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April 11th, 2010

02:55 pm
So apparently 50s music just makes me feel like I aught to be shooting mutants.

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July 12th, 2009

09:01 pm
3/30 Fragments of Val'anyr... if you don't know what I'm talking about, then congratulations.

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April 30th, 2009

10:41 am
Interestingly enough, last time I played a D&D game with the "roll your personal stats" motif, this is roughly the stat distribution I chose.

I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Wizard (4th Level)

Ability Scores:







Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment because it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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March 18th, 2009

03:45 pm
Not that anyone was wondering, but the reason I don't blog much here is that I've pretty much just gravitated to using twitter.

So let's all sing like the birdies sing, tweet, tweet tweet, tweet tweet.

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February 13th, 2009

01:17 pm - blatantly stolen from my brother's tumblr log

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January 12th, 2009

11:14 am - The big enemies of man are being set up to fall...
Some researchers have found an interesting way to get the body to fight off cancer.

It's not the fabled "Cure for Cancer", but 90% success rate is damn good.

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December 12th, 2008

08:48 pm - Tim Minchin
My brother posted some Tim Minchin videos in his blog a while back, and I was rather impressed with his stuff. So I thought I'd share one I particularly liked:

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November 6th, 2008

11:39 am - You want a magic stay healthy pill?
Well you can't have one. But there'll be a science stay healthy pill.

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November 5th, 2008

11:31 am - If you're not angry, you're not paying attention.
Californians: Find someone who voted for prop 8 and tell them, to their face, that they are a bigot, no better than the people who tried to keep Obama out of office because he's black. Just because there's more anti-gay bigots left in California than anti-black bigots doesn't make it ok. They're bigots and they need to be ashamed of what they are.

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October 30th, 2008

05:56 pm - Who will take Azeroth?

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02:05 pm - Interesting visitor at work
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We have some hawks living near work, and one of them decided to use our atrium to pluck his freshly caught pigeon.

Unfortunately this is the only shot I got of him, apparently he didn't like having a person standing just a few feet away.

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October 29th, 2008

02:45 pm - Fallout 3
Holy crap. I could not stop playing. Fallout 3 is awesome.

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October 27th, 2008

11:25 am - Wassup?

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10:46 am - Weekend o' sleep
I slept a lot this weekend... apparently the trauma of having my last wisdom tooth removed knocked me out for a good 15 hours. Even made me miss the start of my usual raid, which could have been really awful, as we'd cleared out most of Black Temple. But luckily a substitute left in time for me to take a spot in the raid's first killing of Illidan. (This is World of Warcraft stuff to those that don't know what I'm talking about).

Woohoo! I have all kinds of virtual accomplishments!

Then I slept pretty much the entirety of Sunday as well.

Oh yea, Web of Shadows is out, it has a wide range of reviews, from good to bad, leaving it at a thoroughly average metacritic score. Which is fine, I don't feel the ownership on that game like I did on Ultimate Spider-Man.

I've begun experimenting with throwing cans of soup into the rice cooker to make cheap hot easy meals... First was beef stew, which smelled really good for a while, but when I got around to eating it... the meat was blackened and there's not enough stuff with the rice. The rice is slightly colored and slightly flavored, so clearly we need a higher proportion of soup to rice. I'll pick up some other soups tonight, since I'm running out of soda again.

Which reminds me... when the teeth were pulled, the dentist told me no spicy food or crunchy food, and I got home and found that pretty much everything I had in the house was spicy, crunchy, or both.

Apparently I don't eat soft bland food anymore.

Also: Fallout 3 comes out tonight, I'll be picking it up at midnight and calling in sick to work tomorrow.

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October 16th, 2008

06:46 pm - Vote the Cheerleader, vote the world.
See more Hayden Panettiere videos at Funny or Die

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October 9th, 2008

02:53 am

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October 1st, 2008

02:18 pm - Tomorrow's Technology Today
Canadian scientist creates a CO2 scrubber.

I'm pretty sure most people don't think of machines when they hear 'scrubbers', but the term has been in SciFi for a while.

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September 15th, 2008

04:39 pm - Death continues to be my favorite character
Death: Humans need fantasy to *be* human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They're not the same at all.
Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder, and sieve it through the finest sieve, and then show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet, you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some, some rightness in the universe, by which it may be judged.
Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what's the point?
Death: You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?

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September 11th, 2008

09:58 pm - Mmmm, beefy
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July 15th, 2008

12:51 pm - What happens in Vegas...
...is you gamble a little, attend a wedding, completely lose track of time all over the place, eat any time you like, drink all the time you want, see the strip, and see a couple shows.

By the way, have you accepted hedonism as your lord and savior?

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July 9th, 2008

07:40 pm - I for one...
...welcome our new robot airhockey overlords.

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04:10 pm - it's a fricken laser
"laser tattoos" interesting... certainly quick, I'd say it's more of a branding than a tattoo though. I wonder how they look once they've aged.

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July 1st, 2008

12:28 pm - Huh.
There's this guy named Matt Harding, he does a silly dance, he made a video that's pretty cool, you may have seen it before:

But not only that, he has a website about himself which includes some of what his deal is. I was going to originally post about him as a "look what can happen when game designers quit their jobs". But now I found out something slightly more interesting: I've got two degrees of separation from him, as he used to work with my current producer on a previous project.

Funny little world.

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12:05 pm - Heh... lighthouses.

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June 18th, 2008

05:20 pm - Teaching games are notorious for being unfun...
...but someone put together an MMO to teach people the chinese language and culture. It's called Zon and I haven't actually checked it out yet.

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May 27th, 2008

11:51 am - Productive 3 day weekend
And by productive, I mean relaxing. I slept in a lot, finally got around to finishing God of War 2, and didn't get called in to work on our alpha build.

Just updated my games finished list with that and Days of Ruin, bringing the total up to 380.

I tried playing Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and Metroid: Corruption (our 360 is red-ringed, so it's all PS2 and Wii at the moment), but I found them both to be too similar to their previous incarnations. Some old game mechanics can still be really fun with a new story, but often they're just the same mechanics with slight tweaks and a barely changed story... it's not nearly as rewarding to play the same game over and over again without coming away from it with something new. The Zelda games have been just barely riding that line of introducing just enough tweaks to keep the mechanics fresh and just enough story changes to make it different. You can still smell the old stuff under it though.

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May 22nd, 2008

04:25 pm - Words are fun.
www.freerice.com ...and useful.

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May 13th, 2008

12:34 pm
Why buy a hybrid car when you can turn yours into one? Unfortunately, this one requires plugging it in to charge... I thought we had the tech to recover power from braking, where the hell is that?

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May 8th, 2008

03:36 pm
It's gonna be the future soon.

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02:50 pm - People talking about interesting things makes great background noise
Clay Shirky's keynote speech from Web 2.0 Expo on the cognitive surplus of the world.

Bruce Sterling on interface design.

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May 6th, 2008

09:08 pm - |\| | |/|
The latest Nine Inch Nails album is free. I fully expect it to be more of his crappy instrumentals, but hey: Free's free.

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11:31 am - Casual gaming for all!
Micro$oft wants anyone to be able to make casual games: www.popfly.com, I was looking over it briefly, and the first problem is it's not nearly intuitive enough for a casual person to casually make something, the second is that it crashed my browser shortly after I tried to do anything interesting.

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April 24th, 2008

10:40 pm - Youtubin'
A long time ago, I made an account on youtube so I could watch stuff without it questioning my age constantly. It wouldn't let me take Ascius as an account name for some reason, so I typed in the first thing that popped into my mind.


I don't upload videos, but I've started keeping favorites, so you can browse my favorites to see the sort of crap I may have linked previously, or might have linked had I thought to bother.

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April 18th, 2008

09:39 pm - Mmmmm

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April 17th, 2008

06:36 pm - my current project has been announced
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

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April 15th, 2008

02:33 am
I finished reading Ender's Shadow this morning at about 6am. I had started reading it a couple days back... this didn't so much effect my day to day routine as it replaced my sleep routine entirely.

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April 7th, 2008

06:43 pm - Portal seems to have started a trend
You Have To Burn The Rope

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April 1st, 2008

11:45 pm - Molten Core!
hehe. Check out the trailer.

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March 25th, 2008

11:24 pm - Notes
I. I've been sick for about two weeks now.
  A. It's a sore throat, it initially presented with body ache, so maybe it's a flu that got stuck in the tubes.
  B. It's been wandering around between my throat and ears all two weeks.
    1. That's hell, by the way. Ear infections suck ass.
  C. I compounded it by traveling.
    1. Yes, I'm an idiot.
II. I just got back from visiting Portland.
  A. Because Red and I are considering moving there.
    1. I like the weather.
    2. I don't like the job prospects.
      a. But it's not like I'm enjoying my current job or prospects anyway.
    3. I could live anywhere so long as I can get soda and internet.
      a. Apparently everyone thinks I would never want to leave LA.
  B. I have a friend in Portland.
    1. She was in LA for the duration of my time in Portland.
      a. My timing is AWESOME.
        i. By AWESOME, I mean LAME.
III. I just turned 32.
  A. I spent the day driving home.
    1. The return trip day just kinda happened to fall on my birthday.
  B. Also getting sicker.
    1. Yes, still an idiot.
  C. On the plus side, I usually don't care much about my birthdays.
Current Mood: sicksick

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February 15th, 2008

05:32 pm - Hard Like Heroic

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01:07 pm - linkz n' stuff
Red and I had a nice Valentine's evening, a quick meal at the Arclight's cafe, and a fun movie about fairies. The Spiderwick Chronicles gets a 1. We happened to see the trailer for the new Indianna Jones movie too, it looks good.

You know that I am called The Count, because I really like to...

Also, sometimes people do unusual things and you may think to yourself, this better have some payoff or I'll be annoyed, and when it does, there's always someone who'll take it just a bit further to good effect, sometimes, not so much (really, don't click that one).

But you can take an interesting thing too far, so it's best to keep it simple. Just not too simple, excepting for teh lulz, of course.

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February 7th, 2008

06:07 pm - Rejected
I recently went to interview at another company. I had my doubts they'd be interested in me, but decided to go ahead and take a shot.

The interviews seemed to go pretty well, I felt I'd impressed people and been personable and friendly, and in general felt pretty good about the whole affair. But then I never heard back from anyone for a couple weeks. Till today. I got a standardized "we're not interested" letter from their recruiter.

At first I was annoyed I hadn't heard anything, and had decided to be patient. Now my patience has yielded me an unsatisfying rejection. I have theories as to why they'd not be interested, many of them are perfectly reasonable sort rather than the "oh god, I must suck balls" variety, but it's a bit irksome to not be given any reasons at all, because you still end up with the thought that maybe somehow they actually think you do suck balls.

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February 4th, 2008

12:09 pm
Apparently the Wanted movie is happening after all. It could be fun, but it certainly won't be the comic... I should dig those up and reread them.

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January 31st, 2008

06:25 pm - Today is WTFday
Apparently spreading freedom across the world is working out great for us because An Afghani man was sentenced to death for reading something and our soldiers are more interested in killing themselves than ever.

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January 30th, 2008

01:44 pm - SCIENCE!
Genetics that some might consider... unnatural.

32 megajoules! 32 megajoules! Great Scott!

A guy named Johnny Chung Lee has been doing some very interesting things with the infrared cameras in wiimotes.

And of course, I should remind everyone we're engineering our own doom because someday these things will realize they don't need us anymore.

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January 22nd, 2008

03:28 pm
The economy is a problem
(link stolen from atharan)

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January 18th, 2008

11:58 am - What vacant expression?
Next stop: Personal HUDs

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January 15th, 2008

04:07 pm - Heh
From Ten golden rules of online gaming

7: Everyone is gay:

Before the Internet was invented, gay people were those in society who were attracted physically and emotionally to members of the same gender. Since the Internet, everyone and everything is gay. From the gun they use to kill you, to the voice they use to communicate with you, it is all gay, gay, gay. Lag is gay, snipers are gay, noobs are gay, people from other countries are gay, the countries they come from are gay, the ocean the country is surrounded by is gay, the fish in the ocean are gay, all sealife is gay, life is gay, gays are gay, gay gay gay. Gay.

Using the same one-syllable word to describe everything you don't like might not be an indicator of a varied vocabulary, but who cares? Words are gay.

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12:23 pm
I've always thought we could do better than what we started with. So how long till we start electing to chop off our legs?

Here's a list of 101 free games, of course, you get what you pay for, but your mileage may vary. Or you could do about as well by typing "great flash games" into google.

People continue to do interesting things with carbon nanotubes. This time it's the darkest material known to man. I previously linked about the world's smallest radio receiver being made of carbon nanotubes. It seems we've struck a new frontier of discovery, as they can be applied to many fields. I look forward to welcoming our new carbon nanotube masters.

On the WoW front, I've started decking out my rogue with druid tanking gear. Why? Because there aren't enough tanks in the game. Shaman have talents and once had abilities that pointed towards them possibly tanking, but the itemization wasn't there for them. Rogues have huge dodge and can talent up their parry pretty well, so they've got good avoidance and can gain defense from druid gear. The main problems I foresee are lack of threat and lack of druid armor/health buffing. I know I'm not going to tank heroics or anything, but I'm hoping to make a run at viably tanking a high end instance, if so, maybe I can lobby Blizzard to get more tank specs for other classes.

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January 7th, 2008

11:20 am - knew I missed something...
Also just downloaded and listening to Best of Booty 2006 and 2007, as I still likes the mashups. locatable herein.

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