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Subject:Sleepy surskitty gets sloppy
Time:08:49 pm
And uses all their energy for weeks on end doing prints! I'm not gonna show them off here, because they're Offline Identity Things, but damn, I am awesome at linocut and drypoint, even if I can't really handle multiple things at once. It's okay, though.

I've been cleaning up my room because I got this awesome rug, and I'm very happy with it >:O
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Subject:some days, fandom is outdoors
Time:09:04 pm
People rag on Pokémon Go a lot, but I gotta say, it's still making me happy and getting me outside on a regular basis to meet up with people from the internet for a low-investment bit of social interaction in parts of town I had no idea existed. Plus, it gets me walking around when I'm too preoccupied to care how much everything hurts.

Apparently I need to start packing snacks. Somebody brought cookies today and everyone was happy, so I guess Sunday raid meetups are potluck time. I caught an entei today!! 1903 CP.
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Subject:openSUSE me
Time:07:12 pm
My laptop's keyboard controller's on the fritz, so I got a new laptop. Then that laptop kicked it within a few days, so I exchanged it for another laptop. Micro Center's customer support is good as always :) A decent experience swapping a dead laptop for store credit and getting a different one!

I'd been using Xubuntu for years, but with Ubuntu et al getting more and more invested in systemd and pulseaudio and other nonsense that I don't quite understand, I figured it was time for a switch and now I'm on openSUSE. It's high time I tried a distro on my main box that's not a *buntu. My old media desktop had Chakra on it, which is an arch offshoot, but that was a piece of shit both in hardware and distro choice, eesh.

I don't have many opinions on openSUSE so far, but I'm happy. I've finally seen Abort / Retry / Ignore in the wild and I appreciate being able to ignore not having a dependency. Installing Dropbox tried to install something related to nautilus that openSUSE can't find, but I don't even use Nautilus. I switched to Thunar even when I was on vanilla Ubuntu back in like 2010, because it's got intelligent file renaming capabilities in a GUI. It's honestly probably perfectly fine ignoring it.
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Subject:State of the Bug
Time:10:53 pm
I finally finished my TWEWY longfic, and I'm in the process of posting it. I'm still totally baffled by the idea of me being able to finish things? It's a 300k word longfic! And I was able to divide it into cohesive arcs and to actually wrap up pretty much everything I wanted from it! Revising it's an ass and a half, as these things always are, but if I uploaded the rest of the chapters right now, it'd all be stuff I'm proud of. Just stuff I'd be less proud of than I would if I punched it into shape more. Having a strict schedule for posting makes it a lot easier to edit, I gotta say.

Then, on the other end of things, I've also been working on a Pokémon Crystal romhack, tentatively called Crystalis, though I haven't fiddled with the title screen yet. Assembly's pretty weird to work with, but it's interesting. It does what you tell it to, nothing more or less. I've successfully done all the major things I wanted to with it -- E4 round two, encounter adjustments, trainer adjustments -- but I'm sure the project scope will grow in time, as these things always do.

Or possibly I'll simply end up hacking on gens 1 or 3 instead. Truly, what I'd like to do someday is fiddle around with BW2, but there aren't anywhere near the same resources and I have no idea where to start. It's important to me that I not break anything already included in the game, you know? Even the in-game Pokédex. With Crystalis, the single most difficult thing I did was work out how to get the Trainer House to be much more interesting in single-player without breaking it in the event of someone playing on a flashcart with real hardware.

It means I have to start small and keep my scope narrow, but I think practicing that will serve me well in the future. Certainly I should avoid falling into any more years-long fic projects, haha.
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Time:08:09 pm
Geez, I really don't post often, huh? ursulav's on a book tour, and I went and saw her yesterday! She talked about fairy tales, and got the kids to help work out a retelling of the princess and the frog. It ended up being the Malaria Researcher and the Mosquito. I ... I would not like to be the prince who swatted a fairy and ended up cursed into a mosquito. It's definitely an evocative image, though. I've been replaying Pikmin 2 the past few days, plus I just got Pikmin 3, and damn does Pikmin 3 have an incredible aesthetic. The control scheme in 3's a bit of a downgrade, but it's a beautiful game and the gameplay mechanics are neat. Just way off in a different direction than where 2 went, but that's okay: I got Pikmin 2 to be Pikmin 2.
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Subject:Antidepressants are an incredible thing.
Time:04:50 pm
Over the past year -- pretty much exactly a year, in fact -- I've apparently written 262k words of fic, at least 230k of which are solid, postable bits of TWEWY fic. Before that, I'd never written more than 1k continuous words of anything. I'm ... impressed isn't strong enough, but I don't know what is.

It's not even like the antidepressants really make me less depressed, but I'm capable of having an attention span? I can't express how valuable that is. I'm just.

Wow.

262k!! And a 150k fanfic that's got like half a chapter left before it's done, though I'm currently 3k into something I'd like to get done for Halloween. Ehehehe. Still, that'll probably be done within the next week or two, even considering that I need to do another pass of edits before posting. (Nothing too major, I don't think, but I need more foreshadowing in at least one scene.)
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Time:10:28 pm
Sasha cat stole my keyboard and typed "loki".

I'm concerned.
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Subject:ITP: TOP POST
Time:05:48 pm
Current Mood:awakeawake
Good morning, LJ, and I'm surskitty and these are your morning announcements. I'm a moderately-flaky lurker of many things fandom, and if I just added you, that's probably because I find something in your blog interesting! ... Or possibly because I'm a fish. It's a mystery.

I usually tag my entries, though rarely usefully for people not-me, and the majority of my posts are one-liners that would probably make more sense on Twitter. So yes!

I occasionally add fic I like to memories; we'll see how long that lasts. Fic I post goes either in erraticmargins or on AO3; I do not, however, mirror things because I am a special snowflake.

I EDIT STUFF FOR MY ICONS AND WILL DO IT BY REQUEST. I also sometimes add some icons to my LJ scrapbook but LJ is a bum who does not usually let me log onto scrapbook, so only sometimes.

ARTWORK GOES HERE and I apologize for gratuitous Pokémon forum post but at least it's all in one place. UNLIKE SOME THINGS . . .

I have a dreamwidth, though I do not believe in crossposting! Different things get posted between them; you will just have to deal. This one's more daily life sort of thing; that one's anything my mum wouldn't care about.
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Time:08:57 pm
I haven't posted in ages due to a variety of reasons, among which that I've been mainly using Tumblr. Not dead; not totally vanished off the internet; just haven't been doing actual blogging.
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Time:08:03 pm
I haven't posted in absolute ages because posting health updates is depressing when I don't also include things like my thoughts on the latest manga chapter or something, and I don't currently follow any frequently on-going series. :/ And definitely not any that my flist also follows. Only on-going thing I follow is PokéSpe and that I just talk to [personal profile] keltena about.

I got botox for my migraines about a week ago, which is interesting, but I think that's the only day-to-day highlight in the past while. My current classes (metalworking, intalgio, korean, digital illustration) are mostly interesting, which is good; I've been having a lot of bad health days for the past while, which is not.

Haven't been writing as much fiction as I'd like, but at least I've been drawing somewhat frequently.

I do check my lj flist a lot, though, and as usual dw nerds are on my rss feeds. I just don't comment much: anxiety still definitely is a thing. Blehhh. Message me on tumblr or on an IM thingy, I guess, maybe? daikonpan on tumblr and twitter; surskitty most everywhere else.
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Time:03:33 pm
My local park currently has people dressed as rabbits invading it.

But I want to go on the swings!
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Subject:sometimes my computer names are more apt than I'd hope
Time:11:26 pm
It sure is good I enjoy fiddling with my boxen, otherwise the fact that erufuunPC keeps freezing would be really annoying. I'm not sure what's wrong with it. I'm hoping my problems were from leftover Mint 12 .files and that's why (x)ubuntu 10.10 would freeze periodically. I just deleted a ton of .files relating to config shit and installed lubuntu 10.10; let's see if this works fine. Unlike with the ubuntu and xubuntu installs, it didn't forget how to wireless card when I rebooted after updating shit, which I will take as a Good Sign.

I tried downgrading Aurora to a stable firefox release and it decided it really enjoyed crashing, so I'm back on Aurora. I sort of wonder what's wrong there, but I'm not that bothered, really.

At least I'm enjoying trying out different desktop environments. I kind of hate Unity, and GNOME 3 appears to be shitty (though I like the idea of the Mint panel), and pinaPC (which is running Chakra) is kind of borked and while I like a lot of KDE apps I'm not sure I would plan on using KDE for a main box. Thankfully pinaPC is more or less a media center so the wonkiness of the current install doesn't really bother me that much. I'll probably either work out what's wrong with it or stick on actual arch (and xfce, I think) sometime.

Am actually crossposting an entry, wtf is this shit. ETA: haha, went to edit the icon here on lj and was reminded that LJ keeps setting itself to japanese fsr. I mean, I don't mind most of it being in Japanese; it's just pretty random.
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Time:12:58 pm
Hello! Suffice to say there are many reasons I haven't been posting, most of them not really worth repeating. I got through this semester, though! B in 2-Dimensional Design and in Korean; A in Japanese; D in ASL. I have had some thoroughly awful health issues lately; this month I've had what could be more appropriately described as an ellipsis: I am on my third period in four weeks. I believe the correct term is 'fml'.

I got a new laptop and a tablet! Haven't done much interesting with either yet.

I feel like I should comment that I've had a dreamwidth for a good long time (and no intention of importing posts or making a habit of crosspoting) and I've also had a tumblr for a while.
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Time:04:52 pm
Suikoden Tactics aka Rhapsodia is really awesome. This game deserves more love.

Snagged from syvia!
1. Reply to this post with "not if it's bitter", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

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Time:07:55 pm
I haven't posted in forever! I'm perfectly fine. I think. There was an earthquake today! The devastation was terrifying.

But like, I have a question! It freaked out vernetarianist, and he's hard to freak out, so warning for what the fuck.

WHY WOULD I /ASK THIS/Collapse )
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Time:10:56 pm
I haven't posted in ages! Don't worry, though: I still exist! My brain's been eaten by Gensou Suikoden for a while, though. ♥ HEY, RPG NERDS. I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE. HAVE YOU PLAYED SUIKODEN AND IF NOT WHY NOT

Finally got around to actually playing V, and also played through II and am working on a second II file and my first IV playthrough whenever I remember. I also found a copy of Disgaea 2 recently! So I've also been playing that. (... Why is 'zam' the equivalent sentence ender they're using for 'de gozaru'? Wouldn't just having her use very polite speech to charge her chi work better? ... Ah well, maybe they wanted something along the lines of -ssu to dood, except saying dood at the end of a sentence sounds much better, dood.) ... And I've been puzzling at the Suikogaiden games and being very proud of myself whenever I understand something.

I am curious as to why english fandom seems to have a huuuuuge thing for III. The gameplay is way bad. Writing seems interesting! -- but uh. Gameplay. Way bad. Yeah. Wonder how many of the people who really really love III have played I, II, or V. The huge hate-on for IV I can get, though: the gameplay's pretty good but most of the stars of destiny are so creepy and the writing's a bit weak. On the plus side, it has a skip scene button in New Game+. The lack of skip scene is 95% of the reason I don't plan on replaying V anytime soon: I like the writing, and I like the characters, and I like the plot, but the voice acting is p-r-e-t-t-y bad and there are quite a few scenes I don't want to have to watch more than once.

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Today I spent about an hour learning enough Scheme to write a script for GIMP! It's a fairly trivial script, but it's very useful for me, anyway. And I can now say I have used Scheme barely. Woo.

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Irrelevantly, flyppc likes to inform me that I have 108 security updates I should apply. I just thought you should know.

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More relevantly, gross, gnome-shell and Unity. Not sure whether I'm going to jump ship from Ubuntu to Kubuntu or to Xubuntu or to Bodhi on watakkoPC yet, though. I know I plan on switching either pinaPC or flyppc to Arch sometime in the not-distant future, though.
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Subject:A Minor Victory
Time:12:59 am
I went to get a sandwich from Late Night, as one does! But the cashier said, "We only have roast beef. Is that okay?" SO I THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A FEW SECONDS and go eh sure why not

TURNS OUT SHE WAS WRONG

THEY HAD TUNA AND EGG SALAD, TOO not much but they still *had some*

GUESS WHAT THE TWO TYPES OF SANDWICH THEY HAVE THAT I LIKE ARE
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Time:10:05 pm
OKAY! Since Black and White leaked on Thursday, I've been reading through the game script! And noticing some things my Japanese wasn't good enough for, haha, and being reminded of others. So here are some of my thoughts! ... Also apologies for switching between English names and Japanese names; I'm using the ones I'm more comfortable with, and as far as the region goes, it's either Isshu or Unita.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSCollapse )
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Time:09:15 pm
Looked up how to use grep today. Knew what it was used for! But hadn't actually used it.


So I've heard that a lot of people -- hello, zhorken and tailsy -- have been watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I was willing to accept that this might be entertaining, but I hadn't realised the depths of this is a good show. I haven't watched past halfway through the first episode but I am already in love. Though apparently Zecora is moderately problematic? I haven't seen her yet.

It's kind of amazing how much it surprises me when something doesn't follow the tropes of 'socially inept geek goes outside, makes friends, gives up geekitude' or 'fashion-obsessed girl is a ditz and also consumer-obsessed' or ... I'm not quite sure what character trope I was expecting Fluttershy to follow, but I do know I can't think of many characters who are very timid and quiet until they find whatever it is they're interested in. And then she is bold! She seems to know exactly what she cares about and as long as that's what the subject is she has her footing.

Also, the dialogue so far sounds very natural.

My mind is blown.

(Hey, elnigma! If you can get a toy from McDonalds of Twilight Sparkle that would be awesome. So far I love everyone except Pinkie Pie. Pinkie Pie I think I will love to hate.)
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Time:08:26 am
Whyyyyy am I not able to sleep more than four hours at a time this week >/
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