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Subject:I got divorced yesterday.
Time:12:04 pm
It involved mailing a postcard. The postage was about $1.80.

For backstory, I was married to a friend of mine for a while there. It fell through while I was finishing up my degree to move up to Ontario. We stayed friends for a bit, and then we didn't. I ... don't actually know what happened there, if anything did.

And now I have experienced one (1) Divorce! Life is weird.
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Subject:I just wanted to go home.
Time:12:33 pm
It should be easier than it is to convince doctors to not send you to the ER.

I’m fine now; just collapsed the other day at the doctor’s office and they wanted to expensively waste my time with an ambulance.
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Subject:Netflix Genesis Evangelion
Time:06:34 pm
I've been watching NGE lately, and I know why I held off -- I don't like giant robots very much -- but damn these angel designs are awesome. Sahaquiel, Matarael, Sandalphon, and Remiel are my favorites so far. I love them all.

(Of course I love Matarael. Extraterrestrial surskit ... bug bug bug.)

I haven't gotten to Kaworu yet -- I'm right before Ireul, and I knew already that Kaworu only has one episode -- but I was reading through all the KawoShin fic on AO3 and then ran out and switched over to FFN. Did you know people write sexy stud Shinji with a harem in the year 2019? It's incredible, really.
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Subject:Capitalism and Correct Choices
Time:03:03 pm
I just picked up a PS4 entirely so I could replay KH3D on a big screen. I only buy consoles when there's RPGs with monster petting sims. The monster petting is obligatory.

It occurs to me I can also get the Spyro remake ....

What other good PS4 games do you all know of? Or Switch games. I liked Unraveled a lot.
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Subject:Well done, Tumblr.
Time:01:46 pm
They rolled out the update that lets you review your flagged images, and I apparently had two flagged posts! One was a drawing of a dragonite being fished up, and the other was this cat pic:



I'm still not sure how Sasha was comfortable like that, but she's a good cat all the same. Even if she is designated by Tumblr as NSFW.
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Subject:Good Omens the eternal fandom
Time:10:15 pm
Given that Aziraphale has learning what the Internet is as a New Years Resolution, and he also had a computer by 1990 which he knew how to use very well, I propose Aziraphale the computer genius stuck sometime in the 80s. He can do just about anything on his Macintosh so long as it doesn’t require more than a megabyte of memory or a 40 MB hard drive. One day, he’ll upgrade, but for now he is very happy and has trouble understanding that Crowley can be holding a tiny phone with exponentially more power than his own computer. His computer isn’t that old.

Meanwhile Crowley isn’t sure how to turn his new phone off and on, and definitely has no idea why it crashes, but he’s very proud of it anyway.

(Aziraphale edited the logo on his computer to be unbitten. He never Fell.)
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Subject:Reposted from Tumblr: Undertale & SMT III
Time:09:40 pm
Major #spoilers for both SMT Nocturne and Undertale here, obviously. I kept saying I wasn’t going to write this essay but I wrote the essay. I have stuff to say about the Undertale monsters as a parallel to manikins, as well, but it needs more percolating.

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Subject:TWEWY canon observations
Time:09:21 pm
Tumblr's on fire, so I guess I'm archiving my old text posts?

Full game spoilers.Collapse )
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Subject:📣 Let's go, Let's Go, Let's go! 📣
Time:03:55 pm
Pokémon Let's Go came out a week or two ago, and me being the predictable person I am, I bought a Switch for it. Got the bundle and everything. I'm one pokémon away from completing my pokédex, and last night I (out of pure dumb luck) caught the most important of shiny pokémon! Victor the venomoth is bright blue and I love him very much.

I don't know if I would recommend this game to people who're less in love with Kanto than I am, but this game meets all my remake desires and is pretty much my Ideal Pokémon Game, barring one major control scheme issue, some nontrivial to fix graphical errors, and the selection of rideable pokémon being incredibly haphazard.

It's playable without using the motion controls so long as you play as a handheld; I find the docked version entertaining as hell but baffling and wouldn't try doing anything serious docked. It is, however, not kind to people with tendencies towards motion sickness.

Wild pokémon battles have always been a kind of borked segment of the series, and I think Let's Go removing all but a few of them is a step in the right direction. I think it went a little too far, but balancing level-up movesets is not something the series has been good with. Either some of the wild pokémon wreck your shit, or you don't get anything good for ages. Let's Go moves a lot of learnsets around so that almost every pokémon can plausibly have a good moveset by around level 30 or so, especially if you're using the TMs that you already have access to. It's nice.

In exchange, trainer battles are generally much more difficult than in the rest of the series. You can utterly cheese everything by playing two-player, but single player? They have the same access to good moves that you do and they actually use them. It's neat.

(Someone had the incredible idea that two-player should make all battles two on one. You just have a Support Trainer with you now. You casually bring your friend with you to face the Elite Four and you're going to use two pokémon at a time while they use one. I suspect the intent was so that a younger sibling or other small child can play without slowing you down too much, but it's absurd and I absolutely took periodic advantage of this.)

Honestly, my biggest problem with Let's Go is that postgame, you can fly around on your giant dragons, but your dragon gets stopped by gatehouses. Sure, you can fly all the way from Fuchsia City to Viridian City to Indigo Plateau across the Victory road, but that gate next to Viridian Forest? No, you have to go into the menu to put your pokémon back into its pokéball. Apparently you can't tell your dragonite to land so we can walk through this checkpoint. This is some dumb nonsense right here and riding a charizard, dragonite, or aerodactyl is so fucking cool that it keeps popping up and being a pain in the ass.

Oh, and you can only Sky Dash to cities, not routes. Want to ride your dragonite over Saffron City? Haha, screw you, you need to switch it out for something else in order to go anywhere else because it's surrounded by gatehouses.
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Subject:Political activisms
Time:03:53 pm
Today I went around the senate building talking to around two dozen senators’ staffs, and Cardin’s staff immediately recognised us as Marylanders!

It’s because my mom had an Orioles cap on.
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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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