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Random Item Nov. 27th, 2009 @ 08:27 am
I've got a seemingly-legitimate invite to Google Wave. (All the links are proper, and the invite is an https site.) Apparently some dude sent it to me because we have the same last name.

Anyone want it?


In other news, I've been using Windows 7 for only a couple of hours now, but I can say with certainty that it is a dramatic improvement over Vista.
Dojo Master's Current Mood: hungryhungry
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Long Distance Runaround - Yes

Quote of the Evening Nov. 20th, 2009 @ 09:43 pm
::Scotty beams Kirk and Spock into what he assumes is Nero's cargo bay::

WIFE: "Cargo bay my ass!"

ME: "Don't hold it against Scotty. Little did he know the cargo bay had been retrofitted... for evil."
Dojo Master's Current Mood: geekygeeky
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Xanadu - Rush

Quick Update Nov. 18th, 2009 @ 10:34 am
We'll make it quick and multitiered. Why not?


---ANIME---

So I've borrowed a couple of anime series recently to watch, but don't really have much to say yet. I liked Code Geass (season 1), and it marks one of the very rare occasions that my favorite character is a clear protagonist.

The other one is The Story of Saiunkoku. I haven't given up on it yet, but so far... well, I hate it. Nonetheless, there are a small handful of really cool characters (not quite awesome, because to be awesome you need a good antagonist, and one has not yet appeared in 30 episodes) that carry a very weak story requiring MASSIVE suspension of disbelief. Regardless, I haven't yet given up on it. *shrug*


---STAR TREK---

Picked it up on Blu-Ray yesterday for cheaper than the DVD. ^_^

It's every bit as good as I remember it being, and Karl Urban has the finest nuances of Leonard McCoy's mannerisms perfect. ^_^


---WRITING---

I'm way behind on my round of Storm Heart revisions, but I have to take 4 days off work before the end of December or I lose a bunch of saved-up vacation time, so I hope to use those days to catapult that workload forward.

I've begun chapter two of my new project. I've shown the first draft of chapter one to a few people, and the limited feedback I've gotten on it thus far is fairly positive. I think I've got a promising premise.


---KINGDOM OF LOATHING---

Whoo, boy.

So after months of doing nothing but Hardcore ascensions, I finally get all the shinies I want on my main (Joringel) and go back into Softcore for the first time in months. At this point, I'm just aiming for 8 days, since I'm out of practice in the SC arena.

Then, all of a sudden it's day 3 and I'm in the castle. A sub-ronin run was starting to look more and more like a possibility. In the end, I ended up with 6 days, 1099 tuns. I came within about 10 adventures of a 5-day run, and broke Ronin on Day 5. The sad thing is, I could have made it if I had actually stocked Hagnk's properly, but I didn't think my run would be nearly as fast as it was.

One thing stopped me from having that 5-day run: blowing 60 adventures in the Palindome trying to get that frackin' Ketchup Hound. If only I had one in Hagnks...

So, I make a big, long list of stuff to stock Hagnk's with before ascending. Excited by the prospect of my first sub-ronin ascension, I go into After-After-Life Al's...

...and realize that I forgot to actually *acquire* any of the items on my list. So, in addition to appropriate food and booze, I'm without a meat maid, dungeon keys, or a chefstaff to bridge the gap between "Blood and Pudding" and "Black Kettle."

So I'm hoping that this run will be in the single digits. Hoping, at this point. But at least I've got a gawddamn Ketchup Hound. :p
Dojo Master's Current Mood: irritated*headdesk*
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: If Looks Could Kill - Heart

Interesting Nov. 13th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
Business Week has rated the top 15 metro economies in the U.S., and done a little slide show. It can be found here.

Texas cities compose HALF the top ten. Numbers one, two, five, nine, and ten, specifically. Then we've got one more in the top 15, at number 12.

Fascinating.
Dojo Master's Current Mood: curiouscurious
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Gemini Dream - Moody Blues

Long Overdue Update Nov. 11th, 2009 @ 01:53 pm
Wow, it's been a while since I updated, hasn't it? [Insert something witty about multi-tiered updates here.]


---KINGDOM OF LOATHING---

Still playing Kingdom of Loathing. Done a couple Hobopolis runs with B&E, and have made it down to level 500 of the basement for the first time for my telescope.

I've been looking at doing a couple 100% familiar runs now that I've pretty much gotten all the plexiglass and brimstone equipment I want. Well, I wondered whether anyone had ever been crazy/stupid enough to attempt a Hardcore Oxygenarian 100% Black Cat run. So I checked the ascension records. It turns out that ten such runs have been made...

...six of them by the same guy. That's right, there was a single crazy asshole who did SIX 100% Oxycat runs. To make it even more insane, he did it once WITH EACH CLASS. Admittedly, once you've got a crapload of ascensions completed, class starts to matter less and less, but consider he did this as a mysticality class twice. That means no malus for making wads, and no pickpocket to acquire needed items before the gawddamn cat bats it into the sewer.

To date, there have been no 100% Hardcore Oxygenarian teddy bear runs. I might be the first. :p


---STORM HEART AND MY NEW PROJECT---

I have, for various reasons, decided to delay the writing of Storm Heart's sequel so I can develop some of my other projects. I still continue to refine Storm Heart, but I've pretty much given up on having it sold before my 30th birthday.

My new project, I think, suits my style of writing a lot better than Storm Heart did. For one, it's not epic fantasy, it's humorous. Two, it's far more dialogue-heavy, and the characters aren't bound by the harsh realism of the Storm Heart setting. I don't think it's as good a story as Storm Heart,, but it's been a hell of a lot more fun to write.

I don't want to spoil anything, because Chapter One should be finished by the end of the week, and I intend to put it in the hands of a couple of people, and see if they think it's as funny as I do. The working title of the project is "Dating Dragons."


---OTHER STUFF---

I've been forcing myself to sit down on occasion and play Final Fantasy IX, hoping to actually finish it like I wanted to. I had forgotten how much I hated Freya. :p

Speaking of Final Fantasy, I have high hopes for Final Fantasy XIV Online. It looks like they've taken all the things that didn't work about Final Fantasy XI (particularly the fact that the *entire game* is one level grind after another to hit 70 on all jobs) and fixed them. In fact, they're introducing some pretty revolutionary concepts to the MMORPG world. Their aim is to eliminate the level grind while offering a full gaming experience to those who favor solo play, while at the same time making grouping with others for mutual benefit much easier, as players who are on completely different quests can achieve their goals without detriment to their party members.

I can't wait to play a tarutaru again. ^_^ When Mr. and Mrs. Locke are slinging the white and black magic from a pair of cute midgets, the world better look out. :p
Dojo Master's Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Piano Concerto No. 19 - Mozart

I'd Rate It 4 out of 5 Squiddlies Oct. 18th, 2009 @ 08:29 am
I don't use this word often, but I believe it applies.

A Boy and His Blob for Wii is pure SQUEE. ^_^

Cuteness overload + deceptively challenging puzzle game + nostalgia bombs (the original skyline from the old game recreated with Wii-level graphics, getting to ride on a bouncing ball, etc.) makes this game totally worth using the Best Buy gift card I've had since July worth it. ^_^
Dojo Master's Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Champagne Supernova - Oasis

Query Oct. 15th, 2009 @ 11:48 am
Does anyone know if A Boy and His Blob for Wii is any good or not? The original holds a special place for me. ^_^
Dojo Master's Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Sarabande - Bach

Yes, I realize how long it's been since I last posted... Oct. 9th, 2009 @ 11:47 am
...and I still don't really have anything to say today. Just a bit of linkspam:

The Reality of Running Away from Stuff, a somewhat old website comparing hollywood stunts to the fastest human record for running (as of 2002).

Long story short, I am screwed if a kangaroo ever gets pissed off at me.

Also, my wife can now take some comfort in the fact she recently was chased down by a certain animal on the list. :p

I've been reading the Protector of the Small quartet from Tamora Pierce. I really like the protagonist, and I love Tortall, her fantasy world. I'm almost at the end of book three, and will probably try to get ahold of the Song of the Lioness quartet once I'm finished. I strongly disagree with the classification of the Small quartet as 'juvenile literature,' and I'm starting to think that I can add her to my very small list of fantasy authors I really enjoy reading.
Dojo Master's Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Zireenz vs. Saint Rush - Shine on Me

News of the Positive Persuasion Sep. 21st, 2009 @ 08:20 am
It seems to be official...

There shall be a sequel to Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog.

Squee. ^_^
Dojo Master's Current Mood: excitedexcited
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: On the Rise - From Doctor Horrible, Act II

Linkspam Sep. 18th, 2009 @ 07:56 am
From the awesome people who brought you Jones Cola..


Dungeons and Dragons Limited Edition Sodas.

I'm particularly fond of Bigby's Crushing Thirst Destroyer. ^_^
Dojo Master's Current Mood: pleasedpleased
The Monks Are Currently Chanting: Dance Op. 65 Pt 2 - Carl Maria Von Weber
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