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In brief: At my goal weight, I'm working on a Ph.D in CS, and I've been married for 31 hours as of this post. Life is good.

Pictures of at least one of these things to follow.
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I just found out that Brian Jacques died this past weekend.

I have a bit of a history with the Redwall books. I can't recall when I started reading them, though I'd lay odds on it being in the 90s. Started with Mossflower - which remains my favorite of the lot - and went on from there.

I haven't read any of the later books; I drifted away from the series some years back. Still, they left their mark on me. Back in...'98, '99? My brothers and I played a lot of Myth online, and I wound up quoting one of the Dibbuns' songs in teamchat. This led to joining an in-game Redwall-fans clan. Usernames were easy to tweak in those days, and I bounced between a few Redwall-themed names before settling on one.

'Gullwhacker'.

I've been using it since before I met any of you who read this journal, and I figure I'll keep on using it. So...though I haven't read the Redwall books in a while, they're a part of my history.

Brian Jacques, you will be missed.
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So, ignoring a meme or two, I haven't posted in a while. I figure I might as well dust this thing off. No formatting as I forget most of the codes. So, what's new in Gullwhacker's life?

1. I'm engaged. [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_chan and I had been dating for seven years the night we went to see Spamalot, and I stopped us on the way home to ask her. She said yes, incidentally. The ceremony will probably be in a year and a half or so.

2. I'm working on a Ph.D. I don't believe I've mentioned that here - I presented my thesis proposal a week ago, and now I get to work out means of commanding space, time, and data. Should be interesting.

3. RPGs! I'm nominally in one, though getting the players together has proven difficult. Triumph, which went unmentioned here because I was too busy playing it, came to an end two months or so ago. A premature end due to lack of a GM team, but it was a good run. Better than the PTC, I'd say. Beyond that, I'm toying with a few game ideas, but I'm terrible at organization of groups. My old fallback of 'find a time that everyone I know can make' doesn't really work any more.

4. Anime-wise, I've broadened my horizons a bit. Angel Beats, To Aru Majutsu no Index, Dennou Coil, Umineko no Naku Koro ni... A fair bit of variety, and that's just the newer series. Suffice to say, I've found a fair number of interesting things.


In general, at the moment, life is good. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.
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So, I should actually do a life update some time. Next post. This is just to get me writing something at all.

Blame [livejournal.com profile] starswing for this.

Reply with "JONAAAAAAS" and I'll give you four fandoms. You then have to make an entry writing about your favorite character from each fandom, and why.

My choices within. )

So, post if you want me to tag you.
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Another November gone, and I've finished roughly where I did last year - top 5% by my estimate.


Details follow. )

Any NetHack questions? Ask away.
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Not much - I have a lot to talk about, but I've been putting it off.

So! A meme to get me posting again.

Name a fandom and I'll tell you
- three pairings I love,
- two pairings I consider shipping,
- and one pairing I hate
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So, the yearly NetHack Tournament is over.

I managed to pull off one last ascension, in the end - Human Healer. They have possibly the most high-powered quest - Dragons everywhere, a somewhat dangerous nemesis, and then a quest reward that I see as one of the game's ultimate weapons.

This led to me killing dragons with a stick.

My most heavily armored ascender to date - I was hitting AC -32 by Astral. Found the right altar on the first try, pausing only to beat Death into the ground.

Healers may seem weak, but get them going, and you get someone like Dr. House, Black Jack, or Bleach's Captain Unohana. Don't mess with 'em.

So, I'm done NetHack for a while. Pulled off my goals in the tournament - an ascension of each alignment, and all four bonus challenges. I think, adding up the people who did as well as me or better, that I was in the top 5%. Not a bad month.

And now, all that's left are the last few classes, exams, a paper, and taking the train home for Christmas. Oh, and getting Greyhawk kickstarted...
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Another triumph. Pulled it off in 24 hours, including breaks.

Thoughts brief this time. Teleport control is nice, mind flayers are not - I've got enough genoless games, they burn along with Liches next run - and some humble wands are surprisingly useful.

It was a valkyrie run. Not much to say, really. Except I never did find or wish up gauntlets of power - I kept putting it off, and didn't remember until I was done...

Also, I need better luck in picking altars to check.
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So, I've completed the four challenges, and earned the Dilithium Star for one ascension.

The remaining challenges were easy and difficult, respectively. Pac-man - a moment of silence for the four ghosts. They met an Elven archer with a quiver full of blessed arrows.

The fourth challenge, the Unknown Challenge, I'll hold off describing until the tournament's over. Spoilers and all that. I will say that victory involved fewer explosions than expected, and I'm just glad I never ran afoul of FTP.

Never said the fourth challenge made sense.

Cohen would be proud. )

So, open question. My next ascension, what role should I shoot for? The ones I haven't ascended are Archaeologist, Caveman, Priest, Rogue, Ranger, Healer (I'm not this crazy, though), Monk, and Knight...
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Right. Go ahead and skip this, if you're not interested.

So. Every year, in November, the dev/null network holds a NetHack tournament. This is done with a single player game by having various goals as the target.

Personally, I'm pretty certain I have no hope of winning. But hey, it's still fun. When not frustrating.

Beyond the normal game, there's a bunch of challenges. Four this year - I've found three, and completed two of them. The first was simple enough - a few tasks in Kingdom of Loathing, to unlock use of Elbereth. (For people not playing the game or relatively confused, Elbereth is a name from Tolkien - written down, it will scare almost any monster. Almost.)

The second just gave a bit of a Zork invasion. Normally, NetHack has dark rooms. You can't see what's going on. Troublesome, but not too dangerous. But with this challenge...

"It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a Grue."

I'm not sure how many tries it took me to find that bloody device, but I finally shut it down. Challenge 2, complete. Next up: PacMan. I am not making this up.
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So, I have a new computer. White MacBook - I looked at the new models, and decided to pass on them in a fit of grumpiness. Got the AppleCare this time, so if it explodes in the next three years I'll be under warranty.

Grumble. Still kicking myself.

In other news, I've been reading Discworld books. Lots of Discworld books. A thought struck me the other day, and any fellow Pratchett fans are welcome to weigh in on it:

Sam Vimes is Discworld's Chuck Norris.

I can come up with a list of facts easily. Sam Vimes arrested a dragon. Sam Vimes arrested an army. There's a rightful heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork, but to claim it, he'd have to tell Sam Vimes why he was quitting the Watch. Sam Vimes doesn't have near-death experiences - Death has near-Vimes experiences.

And so far, every single one of those is canon.

He doesn't /need/ a roundhouse kick.
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As those friends I see in IRC or some other chat might have surmised, my computer is dead. Took it in to the repair shop yesterday, and the verdict is: kaput. Mainboard dead.

This is, as one might surmise, rather annoying.

So, I'm looking at paying the cost of a new computer to fix it, or, well, getting a new computer. Dangit, I should've gotten applecare - I decide not to /one time/, and this happens...

Sigh. Was hoping for a cheerier return to posting, honestly.
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If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.

(Right, I'll actually post something...later.)
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So, as some people may know, I play NetHack. Finished a game on alt.org earlier, and ascended. Dumplog here, a few thoughts on the run under the cut.

Geekery over an ASCII game hidden here. )

In other news, I've been watching Slayers Revolution and Avatar lately. The Avatar finale...I think I described it at the time as 'a constant stream of Crowning Moments of Awesome, and that's all I have to say on that subject.

As for Slayers Revolution - I'm enjoying it, a lot. And the ending is stuck in my head, now that I think of it.

Post about other elements of life later; I'm just on a geek high at the moment is all. *grin*
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Currently reading the Naruto and Bleach chapters to see if either have any hope. Signs not good.

One Piece - looked at the latest few chapters, one of the better shounen series available it seems. I've started reading from the beginning. You don't want to know how many chapters I read in a row.

Eyeshield 21 - still going strong, nearing the endgame. Also, loved the latest chapter for many reasons, but one stands out in particular.

To everyone who was in the ES21 RP way back when - Darth Yukimitsu is officially canon. Ya-ha~

So, yeah. Varies. I find I tend to appreciate novel-based anime more, anyway...
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Remember the idea from a couple of days ago - Take Kingdom Hearts, except change it to be Tales-style, rather than FF-style? This is similar.

Again, an alternate Kingdom Hearts. The whole 'heart' theme might change, maybe not. This time, we keep the FF influences in there.

This time, we replace the Disney influences.

Replace them with the assorted works of Jim Henson.


Search your feelings, you know it to be true. King Kermit, wielding a Keyblade, would be awesome. *grin*

Besides, as Oldrik said, Labyrinth is made to be a KH world.
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Yes, I'm writing again. I had to do something to try to match [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_chan's AMV, and this is it. A scene from a hypothetical Kingdom Hearts style universe where the primary influence was Tales, not Final Fantasy.



A battle going badly... )
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So. In the midst of talking about everything and nothing, a strange setting idea came up. Basically, take a Kingdom Hearts type setting - multiple worlds, influences from Final Fantasy games...

Except, because I'm more of a fan of [i]that[/i] series, make the primary influence the Tales games. Disney stuff might or might not remain, but I can easily imagine things like the prime inter-world ship mechanic being Aifread instead of Cid. Or something along those lines.

This is, of course, heavily inspired by Andrew Joshua Talon's 'Key Through The Heart' fanfic - a Naruto/KH crossover done surprisingly well. On The Fanfiction Forums, he has a thread or two going, where he takes up prompts or character requests and writes a scene or fact from this new universe in response. Crossover elements have become a little insane, but it's all in good fun.

And it featured Canon Sasuke getting his clock cleaned at one point. Always good.

So! As part of this silly rambling I'm doing, I'll take requests. Name some character or situation that might crop up in a Tales equivalent to the Kingdom Hearts universe, and I'll write a thing or three for them.

And for no good reason, there will be cake.

http://muu-cow.deviantart.com/art/Portal-CAKE-74261003
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I'm done I'm done I'm DONE. Exams done for the semester. No more marking! No more assignments! No more tests!

I can go HOME!

Yeah, don't mind me, I'll just be cackling in the corner.
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A quick quiz. )

Hands up anyone who didn't see that coming.
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