketch out concepts, and didn't end up with anything I was particularly pleased with. Then I spent about five minutes staring at the blank page, trying to think of something to draw.

Then I spent the next hour sketching out this image of Garrus from my phone. And not, like, "stylised sketching" or anything. No, I decided to draw out that exact image. One: I am really dumb. Two: it's actually kind of fun. Guess what I'm going to be working on after public speaking today! :D

finally, today's #slytherinpride and I can't think of a single thing to tweet

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Friday, 12 August 2011 02:38 pm
eighthphase: (misc//bring down the sky)
Was playing me some Lair of the Shadow Broker earlier (I would be still, but my mum called and said she was leaving work so we could go buy the few things I still need for my trip). I finally finished the stupid car chase (thank you, checkpoints) and now I'm on the Broker ship. Which is full of scenery porn. The ship's in... orbit? atmosphere? anyway, it's nearby - this one planet where the seas boil during the day and flash-freeze within ten minutes of sunset. The ship follows the sunset, so it stays nearly undetectable - because there are these huge lightning storms where the heat of the day meets the cold of the night.

You spend a lot of time on the exterior of the ship, where you can see the storms. They're really pretty. They must be; I took 29 screenshots and I think half of them are the background.

So, before you find out where the Broker ship is, you have to fight Vasir. There's some pretty awesome dialogue before you do that ("I sacrificed hundreds of lives to save the Destiny Ascension. I unleashed the Rachi on the galaxy. So I hope your escape plan doesn't hinge on me being unwilling to shoot a hostage!" - and that's the paragon option! Idk what the renegade option is, I didn't have enough angry points to find out.) and Liara brains her with a table, which was pretty cool, and then you fight. She's got a barrier and armour. I didn't have any ammo that could cut through a barrier, so that took a while! So once I got through it I tried to find something that could easily take down armour.

Incendiary ammo burns through armour.

I'd never used incendiary ammunition before that fight. I think I like it.

Also, after the Vasir fight there's a scene where you talk to Liara, and Vigil's theme is playing through it (the title theme in ME1). I hit all the paragon interrupts in that one, so those + that music were pretty epic, in a heartwarming kind of way. (Well, the kind of heartwarming that Garrus's romance path is. Which is really more heartbreaking than heartwarming, but still.)

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 03:12 pm
eighthphase: (persona//sinking with the melody)
Things I Have Done Today:
 - dyed my hair
 - made brownies

I now officially deem today "productive."

I also learned things! Things related to things I have done, fittingly enough. I learned that if you think you've used a lot of hair dye, you haven't used enough; and I learned that when there's a packet of fudge in the box of brownie mix, you should probably read the directions to see if you're supposed to mix it into the batter. Fortunately I was able to fix one of these things before it was too late, so while my hair is slightly less red at the ends than it is at the roots, my brownies will be very fudgey.

I found my car keys, as well; my brother has had them, because he was teaching me to drive my car; however, he seems to have decided that I shouldn't be driving it (either that or he doesn't want to teach me), and so not only did I not know where my keys were, my car was stuck in back yard hell. It still is, but at least now I know where my keys are. I figure I'll ask him to move it into the driveway later, and very definitely not mention that mum will be driving it so she can get a feel for it, so that she can then teach me to drive it (because he certainly isn't).

Also, I did not actually play Lair of the Shadow Broker yesterday, as I forgot that there were three and a half hours of season premières that I wanted to watch. They were very good, but they made me want to play ME2. /shrug

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Monday, 11 July 2011 07:51 pm
eighthphase: (misc//bring down the sky)
Today I read a ridiculous amount of Harry Potter fanfiction. I also got my eyes examined, ordered new glasses, and cooked dinner. All in all, I'd say it was a vaguely productive day.

I am supposed to wear reading glasses, although I haven't been for over a year. This is because my old glasses went rogue last May, and I haven't seen them since. Now, I got through the end of junior year and all of senior year without them, first because the insurance wouldn't cover a whole new set of glasses until the start of this year, and after that because my mum was a bit busy trying to put in as much work as possible at her job so that she could stay employed. Let me tell you, being farsighted and spending most of your time either reading or on the internet is not fun. (I can see just fine at any distance, but it's harder for my eyes to focus on things that are up close, like a book or a computer screen, so I get tired a lot and get crazy headaches when I don't wear glasses. Which is funny, because people always say that television and video games will make you dumb and also nearsighted. I guess I'm just contrary.)

Um, but anyway! Then I went grocery shopping, ended up buying a ton of chicken (individually wrapped breasts, in fact), and when I got home lathered two of them in bbq sauce and baked them. They were good. The bacon mac and cheese I made (from a pouch, last time I do that) was not so good, but I've had worse. In all, it was a meal rather reminiscent of prom (at which there was tri-tip, garlic mashed potatoes, bbq chicken, and mac and cheese with bits of ham mixed in).

Plus, you know, the chicken was good. One more thing I can cook! :D

I still want to go see the new Transformers film, and as I actually have money to spare now, I shall probably see if anyone would like to go do that. (Perhaps they would not, though, as I've asked people out to do things almost every week of summer so far. Still, I can always ask.) And in the meantime, I've got me some Lair of the Shadow Broker to play. ♥

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Saturday, 9 July 2011 12:32 pm
eighthphase: (misc//bring down the sky)
So iTunes is streaming this concert series, and My Chemical Romance is supposed to start their set soon... although I didn't realise that when I tuned in, so I got to sit through an opening band. I feel kind of bad for opening bands, because people go to concerts to see the headliners and not them, and so are kind of disrespectful toward them... but at the same time, when the iTunes ad prominently features MCR in its "Watch Live Now!" thing, I expect to hear MCR, not some band I've never heard of. /:

Anyway, so I went through all my ME2 screencaps. Out of 150, I have about twenty-one I actually plan on posting. For reference, I posted 24 out of ME1, and 41 so far through ME2. I'm really not eager to make that 62, so I might skip some of the shots I'm not particularly fond of, and just post the ones I really really like. (Although I am kind of trying to weave something of a narrative with them... but that hasn't stopped me from skipping a hell of a lot of other stuff anyway.)

You know, opening bands don't really improve with live streaming, and neither do intermissions.

edit: Then I only queued up thirteen screencaps. Of course, I've still got DLC to go through, so there's no telling how many I'll end up with in the end. And this damn intermission continues to go on. I "borrowed" my brother's Skullcrushers for this concert, so it better not go on much longer or I'll have to replace the battery in them, too. /:

I can't wait until my tumblr queue empties. Then I'll have twenty-five posts (maybe more, if it ever imports my relevant tweets) to code links to. Huzzah for HTML coding! /sarcasm (Although, so long as this keeps up, there's nothing keeping me from getting a head start, since for some reason tumblr decided to pretend I never linked my last five links and at least a few posts have gone through the queue since yesterday.)

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Friday, 8 July 2011 04:42 pm
eighthphase: (star trek//space the final frontier)
In honour of Atlantis's safe launch, today I watched a documentary about the shuttle program, intend to watch another one later, and beat Mass Effect 2.

No, really.

I have so many screenshots from going through the Omega 4 relay to the end of the game. 150, in fact. For the record, I took 217 through the whole game. That means that almost seventy percent of the screenshots I took are just from the endgame sequence; only 57 of those 217 are from before. (Additionally, I only took 54 through all of ME1.)

I'm not posting them all, of course, but somehow I still get the feeling that my tumblr followers (all two of them) are going to hate me. All I can say is, I'm pretty thankful for the queue.

(As I sat through the credits I saw that Claudia Black apparently did some voices in ME2! I hadn't noticed, but on subsequent playthroughs I'm going to have to keep an ear out.)

I still have some DLC to finish (Overlord, Arrival, Lair of the Shadow Broker, maybe Firewalker) but I think I want to go back to ME1 for a bit first. Though... I have a male Colonist Sole Survivor Infiltrator who's going to go renegade, and a female Earthborn War Hero Vanguard who I'm going to play properly paragade and I'm not sure which of them I should play first. (Then I also want to do another playthrough with my Soldier... but that's later, I suppose.)

Well! That's enough Mass Effect-ness for now, I think.

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Monday, 4 July 2011 03:01 pm
eighthphase: (jade//kid!sigh)
New layout, yeah! I really like this one, it's super pretty *____*

Yesterday I went out for Driving Lesson #2. (Lesson #1 was a while ago, and in the interim I've actually gotten my permit.) This lesson consisted of speedbumps and parking! I've gotten speedbumps down, I think; they were those especially annoying parking lot ones that I don't think my brother ever actually drives over, but I drove over them a lot. I only hit it really hard about twice, though, and then I figured it out. My car sits really low, so you need to go really slowly over speed bumps so that the suspension doesn't complain and so that you don't hit the exhaust pipe on the pavement.

I was slightly less successful at parking, though. I hit like five imaginary cars. /: This is because I'm not all that great at tight manoeuvring yet. (In my defence, the car has no power steering so you have to really yank the steering wheel to get it to turn. Unless you're my brother, apparently. But then he's driven this car more than I have, so it makes sense that he'd be better at it.) I also haven't really driven at normal speeds yet, either; partly because my brother thinks I need to learn to love the brake pedal and partly because I've only ever driven around in parking lots.

Still haven't beaten ME2 yet; I got the IFF and picked up Legion, and was in the middle of his loyalty mission when I learned that surprise! You have three minutes to get out and there are a ton of geth shooting at you, including a Prime right in the middle of your path! :D So that killed me. Though it was just as well, since my laptop was getting warm. (This is why I should buy a 360. Then I can play all three Mass Effect games without worrying about my poor computer not being able to handle them! And also Tales of Vesperia, and a few other awesome-seeming games that seem to only be coming out on 360.) I might finish it today, or maybe tomorrow.

I'm pretty decently into DQIX; I've got like three fyggs and am working on the fourth (but am lost in the dungeon, woe). I actually did get Shiki to buy a copy, but I haven't seen her since so I don't know how she's doing. I hope she's not further than me; that would just be embarrassing (although it would also be about par for the course; she often beats games much more quickly than I do). Maybe I should ask her...

I also bought another sketchbook, and another how-to-draw guide, since I'm so fond of collecting them. Between that and a thing I recently drew, though, I'm kind of despairing for my art. ): I know I can do better than what I've been doing; I just can't seem to figure out how.

Um, but enough of that. Someday, I'll stop doing catch-up posts! But today is not that day.

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Sunday, 26 June 2011 08:42 am
eighthphase: (tsubasa//leisurely)
So the party yesterday turned out kind of weird, and I could write about it, but then I'd just get pissed off again, so I don't think I will.

I did get the rest of the ME2 dlc after that, though, so that's all good. And then I found out that the Collector beam weapon wreaks havoc on Collector barriers. Took down a praetorian with it right quick, and Harbinger doesn't seem to like it all that much, either. New favourite heavy weapon? I think so!

And then I've also been playing more DQIX. (Not at the party, though. Mostly while waiting for all the dlc to download.) I started a new adventure log earlier in the week, because I am an idiot and - for some reason - decided that starting a new game was the best idea! :D So I kind of only just got to Stornway and am grinding for cash and levels for my new party members. /: It's not all that bad, though, so I can't really complain.

Going to dad's later today; I wouldn't, but I get food out of the bargain, so that's cool. I was debating whether I should bring my laptop like usual or just my DS (should I play Mass Effect, or Dragon Quest?); I think I've basically decided on the DS, because I really don't need to spend forever and a day playing Mass Effect, as I kind of already do that.

(I like how Shepard tells Hackett "I'll make this a priority." Fuck no I won't, I'm not doing Arrival until after the suicide mission. And as I just got the IFF mission but still have to pick up Tali and do seven loyalty missions and a ton of random assignments, I ain't doing the suicide mission any time soon, either.)

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 12:37 pm
eighthphase: (Default)
I've been debating with myself whether or not I should update the school paper blog with the articles from last issue. On one hand, playing webmaster was kind of my job. On the other hand, nobody actually told me to do it. This is made more complicated with the fact that school's out, so I don't have access to our server, where the articles (presumably still) are; I'd have to transcribe them all out of the paper copy, which is a pain in the ass to do. Plus then I wouldn't have the online exclusive articles, since those didn't get printed. (Although I think 'online exclusive' was actually code for 'we're pretending it doesn't exist' because I'm pretty sure none of them ever got finished.)

And, you know, school's out. I'm not in high school any more, I'm not in journalism any more. I don't have to do anything. (Though, if the journalism lunch/dinner/whatever it's supposed to be actually happens, I suppose I might feel a bit guilty if I didn't do it.) Even though I meant to do it before school was out, I forgot! So, you know, not my problem any more, right?

I suppose it isn't, but I still feel kinda bad.

Also, shameless plug go: The Adventures of Olivia Shepard! I'm still updating, what with not having beaten the game and all, but I'm about two-thirds of the way through ME2, I figure I can slip in a shameless plug if I want to.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011 11:35 am
eighthphase: (Default)
Somehow, events that have me in the sun and/or heat for more than about an hour always end with me dehydrated, no matter how well I worked to avoid that.

What this means is that I probably shouldn't have gone to the grad night party, because I was really not doing all that well after four hours of being stuck in the sun or, alternately, being crammed into a room that was never meant to hold nearly three hundred people. I was tired, I was cranky, I was nauseated, and I had a killer headache. But I went to the party anyway, because I'd put $20 toward it and there was supposed to be a Pokémon jumper house. (There was. It was Destiny Deoxys.) I only stayed for two hours, though, because I couldn't knock the feeling that I was constantly about to throw up. /:

Of course, now I'm at home, having slept for seven hours and lounged about for another three, and am wondering what the hell I'm going to do with myself. I've completely revamped my tumblr, complete with random not-poetry description (and more-accurate description describing exactly what I post that sounds disparaging but is absolutely true). What I should do is just suck it up and play more ME2, get the hell off of Horizon so that I can recruit me a justicar and an assassin, and do some loyalty missions so that maybe everybody doesn't die at the end.

If Garrus dies I'm so replaying the entire damn thing. ...of course, I was already planning on replaying the whole thing anyway, between wanting to do a tech run and a biotic run and playing as male!Shepard just so I can see if Kaiden is less boring when he's not trying to get in my pants. Plus I don't have all the ME2 DLC yet; mum's buying it for me as a graduation gift, but I probably won't get it until the end of the month. Which is totally cool, because at the rate I'm playing, I might not even have my first runthrough done before then. /:

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Saturday, 11 June 2011 07:35 pm
eighthphase: (star trek//space the final frontier)
Today I got dragged out to my dad's house. I thought, I'm not going near there without my laptop, so I grabbed a couple of DVDs and my laptop and brought it all with me. I actually did watch the film I brought! And then I played Mass Effect. I tried Garrus's mission a few more times, died, decided to start a new ME1 playthrough, got dragged grocery shopping before I could so much as finish customising my Shepard, got back, decided to try the mission again, died a few more times, then finally - finally - managed to finish it.

I'm pretty sure I exuberantly shouted curses when I managed, but nobody could really blame me. I had, after all, died like five times on that mission just in the half-hour I'd been trying.

Mass Effect 2 is a lot more fun now that I have Garrus with me again! :D Even if nobody ever taught him that blocking a rocket with your face is generally a bad idea. I mean, he lived, right?

Anyway, I'd write more but I'm getting called off for chores, so I'll cut it short here.

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Thursday, 9 June 2011 09:59 pm
eighthphase: (jade//kid!sigh)
So then I decided to draw Clow Reed's magic circle on the back of my yearbook, just to see if I could.In the process I learned that 'permanent marker' isn't actually all that permanent, if you apply moisture and friction. My hand was starting to sweat about halfway through, so I need to redo some of the earlier lines I did. (On the plus side, this means that when the sun magically ended up with fourteen rays instead of twelve, I could erase the extra two.) The poor little metroid I drew on the front cover suffered much the same fate. ): But that's okay, because I redrew him. I don't know what I'm going to do with the rest of it yet (probably at least a Samus on the lookout for metroids) but I'm sure I'll think of something, or at least someone else will.

Mass Effect 2! So I started playing yesterday, got to Omega, decided to pick up my bro, and then... promptly died at the second shutter three times in a row. Every time, I got to the shutter button and pushed it, but some damn krogan decided to get all up underneath it, and then varren decided to eat my legs, and then I died. Every time. So then I loaded an earlier save and tried doing the Aria thing over again, couldn't actually get her to talk to me, and then went to the Citadel instead.

I didn't think that the Council could be bigger assholes, but they managed it somehow. At least it's balanced out with "Uh, I'm sorry, but my records are saying that you're dead." "That's all right, I understand. I was only mostly dead, but try finding that option on government paperwork."

I can't wait to go back to Omega and get my bestest bro, then take him into the quarantine zone. "A quarantine zone for a plague that only affects turians. Why don't we ever go anywhere nice?" Garrus, why your recruitment mission so hard? D:

(I really need to stop watching ME2 videos on youtube, because all the best lines won't seem all that great once I get to them if I keep watching them over and over before.)

Anyway, I spent an hour drawing Clow Reed's magic fucking circle on the back of my yearbook, so now I'm kind of tired and also have a headache. (I lost track of how many times I said "Fuck you, Clow Reed" while I was doing it. /: ) I should probably go to bed now.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011 10:17 pm
eighthphase: (star trek//space the final frontier)

Commander Olivia Shepard, ladies and gentlemen!

What this really means is: I beat Mass Effect. It was awesome. So many explosions! So many cool shots of the Normandy! Between when I got on the Citadel and the end of the game I took like 33 screenshots. I'm not going to post them all, of course, I'll pick the best ones, but still - that's a lot. Usually I only take, like, four caps in two hours of gameplay. Tumblr spam incoming! :D

I've got Mass Effect 2 downloading. I'll probably let it go overnight, but I don't think I'll start playing until I get home tomorrow. I'll still have my darling Atropos with me, of course, I'll just be... not playing Mass Effect. Probably I'll keep working on the Mao+Nia piece I was doing today. You want to know what hell is? Hell is spending half an hour hand-shading a gradient only to realise, when you've finished, that the colours are in the wrong order.

Also, I've gotten some pretty weird reactions to my graphics tablet - I guess most people have never seen them before, so they're not quite sure what to make of them. Still, most people are like, "Oh, you use the stylus on it and it does stuff on the computer? Oh, I guess that's pretty cool." But this time, oh man. This girl was amazed. Like, I didn't notice until the people next to me were looking at her weird, but I turned around and she was just gaping at me and my tablet, and had been for about a full minute. It was... really weird.

Anyway, though sleep eludes me (so much excite!) I should probably try to get some anyway. I expect my eyes will become extremely heavy once I actually close them - that's benadryl for you, I suppose.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011 06:08 pm
eighthphase: (persona//epic fail)
Mass Effect: if at first it doesn't work, try again with a smaller resolution.

Last night I had to race to the Conduit. I tried three times and failed each time. Surely this can't be right! I raged. Then today I watched some videos of people doing the exact same thing and realised something... their Mako moved faster than mine. Now, I knew that the game lagged a little when I play - I don't get accurate lip-synch, that kind of thing. But I didn't think it lagged all that badly.

Then I loaded my last save and played in windowed mode at the smallest resolution. (Hey, it worked for Feros!) Wouldn't you know it, through the Conduit with seven seconds to spare! Autosave on the Citadel, and... back to normal resolution for me.

In completely unrelated news, I didn't expect physics class to come back and bite me in the ass, but it has. Today we got our check-out forms, which come with a handy little list of all the books you have checked out to your name - if you don't turn them in, you don't walk. The AP Gov book, Econ book, and precal book I expected.

The physics book I did not expect.

Now, it turns out that what happened was, when we turned our physics books in to our teacher at the end of the last term, he didn't check them in like he was supposed to, and instead just distributed them out to his next class. So basically everybody in my physics class has overdue physics books to their name and doesn't know who's running around with them. And the teacher is no help at all - a friend in the same boat went and asked him about it, only to be told, "Well, you can come back tomorrow and look through the books to find yours, I guess." Which is not only supremely unhelpful, but also only works if nobody else has the book - and somebody probably does.

I'll put up a plea on facebook tonight, though I expect nothing will come from it.


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