The Sweetest Thing
2005-11-29 01:24:50 ET

So, today wasn't particularly noteworthy. I spent most of the morning chasing after the little one and cleaning the house, and then headed off to class a bit late as usual. When I got there, I unloaded the MPV and handed the mini-fiend off to Dad--Medea (my car, for those unaware of my tendency to name inanimate objects) is going in for repairs this morning, so the MPV is the vehicle of choice till she's fixed.

After heading upstairs to the AC lab, I was lucky enough to have Adam walk me over to the IM lab because I'm still not feeling so well today. A minor coughing fit (See: Leeloo Understatement) had Claw up and running out to me, and the changing of the guard commenced. At 6:25 we headed off for our respective classes, and I discovered that US History was cancelled...

...Well, only after sitting in the room like an idiot for about 20 minutes. But still, a cancelled class is a good class. Headed back down to the IM lab and managed to entice a few people into Quake 4, at which I tend to least until I remembered how to use the scope.

Wee-heee, snipers. It's just as much fun in games as it was with the Army sims they showed us at the recruiters: something about seeing through a scope, having a bead on someone and knowing they can't see you in return, is phenomenal. Line up the shot, fire, crimson mist. The best part is that it can also be a tactical disadvantage--rely on your scope too much, and you'll forget to watch your back. If people know how to play against that handicap, it can build a phenomenal game. On top of all this, at the end of the evening I got to play both against and on a team with Claw, which was fun. He's pretty skilled, and it's always interesting to watch him play.

By far the highlight of the evening, however, was getting coffee with him afterward. It was, as usual, a great time to chat and to smile, happy and warm in the confines of the local Starbucks. I can't begin to explain how much his demeanor has changed lately. He tells me how much he loves me all the time, and it leaves me feeling so safe and warm, as though I can do great things.

And tonight, I did. As I waited for the train at the Jackson stop, preparing to go home, I braced myself for the usual melancholia that tends to go with train tracks. I stood there, listening to music, for 10 minutes until the train came, and I could see its headlights down the tunnel.

As it pulled in to the station, a wave of realization hit me: today was the first day I haven't had the urge to take that last step.

hell. fucking. yeah.

2005-11-29 07:23:18 ET

Now that's just all kinds of good! Happiness is something that should be kept in a bucket, nice and warm and sloshy.

And I'm one of those people that always gets thwacked when they're lost in a scope! 'Cept it was always UT games for me.

2005-11-29 16:32:29 ET

Agreed. It would be an incredibly happy little bucket indeed.

And what games were you into, out of curiosity?

2005-11-29 20:16:57 ET

List time!

Avernum 1, 2, and 3, as well as Blades of Avernum
Geneforge 1, 2, and 3
Escape Velocity: Nova
Spectre Challenger, Spectre VR
Baldur's Gate, Tales of the Sword Coast, Shadows of Amn, Throne of Bhaal
Beyond Good and Evil
Summoner 1 & 2
Unreal Tournament, Unreal 2
Diablo 1 & 2, as well as Lord of Destruction
Rune & Halls of Valhalla
Descent 1, 2, & 3
Icewind Dale
.HACK 1 & 4
Robotech Invasion
Final Fantasy X


My favourites were the Avernum and Geneforge trilogies, the Baldur's Gate saga, and EV:N. Right now I'm playing Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within, and Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction.

Sounds like I've got a real life going, eh? I'm not so bad as all that.

2005-12-01 03:57:12 ET

Oh dear LORD you have good taste!

We likessss you.

Personally, I thought Beyond Good and Evil was WAY better than it was given press for, FFX entrapped me with the evils of blitzball, and let's not even get into Baldur's Gate, as I am incredibly OCD and had to play the many versions of it far too many times.

I will admit that .HACK still has me mystified, however.

2005-12-01 07:47:21 ET

I get annoyed with .HACK 'cause I don't like doing many, many repetetive battles to get virus cores.

Baldur's Gate... ohh, it nearly killed me. A month and a half with two hours sleep per night average.

On the bright side, my monk was doing 100+ on a critical hit.

...I used an editor to make a character of Bodhi that I could play, and then went on multiplayer and confounded everyone else by SLAUGHTERING them.

Mostly 'cause I doubled her level.

By the ability growth rate in that game, a level 50 vampire drains 10 levels per hit. I didn't think it was neccesary to cap it at 5. 'Splode!

2005-12-01 15:32:08 ET

Yeah,I have an as-yet untouched copy sitting in my room for my PS2...I shall get around to it eventually, since I hear that I will mystically be able to understand the series then. Somehow, I don't see this happening.

Agreed on the Baldur's Gate, though I was all about archer-elf-rogues. "Rogue" character type just seems to be the strong point for me...sneak in, maim, steal, kill, sneak out. w00t. I think it's like sniping for hack n' slash realms.

...Also: officially think you are teh secks for doing so. Does she still transform into a bat, or is it just the basic form? (that must have been so much fun!)

2005-12-01 18:49:45 ET

No bats, although once I attacked a cleric and they started turning. Bodhi went 'splode!

My favourites were the monk and the fighter/mage/thief. The f/m/t combo is pretty deadly; you can backstab, then cast invisibility and backstab again and again and again. Toss on a cloak of nondetection and POW, you're the best. The monk... well, that was just tough. It gets exponentially stronger, you know? I can't imagine the horrors of playing a level 1 monk solo. You'd only hit on criticals! And you'd be slow and have a terrible AC. Sigh.

Have you played Escape Velocity: Nova? 'Cause if you haven't, you SHOULD!

S'a little bit like freelancer, what with the commerce and bounty hunting and all, but then you can build fleets and the story is better. Capturing enemy ships R fun.

Eeek, I got paint on my nose!

2005-12-02 22:52:47 ET

YAY, and 'splodey fun.

The f/m/t is fab. Monk? not so much for me. I likes to be able to wreak much havoc, thanks.

And no, no I haven't. But now I wants to...Ever play skies of Arcadia? It's a console thing, originally Dreamcast, now Gamecube. We loves it.

Also: nose painting? And I'm not invited? Waaahhh! T_T

Seriously, why paint on the nose, cute as the "eek" was?

2005-12-03 08:32:54 ET

I love the 'splode cows in Tristram with Diablo 2.

I made the monk pretty havoc-y. High stealth, and all the powers of a high level fighter? Plus the best THACO, attack speed, and damage in the group? ALL WILL 'SPLODE 'FORE ME!

Aaaand nope, I haven't played Skies of Arcadia.

An' there was paint on my nose because I was messing about with some paint :P I got a bit on my finger, and then scratched the end of my nose, and guess where the paint ended up?

2005-12-03 11:12:44 ET

'Splodey cows! w00t!

And that's cool, very very cool. My friend is trying to get me into CoV, and his character uses a similar concept: stealthy, lots of power, and ...well, he's like 4' tall and girly-looking, so all the folk come to try and injure him.

(also: you are terrifyingly cute while declaring the destruction of those before you. This is either bad for your supervillain image, or an incredibly good tactic to put us off our guard.)

And what color nosey did you end up with?

2005-12-03 21:52:34 ET

Black. I was being cliche and painting designs on skulls. I do things like that when I've been looking at rk post illustrations.

Heheeeee... I gots to chop up SQUID at work today.

2005-12-04 18:03:12 ET

Oooooh, whyfor does you chop up cephalopoda? Are they gonna be fried calamari? Ika zushi?


Not to mention tentacles.

Wait, we're still talking about food, right? *innocent face*

2005-12-05 22:35:32 ET

Calamari! Nothing equates yum like being boiled in grease.

And you know as well as I do that tentacles came about as an evolutionary response to schoolgirls.

2005-12-06 19:19:40 ET

...okay. I officially love you and shall have to worship you!

Okay, I'm done. But yes,yes I do. And of course they are all phallic shaped...which makes calamari so much more interesting...especially in public. >.<

2005-12-06 22:53:30 ET


You're not half bad.

2005-12-08 16:23:28 ET


I'm actually only about 33.3% bad.

The rest is chaotic neutral.

2005-12-08 16:50:28 ET

Chaotic neutral? You just get better and better.

2005-12-08 22:31:10 ET

Go me!

I am a calamari-porn loving gamer geek.


If only I could put it on a resume.

2005-12-09 10:46:56 ET

Don't forget, you scare middle-aged women too. I'm sure someone would consider that an asset.

2005-12-09 16:49:27 ET

Well, ~I~ do, for one. And I could also probably be used as security, I don't know. Where do middle aged-women get uppity...ummmm...After-Thanksgiving sales and soccer meets?

2005-12-09 18:53:15 ET

Guard the swiffer stock at Wal-Mart. Or corral them at a Nickelback concert. I don't know *what* it is about middle aged women and Nickelback.

2005-12-09 22:38:27 ET


I don't really know what it is with many people and Nickelback. It worried me that I heard their newest song and I didn't realize it was new until it was too late...

Nonetheless, hordes of middle-aged women at a Nickelback concert might be amusing to watch. Someone start a circle pit!

2005-12-10 10:29:31 ET

Mmmnumnum... I's eating homemade granola.

I ran into a bit where they played two Nickelback songs, an old one and a new one, at the same time, and they were very nearly identical, save different lyrics and a few misplaced drum riffs.

2005-12-12 04:38:00 ET

Ooooh, granola! <3

Now I want some...T_T

And yes, they tend to be...I often wonder if they even bother to write them anymore, or if one of them just plugs a general angst-theme into a computer and it twiddles the five chords into a song...^ ^

2005-12-12 19:11:19 ET

Perhaps we should just make them all into meatloaf.

2005-12-13 14:25:06 ET long as it's the foodstuff and not the aging musician, I'm all for it.

2005-12-13 14:53:32 ET

Foodstuff. With a little bit of parsley sprinkled on top.

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