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( Apr. 2nd, 2011 02:45 pm)
Yesterday was my last day as a daily office worker, and I've been given the components to work from home from now on. As Frank put it, "One step closer to avoiding any human interaction at all!" Interestingly, I never minded actually working from the cubical, but the cost of gas, the instances of being late, and the unhealthy food are all things of the past, now. Basically, I'm going to save a ridiculous amount of money just from gas alone - about 50 dollars a week.

So, that's nice.

Yesterday, I posted this which is just a listing of stuff that I'm doing or have done. It's really nothing special, but if you like Zelda and the d20 system a whole lot, Violet and I wrote up a setting document complete with formatting and even converted it to pdf at one point.

blah blah blah. Anyhow.
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( Apr. 1st, 2011 08:27 am)
I'm going into this weekend totally fried. It seems like my penchant for bizarre, if compelling and fairly nightmarish dreams has made a resurgence, as well as people in my living room until past 4 AM, and phone calls at 6 from people I don't know and have never met. 

Other then that, life's fine. I realize that I've got a couple of projects on various temperature burners right now, and even when I'm done with those, I rarely make them available to others which is kind of a shit resolution, if you ask me. I've been thinking of a good way to fix that, and I think I've got a solution, so I guess I'll keep you posted if that's the kind of thing you're interested in.
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( Jan. 26th, 2010 02:45 pm)
Frank asked me what the odds of me running Changeling where. I assumed they were 100%, given enough time.
baronsamedi introduced me to numbers stations in a roundabout way, first through, then through LJ itself. He may be disappointed to realize that, more then any other game, it provided me with inspiration for Mage: the Awakening, but it doesn't have to be that way. Instead, I'm readjusting my focus. I can easily map to a Changeling headspace. makes me think of nothing except the sweet, sweet Abyss, ala Mage. Clicking those is up to you. They pressed several of my creepy buttons at once, so it's up to you. There's no shock or surprise. Nothing terrible happens. If you don't like it, you can close the browser, and they probably won't follow you out.

My apartment is coming together well. Futon is still broke. As soon as the dumpster is emptied, I can get rid of a lot of childhood stuff that I was never really a big fan of, but were gifts. I was hard to shop for as a kid, too.
Caveat.  I like Thanksgiving. You hang out, you eat and drink. That's a good holiday. If you've got some extra time, you can even reflect on your situation and what you're thankful for. So, all in all, not a bad deal.

I feel a little differently about Black Friday. Now, I'm going to be gaming on Friday. The day itself is a perfectly fine one, and I will spend it drinking coffee or soda and storytelling Exalted. On the other hand, as being perhaps the single top shopping day in the year, I do not like the spectacle at all. You may, perhaps, blame this on me working retail and not being a big fan of consumerism in the first place. You don't sound surprised to hear that! Imagine that.

If you really want to eat Thanksgiving dinner early and camp out immediately after at the biggest big-box store you can find to save money on a laptop you may or may not get, be my guest, because there was no way for me to stop you when I worked at Circuit City and if possible, there's even less of a way for me to stop you now. The time one spends in line is equal, in some ways, to actually working ie. you are spending time, but money is just time you are compensated for. In this way, you can imagine that wherever you are waiting, you are being compensated by the store in the form of the amount you save on the amassed product you aquire. Early on in the day, stores hemmorage money only to recover it later on the day when non-sale items or non-redline products are purchased.

Little of this matters to the people who actually get the 300 dollar laptop. I just know it's not going to be me, because I'm going to enjoy my Thanksgiving, sleep in on Friday, and play games all day when I get up. I'd rather do that then have an Ipod, but I guess that's why I don't have a lot of stuff. Not that it matters though, because I'm actually pleased with how I spend my time these days. If I wanted it bad enough, I'd just order it to be delivered online.

Black Friday consumerism annoys me, because it makes workers lives hard (many have to work rediculous holiday hours for no additional compensation) and people are rude or antagonisitc to them when they don't get the stuff they feel entitled over (re: cheap product - this stuff goes remarkably fast). It's indicative of a holiday season that becomes a war zone in order to get crap you don't need, but whatever. I can enjoy my holidays by ignoring that and concentrating on things I like.

It's already been kind of an eventful morning.

I've been deep in thought the last few days, and I spent my time playing video games and reading. No stress, just recreation. It was good and I feel good about it.

Spam fried rice isn't as bad as it sounds, but it's not good either.

"A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible" is an awesome webcomic. You know, that name is also how I feel about things, and I also think, "Well, that's ok. That's just how things are."

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( Nov. 12th, 2008 09:35 pm)
William Gibson stopped blogging while he was writing and as far as I know, just incorporated everything he wanted to get out into his pop-culture heavy books. While I should probably take his cue, I'm just going to lay a few interesting things I've found out there tonight. With any luck, I won't feel as obligated to write tomorrow morning, and I'll continue to work on the novel.

First, my friend Matt shared something pretty interesting with me today.
You're probably not surprised to discover that much of the loan business is based off what are basically just lies. That link is long, but it's not that long, so if you're interested in the rate crises that's a'brewin', then read up.

Second, I found this linked off a discussion of another interesting phenom, but here's an article on Japan's new convenience stores:
I'm simultantiously reminded of Gibson's Lucky Dragon (which provides basically what you need, where you need it). I'm wondering how long it'll be until the 'general store' ethos kind of hits back, and a conveyor belt of tiny stores are created to facilitate needs. My guess is the more gas prices go up, the more likely it becomes as areas end up restructured to a neighborhood level over a period of time. Gas prices are dropping a lot now, but it's really only a matter of time before they go up again.

Likewise, does anyone know why prices have dropped so much? Is it linked to the economy?

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( Nov. 11th, 2008 07:03 am)
First of all, Wuthering Heights RPG:
Like I posted on my xanga, I would totally play this. As a free bonus, it neither uses a hack of AD&D or d20; as far as I can tell, it is its own simple, contained system.

I remember posting the day before about not having bought a bed, yet. Last night I broke down and did so, and while I could have gotten a cool low-framed bed I just went for the mattress and decided I'd pick up a tatami mat later on for back support.  It wasn't too expensive, they'll ship it out to me, and that shipping is free.

You heard about the coffee maker. I took it for a spin (no chance to use the grinder, all my coffee is currently pre-ground) and made three cups. There's no doubt that french press coffee is stronger tasting, but I surprisingly missed filling the coffee maker, the carafe, and flipping the switch. I've had evening coffee lately, and it's never had quite the same effect. I had some startlingly strange dreams last night, and they were about twice as prolific as usual. It could be just a fluke, but it wouldn't be the first time that caffine has amped up my dream time. In college, I dreamt up a game system with an almost complete set of rules, but I suspect that was a special case. Up until 4 working on papers, drinking coffee since midnight and then sleeping until 8 isn't conductive to sound sleeping.


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