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I wonder why wearing clothes is so difficult for so many female RPG protagonists...

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:45:26 PM »
This summer banner is one I will be skipping. None of them are my favourites and I don't 'need' any of them for gameplay reasons, so I'll just spend 15 orbs for one full summon and leave it at that. Besides, skipping banners like this make Legendary banners a little more worthwhile, because there will be more units on there that will be new to me.

Back onto the subject of FEH, I don't know what's worse. Noire as done by Rob Leifield or the fact that she's armed with a lovely bunch of coconuts (diddle le dee)

They milked Tharja for all she's worth (though I guess they could stick a fanservicy Rhajat somewhere someday), guess they felt it was time to move on to her daughter.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 19, 2018, 04:36:44 PM »
Discord doesn't really click with me either. I'm in a very different timezone compared to most people here, and it always feels like I'm late to the conversation in chats. The forums feel more laid-back.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:54:21 AM »
Survived another animeconvention, yay.

It was... an event.

I spend the most of the car trip there wedged into leftover space like a tetrimino. Still very grateful for the ride though, because the tram would have been much worse. Start-up was slow, because our team had a bunch of things to do during the hours we had for setting up, including but not limited to being held up at the front entrance by stewards and launching a rescue mission to retrieve the person stuck at the entrance.

Fortunately, we had a really good spot this time. Central isle, well lit, decent neighbours. The opposite of last year, really. We even managed to avoid Beef Jerky Guy. Now, Beef Jerky Guy is not a bad guy, but the flirting is just too much. I managed to dodge the bullet because I don't like meat, but one of my friends - eh, just imagine her as Fire Emblem's Ike but female talktive ("I bake for my friends!"- my friend, probably) - ended up as one of his favourites. She's asexual and if she had to choose, prefers women over men. So, yeah. Atleast we got some free stuff out of it, I guess.

I had two lectures on Friday, the first day. Game Localization drew a really good crowd, both quantity and quality-wise, despite the unpopular timeslot. Fan & Finances didn't do that well, but the few people there really appreciated it and this lecture may have made a real difference.

I found some time to eat, but what I ate - some sort of Japanese style vegan wrap thing - ended up a disappointment. Someone didn't wash the lettuce and I could hear the sand between my teeth. Went back to tell them someone made a mistake. I didn't want to make a big deal of it, but they offered me a free drink before I could walk away. For some reason they talked to me like I was a child. "It's a Japanese drink. You like Japanese drinks, right? I bet you'll like this drink!" I did not like the drink. I was sort of hoping they'd grab the green tea thing from the top shelf, but they ended up opening a Ramune for me. Female Ike ended up drinking it. Later on, I informed two staff members (both friends of mine) as revenge for treating me like a child. That sandy lettuce probably violated a health code regulation or two, so hah.

Saturday was a relatively quiet day. I worked befind our little booth for a while, my shojo manga lecture went well (another good crowd) and I had a fancy crepe with matcha cake, whipped cream, red bean paste and more for lunch. That was too sweet to be filling, so I got an onigiri elsewhere after that. Then back at the booth I just kind of crashed and they sent me outside to get some fresh air. Saw some cool Fire Emblem cosplayers there. I had wanted to talk to 'Takumi', but ended up fangirling over Samurai Flamenco with 'Kaze'. Our conversation was basically just half-sentences ("It becomes all weird..." "... but once you see what they're trying to do..." "... it all comes together!" "The cellphone!" "The feels were real!") and I'm not entirely sure the others could follow what we were talking about. Doubled over coughing for a bit and after that I shared some hard candies from my secret stash. Screw the rules, I have hidden pockets. After wandering outside some more, I returned to the booth refreshed.

Later that day, I:
- Saw Your Name on the big screen. I could have watched it at home, but my TV doesn't do the visuals justice, so it was nice to watch it like this. I'm glad I didn't cry, because that would have looked weird.
- Went to an comic artists panel just to support some friends and acquaintances, but it turned out they didn't really need any filler. It was fun to see some of their old work though.
- Mentioned wanting to check out the Side 7 room and the empty party slots were quickly filled by people who actually did buy things. Despite having a hand in creating a bunch of new Gundam fans, it still feels very lonely, because I'm like 90% series and 10% gunpla and they're all 50-100% gunpla.

Sunday was hectic and went by surprisingly fast for a Sunday. I started the day with an early lecture/quiz, which made it really difficult to keep my mood in check. Not because I don't like doing that particular event, but because the audience was... difficult. I was there as editor-in-chief Tamara, and some of my sorta-fans have, well, learning disabilities among other things. They're young adults, but cognitively they're more like young teenagers. Young teenagers that mistake my approachability for permission to be distruptive. And this was the type of event that was part game, part lecture. One of them had a very difficult time switching between the two and keeping their behaviour and energy-levels appropriate. I know a thing or two about teaching kids and regular young teenagers, but I have next to experience with people with pervasive learning disabilities, not to mention that I wasn't exactly a teacher in this context - I was a convention guest representing another organisation. Honestly, the whole experience made me rethink the concept despite having used it succesfully many times.

There's always such a big variety of people at this conventions. The young girls tend to be my favourite. More often than not, they're just so gosh darn happy to be at an event like this, overwhelmed but enjoying every moment of it. Their awareness of their surroundings makes them very polite. They're very focused on doing things properly. It's cute and, most importantly, hardly ever causes problems. I say hardly, because they can also be very shy. One my friends hosted a casual, low-key cosplay competition and one of the contestants was a 9-year-old girl dressed as Raven from Teen Titans. She froze up on stage and cried through the rest of the compo. Everyone was really supportive and I hope she had a good experience despite the anxiety attack.

Anyway, after the lecture/quiz I rushed to the room across from my current one to turn back into craftswoman Tamara and take charge of the kumihimo workshop. It was a full house, but what's so nice about this workshop is that every the initial rush to get started, people settle down and quietly braid for the remainder of the time. It's relaxing and Sunday morning really is the perfect timeslot for this workshop. I pointed people who were really into it towards the manga library, because I knew they had some mobidai for sale (my workshop is free, so to reduce costs everyone makes their own braiding disc out of cardboard, but a foam disc is obviously a better choice if you want braid more often). Later on, they thanked my 'clone' for sending them to me because they sold out after that after-workshop-rush. We had a good laugh about that, because at this point we just expect this to happen. We do look very similar but our convention schedules are very different, so you rarely see both of us together. It isn't that weird for people who don't know us to think we're the same person.

Somewhere during that day I found time to eat. One of the food court booths had this vegetarian menu set with onigiri, miso soup and edamame. I needed something easy to digest, and that sounded perfect. I found a seat at a practically empty table and yep, the food was perfect. It had this homemade, light but filling feel to it. I must have looked like I really enjoyed eating it, because the guy across from me kept smiling at me without trying to start a conversation.

The remaining time at the booth was filled with fast sales and juicy gossip. One of our members is a staff member of this convention. Actually one of the most powerful people there. She is also extremely sweet and easily stressed out. She came sit with us for 10-15 minutes here and there to hide from dumb stuff, eat and vent. Earlier that weekend she'd bought one of my pineapple keychains as a joke gift for one of her colleagues. It was not appreciated. That's when I learned pineapple was one of their codewords that year and when my friend had tried to get her colleague's attention with a "Hey, I've got a pineapple for you!", said colleague exploded. She had been so on edge and devoid of a sense of humour (it's rumoured it was murdered and buried in woods years ago), that despite the context and presentation of the pineapple, she assumed it was a real emergency for a second and started yelling at my friend. Someone is never ever getting another cute crocheted keychain.

Eventually, Sunday ended and I tetrised myself back into my friends' car. That was yesterday. I'm still tired, so I'm glad I more or less have today and tomorrow off.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 09, 2018, 04:08:18 PM »
Hey, if you land the right jobs, you can be a Jedi, a wizard and more!

Speaking of the elderly (j/k), I introduced my parents to Netflix. My account had an open spot and they'd been interested in it for a while now, but had no idea how to set it up. Hardest part was finding hardware for the app. Their PC is in the attic and there's no infrastructure to turn it into a media centre, their tablets and smartphones are too weak for proper streaming, they don't have a smart-TV, and their TV provider doesn't support the app (yet). I ended up setting up my Wii U for them. I can miss it for a few months. If they want to keep Netflix, I'll figure out a more permanent solution. Maybe I'll buy them a cheap used PS3. They don't have a Blu-Ray (or even DVD) player yet, so that would kill multiple birds with one stone.

My dad was really happy. He let my mom pick the first movie, but it was obvious he's looking forward to watching a whole bunch of scifi. He loves the genre, but there's not much of it on regular TV and his English is too limited to watch things with English subtitles. He rarely gets to unlock his true geek potential. Netflix should keep him busy for a while.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: June 01, 2018, 01:23:01 AM »
It's okay. We aren't fans of Russia anyway. MH17 and all that...

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:38:46 PM »

Anyway, I woke up yesterday at 2:20 am, drove myself to the ER around 3:00, and was mostly okay by 5:30.  Then I waited for two-and-a-half hours to be discharged.  I got to work by 9:30, but didn't get much done.  Four hours of sleep isn't enough for a job that expects you to think.

I sound... weirdly efficient? I'm glad you're okay.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: May 22, 2018, 02:11:24 PM »
Lucky me got a Brinian (is that what we're calling her?) from the first blue orb I spotted and I already love her so, so much, because now I get to pair her up with LA!Eliwood and it'll be sooooooo cute! I'm also looking forward to Tuxedo Marth. He'll be paired up with my B!Caeda I accidently got from some Legendary Banner. She's -atk and utterly useless, but they're going to look super cute together so whatever.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:37:37 AM »
I'm sure Snacky is there to satisfy a cuteness quotient and definitely not for the lolicon audience.

Let's go with that theory for our own sanity's sake.

In any case, I don't know yet if I want to pull. I don't want or need that Tharja and Sanaki is a 'Just. No.' for me, but that Ninian would make my VA!Eliwood and atleast two of my teams very happy.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:40:16 AM »
Normally I'd be all over a Thracia banner, but I think I'm going to skip this one. I already have characters in the same or atleast very similar niches (including a fully built +spd Linde), and while these may be slightly better, my current ones are doing a good job as they are.

As for refines, they didn't really mention it anywhere as far as I know, but Sealed Falchion is now available to the other Awakening Falchion wielders. My suicidal +spd Lucina likes her new sword very much.

(man remember when Tomara was desperately struggling to pull him and took literal months? those were the days).

My sister took less time to concieve and give birth to a child than it took me to pull a gacha character...

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 30, 2018, 04:48:10 PM »
What I've learned the past few years is that young/old is just a matter of context. Like, when its comes to anime conventions and such, I'm definitely one of the veterans in the crowd. I'm at this point now where am chaperoning younger the fans in the family. Kinda feels like I've been upgraded from regular game hero to a parental-feels game hero (but all the zombies are just people in costumes). Or, if I don't have one of them with me - that token older party member that's actually still in their thirties.

But at the guild I'm the youngest of the active archers. The other active ones are mostly age 40-55. Our part of the building has a little bar and we spend half of the practice evening there talking. One of my favourite drinking buddies (well, I can't hold my liquor, so the others do most of the drinking) is a pig farmer who is in his 60s. Drinking with middle aged men is a big part of my social life nowadays for some reason.

And then there's all the times people get my age severely wrong. The last time I was carded, I was almost 30. Or, how about this one: a couple of weeks ago one of those Microsoft scammers called me. I figured I should waste their time for bit to protect the less computer savvy. So I spin this whole tale about having multiple computers and since mr. scammer says they're all infected, I insist on started on the oldest one. We'll just have to wait a minute or two for it to boot. Also, the keyboard is so old, there's no Windows button on it, sorry for messing up that script. I kept bullshitting for a while and eventually he's like: "Ma'am, I have to ask you. Are you 18 or older?" I answer truthfully - the only time I was honest in the entire conversation. And the scammer is like: "Miss, this isn't going to work. I can't help you if you're under 18."

Anyway, I'm basically a 'technically an adult' who wears children's clothes and has a bunch of middle-aged drinking buddies. That worries me more than my actual age.

I hit a rough patch a few months back.  The whole depression/anxiety thing compounded with work-related stress started to have significant physical side effects, and although desperation isn't in my repertoire, the situation became a bit much to deal with.

I ended up asking for help throwing myself on the mercy of the system.  I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, with some OCD on the side.

I don't think any of the personnel involved understood exactly how bad it was--I'm really good at concealing my internal state--but I guess that doesn't matter.  I got myself a prescription for happy pills and a few sessions with a psychologist, and I'm feeling better.  Better than I have in years.

Now just because I've had a couple good weeks doesn't mean I'm out of the quicksand.  But y'know?  I think this might turn out okay.

From my experience, just having your problems acknowledged and having some sort of plan for dealing with them removes a lot of pressure, because then you can actually get somewhere. However, making that step is weirdly enough the hardest part. So, yay for you! I hope you'll see more improvements soon.

On the downside, the meditation exercises haven't given me any superpowers yet.

I'm terrible at meditation. I can do the whole 'emptying the mind' part (and there are EEGs to prove it), but after that all the 'not calm' comes crashing down again. Fortunately, I've found some 'reset buttons' that work a lot better for me, like a few games of fast-paced Tetris or a hot shower. So, uh, don't worry if typical meditation fails at more than just superpower-distribution. There are other methods to achieve an atleast similar effect.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: April 27, 2018, 02:48:48 AM »
No... not another Lyn alt... Atleast wait atleast 6+ months before introducing a new one, IntSys...

I wanted Alm. Or Marth, he deserves it. Heck, Eliwood would have been more fair. (And pure fanservice for me would have been a green bow Kinshi Knight Takumi.)

She does look like a good unit though. She'll have good synergy with some of the people on my current Wind team (if I manage to get one).

Anyway, my current haves list for the upcoming Legendary Banner:

Red: 2/3
Green: 1/3
Colourless: 3/3
Blue: 0/3

Not ideal, so I'll probably throw ~50 orbs at green and blue, and call it a day.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 12, 2018, 04:21:30 PM »
We just shot a little promotional movie for an upcoming guild event to recruit new members, and it's basically a few of us doing our thing badly on purpose as a friendly challenge to newcomers. "Think you can do better? Come visit blablabla." Since people find me weirdly approachable (I can walk around with my half-asleep zombie gaze and headphones, and strangers will still aproach me to tell me all about how the government is conspiring against them), I agreed to fuck up some archery. I hadn't shot barebow in ages, so I grabbed the lightest training bow we had and... actually did pretty okay during my warm-up shots. Not good. So then I just kinda stopped aiming and did worse. The plan was to do the third and final arrow a couple of times to get the best worst shot.

That's when everything went perfect/absolutely wrong. I haven't been sleeping well the past couple of weeks. I was tired, I had an headache and I just wanted to be done. Muscle memory took over and I fired. Great, right? Except that muscle memory is relevant to my own bow, which weighs like 2,5kg with stabilisation on it and has a draw weight of ~28 pounds. This was a piece of wood with a string we give to grannies. I overshot the target, the arrow bounced off the wall and with a giggly non-vocal 'oh shit' I turned towards the camera and said my lines and I said them well.

The persoon shooting the little promo was very happy with the result. If the other archers see this, and they will, I won't be able to live this down for a long time.

I do not know how to feel about this.

I'm probably going to lose some more sleep.


General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:55:08 AM »
There's a recently abandoned Subway restaurant near my apartment. I walk by it on the way home. Almost every single day for the last two weeks or so, there's been this goose standing outside, staring in through the glass front door. Not even acting aggressive or defending something. Just... staring.

Aw, it's the Hachi of Subway!

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: April 02, 2018, 02:34:20 AM »
Went to another convention this weekend, but this one was held in large exhibition halls and focused more on western popculture. It was the first time acting a sales person for the magazine, and it was hard. The sound management throughout the hall was bad, and even back in one of the  vendor areas I was overwhelmed by the amount of sound coming from the event areas. It made it very hard to hear what people were saying.

I want to say the scale of it all was amazing, but frankly, I prefer the more cozy conventions. For instance, I wanted to say hello to some people I know or even work(ed) with, but several of them were locked behind tight signing schedules - tickets available at the counter. These things are less fun when friends are DLC.

I haven't even gotten to the worst thing yet: my own fuck-ups. My facial recognition software is bad. Not 'what are black people?' bad, indiscriminately bad. Usually this is not much of a problem, because contexts and an eye for details give me enough to work with before I get caught being an inconsiderate dumbass. That was not the case this weekend. For what it's worth, I hadn't seen my former editor-in-chief in nearly five years and back in the good old days, I was a freelancer that barely saw the inside of the main office. That said, I'm still going to beat myself up for this for the next decade or two.

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