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Going back to Iowa for a week on vacation with family tomorrow. It's been quite a while since I've been out there...

To put it in perspective here as I just did on Telegram, the last time I was out there I'm not 100% sure [personal profile] jesterelijah had been born yet. That realization just slammed the "press this to feel old" button.

*rattles head*
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It's something we all dream of once in a while, right? Sadly, for many of those who hit the big win, they lose it all and wind up worse than they were before.

I did some thinking about it while taking a shower earlier, and came up with an admittedly surprising plan for if it ever happens.

Wren's grand master plan )
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Yes, I finally went and updated that fantail fangame. XP

PC version
Mac version

Updates from the original:
-I redid the title screen and a few others to make them look better.
-I fixed a few typos and outdated references.
-...That's about it, actually.

Aaaand this version is going to be rather short-lived. I came across a number of errors on paths outside of the "good" and "bad" endings, a typo that stops music playing in one area entirely, and a few other things I'm in the process of fixing.

I'll have v1.3 live here in the new future, but at the moment there's one other big update I want to make to it after fixing all this.
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I first saw this pixel-art Zelda-style hack/slash on Jacksepticeye's channel a few months/years? back. The other day I saw a tag for it at Target showing it was now on the Switch for $20. I figured that might be a better investment of $20 than a trip to Dave & Busters, so I gave it a shot.

I was right AND wrong on that note. )
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Yep. I think it's definitely safe to say that, as adorable as it was, my playthrough of Let's Go Eevee has gone dead. I owe this primarily to the controller style making playing it too annoying. I understand the virtues of holding the controller vertically in an encounter to try and catch things, but forcing that same hold while on the world map was too much.

Sorry about that.


Anyway, moving on to the upcoming Gen VIII release:


I'm thinking Sword at the moment. It just appeals to me. The starter, at least, isn't a tough choice.


Duh. :p Still, it's interesting to see my long-standing tradition of defaulting to the Grass starter continuing to be thwarted. X/Y made me adore my Fennekin, Firestarter, and while Ivanhoot was my choice for Moon, I consider my Ultra Sun run the true Gen VII experience, and so consider my Popplio, Serenity, to be my starter for that gen.

So basically the "all Grass starters" thing is pre-BW, while post-BW it's varied nicely. Fire, Water, and now Fire again.

I just hope Scorbunny's final form isn't Fire/Fighting. Been too many of those. XP

Yes, but not for those kinds of reasons.

I'm badly ahead of myself here, but I've gone so far as to even pick my starter's name: once I make my 20-30 restarts to get a female Scorbunny, I plan to name her Cammie.

[DORK :p]

Anyway, see you again when Sword/Shield comes out?


OH, right...regarding the name of the region.


Yeah. Irish for "Disease." A lot of people seem to think there's going to be a reference to the Black Plague here...the fact that it's the Irish word, however, has me looking more at the infamous potato famine.


Who knows? Guess we'll find out in a few months.

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It won't be difficult; you'll basically be performing this trick on yourself.

All it takes is any regular deck of poker cards. No jokers, no instruction cards, just the standard supplies for a game of 52-Pickup.

First step... )
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I've had dreams that make up modifications to games like Doom and such before, but...Battleship? Really?

Anyway, apparently my mind decided to come up with a new way of playing that game:

-Each turn, you get as many shots as you have ships left. (This much is actually an accepted official game mode, called "Salvo")
-If you have more ships left than your opponent, your first X shots (X being the difference) are randomly decided by percentile dice: the 10s dice determines the letter coordinate (1=A, 2=B, ... 0=J) with the 1s determining the number (1=1, 2=2, ... 0=10). For example, if you have 5 ships and your opponent has 3, your first 2 shots will be randomized with the last 3 being where you like.
-If you sink an opponent's ship and still have a shot left, your next shot is randomized as above.
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To quote Seras from Hellsing Abridged Ultimate: Oh fuck the hell yes.

This extension of the opening of "Left Foot Trapped in a Sensual Seduction" from the Hellsing OVA literally just took a few days worth of stress and edge off me in the matter of 5 minutes. If this were any higher grade ear-porn I would NSFW tag this post.

Seriously, give it a listen. My ears haven't thanked me this much since that live playing of Gessekai that Buck-Tick did...in fact, you know what? Once you're done with the previous video, give this one a listen too:

You're welcome.
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Forgot to post this after it showed up in the mail a few weeks back! Sorry 'bout that.

Picked up this con badge from BaconGrease at Furpocalypse.
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Which is a way of saying I fixed an error in the audio. XP

Doing this with David at RMFC 2016 was a blast. :D
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A goofy 2-second snippet I made from the final sequence of Team Four Star's "Abridged Series" parody of the bloody-as-hell vampire anime Hellsing Ultimate. The original series is fairly bloody, the parody is still fairly bloody and can be downright offensive sometimes, but all in all it was absolutely hilarious. To be as non-spoilery as possible, in the scene I took this from, Alucard is playing Dr. Oz to a number of souls to help them find peace...with this snippet summarizing his interactions with roughly 1/3 of them.

I should point out that Abridged!Alucard is absolutely crass.

Hellsing Ultimate is owned by Kouta Hirano and Studio Madhouse, and licensed by Geneon, Madman Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, and Funimation.

Hellsing Ultimate Abridged is a fan-based parody thereof made by Team Fourstar. Support their fanmade release by supporting the official release.

That being said, my apologies if this offends anyone.

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A few minutes ago I did a tarot reading on myself, looking for some insight into where my life is right now and where it's going.

What I interpreted from it was that, despite how positive and certain I may portray myself to be, I can't ignore the fact that I've been coming out of a dark area in my life...my continuing phobia over the constant aftershocks, the still-healing wounds on my soul from that bad breakup over a decade ago, trust issues I still have with people in positions of authority over me, the jealousy of my loved ones' relationships...and that, as I continue to move onto a better place in my life with an ever-growing family (Sara and Caz, for example), I need to remember to not take those blessings in my life for granted, and to appreciate them more even when they're little more than an afterthought in my mind during a busy day.

So, to all of you who have enriched my life over the past 36 years, and everyone who has allowed me to enrich theirs in return...

Thank you.

(sticker by Kwik)
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I thought this was going to be a short entry like last year...nnnot so much.

Anyway.. )
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I'm still on edge since Friday's quake. Last night I finally felt comfortable sleeping in my room rather than on the couch, and I still kept sweatpants and socks on in case I needed to evac again. I've been jumpy at work; someone was moving one of the rolling barricades we use to close aisles off, and with how similar its rattling sounded to my house's...well, yeah, I had a panic attack. When an aftershock or something that remotely resembles one comes along, I flat-out freeze. My ability to drive our lift trucks to get stuff from the upper shelves, already strained by my fear of heights, is now pretty well gone because I just don't have the nerve to go...what if another shake hits while I'm 12 feet off the ground?

I still joke and post amusing stuff to friends, but more and more it's serving as a distraction to keep my mind off stuff, to keep me from thinking about those few minutes of sheer terror and all the what-ifs. But apparently the strain is still showing on my face at work. Twice now my supervisors have pulled me aside to check if I'm okay.

The annoying part is that all this is going on with my head despite the fact that, compared to most people around here, I got off easy. No damage to the house, fairly minimal cleanup...some form of survivor's guilt mixed with my anxiety issues, maybe?

The past few days have been rough. The next few weeks look to be about as rough. And I have no clue what to do about it, except jot my thoughts down here while my mind continues to dodge the issue in its myriad ways.
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Some of you might have seen news about a sizable earthquake in Anchorage...aka my hometown.

I'm okay. Power's out at the house and stuff's strewn all over the place, but that seems to be the worst of it. I'm hanging out at work right now despite not being well enough to actually work (anxiety makes me severely nauseous), but all in all I'd say I got off light all things considered.
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So yeah, the Ultra Sun post-game playthrough got derailed yet again, this time by another Pokemon game: Let's Go Eevee!


Hehehe, yep. Anyway, this post is actually a little late; I started the game on Thursday, so this is gonna be a bit of a catch-up post to bring things up to date.


And the first thing that happened... )
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CO-WORKER: “Dude…what if the government were building robot aliens to take over the world?”

ME, NOT EVEN REMOTELY FAZED BY THIS: “If the government were building them, then they would be native to Earth and, thus, not aliens.” *walks away*
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