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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:34:44 PM »
The new season doesn't have much for me, atleast not conveniently available, so I'm only following Sarazanmai, Mix, Dororo and Shield Hero (I'm not even sure why!). To fill that gap, I'm rewatching Gundam 00. Again. I think it's only been two years since the last time? In any case, I wanted some comfort food and for some reason I picked the series that's going to make me cry. Okay, I confess, I know very well why I picked it. I wanted to watch something with relatable characters, so of course I go with the series featuring a four-eyes in a fugly cardigan who keeps complaining the people around him are unfit for their jobs. And yes, I'm self-aware enough to realise there is nothing constructive about this. (In my defence, the person I complain about is actually unfit for her job and we'd be better off if she realised this. And though also of questionable style, my cardigans and sweaters are cuter, even the ugly pink one!)

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:43:46 AM »
A -atk hungover Corrin is what I got out of it, but hey, could be worse!

As for things that are up: definitely not my mood. A boss of mine went a little nuts. It's just so frustrating to see her try and reject reality in order to replace it with her own. "We should change the definition of legal a bit; it'd be more convenient for is" is the kind of nonsense she says. People are calling her Trump behind her back now, so... yeah. Fun times. She has always been terrible to work with because she refuses to communicate (we're just supposed to read her mind or something, I dunno) and is terrible at keeping promises, which has caused a lot of problems and stress. Instead of taking responsibility for basically being terrible at what's supposed to be her job, she's trying to kick me down instead because I grew tired of her bullshit ages ago, and it'd be so very convenient if she could save face and get rid of me at the same time. She even tried to fire me (didn't technically have the power to do so, so whatever), and honestly, maybe I should have quit back then. She claimed she'd take over all my duties (right after claiming she didn't have time to do her own job), and maybe I should have just let her and let everything crash and burn.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: May 09, 2019, 08:54:01 AM »
Don't worry, I'm still here. Just have a lot of shit going on right now and didn't feel like responding to ... anything. Good news is, F2P'ing a gacha is a healtier distraction than 3+ hours of nearly none-stop archery practice followed by hard liquor. So yay for me and my AR accomplishments!

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:53:19 AM »
The game has been really kind to me when it comes to five stars. I actually managed to get all four PA!dancers within 100 orbs (I already had Inigo, but whatever, Azura was in the very next orb), for instance. In the past few weeks I also managed to get a blue AND a red 180 bst dragon, a free Swordhardt, a free F!Morgan, a perfect Micaiah and more.

I'm still on a tight budget, though, so no fancy builds for everyone (anyone). Some of the Abyssal tactics I've used include:
- let Takumi get hurt so Desperation kicks in and he can quad things (a classic)
- pair a Titania-powered Linde up with a Threaten Res unit so she can kill Grima with 1 hit point to spare
- chip damage, so much chip damage (the real reason Jaffar was on that legendary banner, is that he's amazing on the Tiki map)
- area specials for everyone!

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:46:10 PM »
This is the mustard I use (but I pay the equivalent of $1,15, hah). It's fairly mild stuff.

As for coffee, I don't mind the taste, even black is fine with me, it's just not a taste I enjoy drinking. Coffee candy, though? Yes please.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: October 01, 2018, 08:38:21 AM »
You're in for a surprise.

The amount of mustard (and whatever else is thrown in there) varies from region to region and family to family, but yes, the soup is (nowadays) made from the condiment. That said, the mustard we use for soup is very different from the bright yellow stuff they serve in American-style fastfood restaurants.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:31:51 AM »
Archery talk. Yesterday, I taught someone how to shoot with a sight. Took a few hours off my own practice time and several years off my life. The guy is in his fifties, diabetic (-> not much feeling in his hands, fucked up dominant eye), more confident than I'll ever be (slightly justified, he does have over a decade of experience with a crossbow), and not exactly the most co÷rdinated person I've ever met. He's the only person I know who managed to hit himself in the face while stringing his bow with a bowstringer (which is generally the safest method and should prevent exactly that). But, I:
- managed to rummage together a sight, tools and accessoires (a challenge, because the guy need to use a left-handed bow)
- helped him improve his stance, allowing him to get closer to a full draw (he has two frozen shoulders, so figuring out something that works for him is a challenge), though this does mean we'll need to find a different bow for him next time, because the one he's using now is actually too short
At the end of the evening, his groupings were pretty decent and nobody got hurt.

Sometimes I wonder if I'd be better off teaching than doing.

... I'm the skill fodder of the guild, aren't I?

Speaking of guilds, I had a pretty awesome weekend. The guild threw a big party to celebrate their 165th anniversary and I did what I do and like best: helping out behind the scenes and stay far, far away from the actual partying. I did go to the buffets, though. While I helped with a lot of the prep for the brunch, dinner was a complete surprise. Okay, not complete, when they said it was going to be something big I was already convinced they'd be roasting a whole pig (and they did) and it was easy enough to figure out what decorations would be used, but I did not expect musicians playing medieval drinking songs. The biggest surprise, however, was the other food: the soups were all vegetarian! I ate so much mustard soup!

Actually, I ate a lot of soup throughout the weekend. Everyone did. I faced the consequences on Monday, when all the soup pots had the be scrubbed out. On the upside, it was cold outside, but the kitchen was so nice and warm.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 27, 2018, 03:59:49 AM »
I wanted to like this Tiki and her DQ Slime-like face, but her weapon and potential BST have me worried, not to mention we already had enough versions for a Tiki Emblem. Best thing I can say about this is: atleast it's Tiki and not Corrin.

Still going to pull, though. Blue is a 3/3 want for me, as is red. Green, I'm debating. Fodder would be good, but that's all there is to it for me. Colourless is a very clear nope. I might pull one if there's only one on a lucky circle (I wouldn't mind a Grima merge or Maribel), but that's it.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 14, 2018, 09:56:21 AM »
Despite the improvement in the writing department, chapter 2 was indeed yet another disappointment due to the poor pacing, pandering and paper-thin plot. What I did like:
1. Alfonse got to be smart and do stuff! In chapter 2 he went from bland protagonist to an adorkable nerdy young leader who is actually relevant to the plot. It's a shame he's a FEH character, because think about what he could have been in a proper FE game.
2. Helbindi. A bit archetypical, but still a fun character that went right for the feels.
3. Camus with boobs, erh, Laegjarn. She's basically what Camilla should have been, isn't she?

And as for the Nifl siblings, man, those really ended up being boring/annoying/(emotionally) irrelevant. The only good thing about them is that Fjorm is a convenient Arena bonus character.

In other bullshit design news, I haven't cleared the final map of Relay Defense and I'm not sure if I will bother. Fighting a giant flood of units with 90 HP isn't hard, it's just annoying. I actually didn't clear the Legendary Abyssal challenges a few weeks back either, but I bet one of those accessories will get used for bonuses in the next Forging Bonds because why not.

The trick to those Relay Defense maps is to cheese the hell out of it by turning a ranged enemy unit into a blokade so the others can't advance and/or attack.

As for the Abyssal challenges, I actually really enjoyed those. I cleared Grima with a tactics team featuring Linde and Titania, and Reinhardt and Takumi backed up by dancers took care of Marth. I had to switch around some seals and C-skills, but I made it work and I'm proud of that.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 10, 2018, 03:02:40 AM »
No thank you.

More busy weekend stuff: a small casual and sorta 3D archery event at a local farm. I helped set stuff up and tried to make myself useful. I also competed, but didn't rank high because of nerves and there being more than a few distances and targets I'm unfamiliar with.

One of the targets wasn't even for our regular bows, but for this monstrous crossbow. That thing makes me so nervous. It's so heavy, keeping it steady is a real ordeal and I'm not a fan of things with triggers in general. During lunch, I heard some of the experienced target shooters and crossbow archers complaining someone should take a look at the thing because it clearly deviated to the left. Keeping that in mind, I was able to hit the bullseye once in the second round. Yay for me!

I won't ever be a fan of crossbows, though. They're scary.

The event was for the archers of the local guild, a friendly club form a nearby village, and their family. That meant interacting with a bunch of new people and I managed to confuse most of them.

First of all, despite having lived within the same 5km radius my whole life, people think I'm an outsider because I don't speak with an accent. That's fair enough, I guess. My dad's an outsider and while he does understand the dialect now, he didn't back when he and my mom got married. As a result, we always spoke standard Dutch at home. My dad is also the reason why I have a very sea-related family name despite there not being a drop of saltwater nearby. Nowadays, that's nothing unusual, but it's still a novelty to the older generations and that other archery club is pretty elderly. They're from an dying village and their youngest members are in their fifties.

Speaking of age, there was of course the age thing. Again. We don't have any shirts in my size, so I just wear the smallest they have and rock that tunic look. The downside: oversized clothing make me look smaller and younger. One of the little kids asked me: "Are you a kid like me or are you a grown-up?" Damnit, kid. You're supposed to be at that age where you think everyone older than you has one foot in the grave...

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:51:10 AM »
The poop thing goes for everyone...

Someone shat in one of the bins in the men's bathroom at our community center. We still haven't gotten the stench out.

Longer version:

I volunteer at our community center/guild hall once a week. It's mostly cleaning and the bathrooms have become my territory because I'm not some whiny diva who just wants to brag about volunteer work but not actually do it. It's usually nothing bad, but some of the people in the 'old folks daycare' aren't very good at using the bathroom anymore and shit happens. Sometimes on the floor, sometimes on the walls, sometimes somewhere behind the toilet that makes you go 'how did that get here?' Fortunately for me, it appeared to have been a relatively accident free week. Even so, most bathrooms don't really smell clean until I've mopped the floors (twice).

Like usual, I go about my business cleaning up other people's business and eventually get to the emptying and relining all the bins part of the job. I get to the back downstairs men's bathroom, lift off the top of the bin and start taking out the bag so I can tie it. The moment I lift it, the weight - and most unfortunately - the SMELL hits me. I quickly close the bag, but it's everywhere. The smell, not the origin, fortunately, but I could see the liquid slodging around in the bag. Yes, liquid. I quickly get rid of the biohazard and warn the manager, but even with his help it takes a while to get the shitty odor out of the bathroom. Then we realise something: despite the tough garbage bag, the smell had penetrated deep within the plastic of the bin. The bin itself now smells like poop.

That was Wednesday. We're running out of cleaning products to use and the Great Stink remains undefeated. After the weekend, I will make one final valiant attempt using a very pepperminty product animal shelters use to clean their smelliest cages. If that doesn't work, we might have to toss the bin-shaped stink bomb.

On the upside, we're very close to figuring out the culprit. Unless there's some random loser sneaking into community centers to shit intheir bins, it must have been one of the elderly card players. While we have not found a pair of underwear (no way I was going to stick a hand in there, not even a gloved one!), we feel safe to suspect someone soiled themselves, tossed everything in the bin and covered it up with paper towels in hopes of hiding the smell. They got away with until their foul creation was disturbed by my diligent cleaning. What sucks, though, is that if he had just warned the manager after it happened, the manager would have thrown the bag away discreetly. It was because it was hidden and slowly but surely defiled the bin itself, that this story is now spreading like wildfire, because 'some dude shat in our bin despite the toilet being like three feet away' makes for some good gossip.

As for haps, no major haps but I'm thinking about stuff.  Like does the nature of the person who made a craft affect how much you like the craft?  For example, do you like a band's music less if the people in the band are douchey? 

My personal experience is that most creative people are weird, assholes or weird assholes. That's the norm. As long as they don't do anything very legally or morally bankrupt, there's a lot I can ignore. And in the case of movies, I always try to remember it's not just the creation of some pervy director, but that there are many, many more people who made that into what it is.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:57:14 PM »

@Tomara - Man, you've got quite an active life, my friend.

Not really. It's just that most of it is crammed into several weekends a year. My (social) life outside of conventions is very low key. I have a few things I'm passionate about and my life pretty much revolves around those. Which is a pretty good life, I'll admit.

That said, I feel nowhere near the adult I should be by now. Most people my age have several children by now, for instance. I don't even want children of my own (I'm quite happy being the cool aunt/older cousin), but at the same time I do feel the pressure society puts on women my age. Yet at the same time, society doesn't really acknowledge my actual age because I look and so much younger than I am. Strangers treat my like a teenager all the time. They ask me if I've had a nice summer vacation, what year I'm in, and so on. I went to buy some Limoncello because I wanted to bake a cake for my birthday, but I got carded. Again. I turn 32 in a few weeks. Worse, it has gotten to the point even relatives have started doing it. I got demoted to being my little sister's little sister.

People rarely take me seriously. For instance, my brother-in-law runs an outdoor events/games business and recently bought a bunch of bows for archery tag. I offered to help set them up, and they told me to read the manual. Meanwhile, they're trying to figure out out how to hold the riser and failing despite it having a very obvious grip. One of the manly men then proceeds to put the limbs on inside out and upside down. I fix that. Then I start putting on the arrow rests, and they're like "How do you know they go there?"

I know, because these things are basically fancy-looking toy takedown recurve bows and I own a recurve bow that's worth 20 of those. It has all the same basic parts, but my gear is high quality. I shoot 200+ arrows in an evening. I help run events for amateurs and have some experience instructing beginners. So hey, maybe I actually know what I'm talking about!

Shit like this is why my self-esteem is so low.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 05, 2018, 02:12:42 AM »
Lewyn looks as busted as he's supposed to be. Like... "You enjoying those new overpowered blue and green armours? Well, here's a unit to kill them with!"

I wonder who will be demoted. Silvia is the least impressive one of the three, but she's the only one with boobs, which complicates matters.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: September 04, 2018, 09:40:09 AM »
I like GC for what it is, but 4 hour rounds were a mistake now that people have figured out how to abuse knock-outs. I hope they come up with a method for players to support their team even when the entire map is locked, like pouring stamina into your base to level it up and gain new bonuses for your army.

As for Jamke, my armours laugh at trees, so I've got tree copies now and am seriously considering promoting one of them to 5 stars just because I can. I don't even need archers (I've got twelve at five stars), especially not colourless ones, but I really liked Jamke in his original game and I'm partial to archers in general, so...

Edit: You know, for shits and giggles, I want this next banner to be totally Edain focused. We already have her future husbando Jamke, and likely the lady herself, so lets get her wannabe suitor Midir involved, as well as Dew, the male who actually saved Edain from her terrible captors (I guess Jamke left the door open or something; but he wasn't out there fighting off thugs all on his own for her while waiting for Sigurd and crew to finish their lengthy detour around Genoa Ayra), and her far superior sister/waifu bait Brigid for the fourth. As a bonus, we can totally fit Andrey in as a +_+ reward (and he'll be just as relevant to the banner as he is to Edain in FE4). It'll be a great banner for underrepresented Classes. :V

So, basically, you want an entirely colourless New Heroes banner?

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: August 27, 2018, 05:42:21 PM »
Another convention weekend went by. For the first time in years, I only had a few events and a lot of spare time. As it turns out, free time is exhausting if you can't find anything you want to do (the events were very weeb and cosplay oriented) and just wander the endless hallways in hopes of finding someone to hang out with.

The events I hosted were fun (for me) though.

First there was the writing relay race, which is basically a thing were we make a small team of people write a short story in a very short amount of time (5 minutes per person, 20 minutes total). The results are often hilarious, because people are bouncing of eachother's twists and turns. A writer friend and I were the judges, but we wrote a short story as well in the allotted amount of time. Ours turned out rather... dark. To summarise, girls ends up hosting a dinner party for her necromancing roommate and his eco-friendly death cult friends. He only gave her a recipe, and the summoning of the otherworldly ingredients went terribly wrong. Girls ends up serving herself. Well, herself from another dimension that happened to end up in the freezer as the result of one of her roommate's many failed experiments. Talk about a self-roast.

The second event was a lecture about Japanse RPGs. Despite being in the (relatively) early morning, it did end up being a full house. So, that's good. Not so good were technical difficulties. My HMDI to mini-HDMI cable died, meaning I couldn't project my presentation. The convention wasn't very helpful:
1. Yes, there was a AVG cable, but my tablet/laptop only has a mini-HDMI port. And yes, I can do AVG to HDMI, I do have a cable for that, but again, I still need a way to plug it into my tablet!
2. No, loading it onto my phone is not going to help. It can't run a presentation and even if it could, my phone definitely does not have a HDMI-port!
They didn't HDMI-to-mini-HDMI cable themselves, nor was there some random spare laptop available. In the end I just held my talk without the support of visuals, which sucks, but it's better than canceling the event. Not just for me, but also for the ill-prepared convention that already had a long list of cancelled events. (In hindsight, I should have run to the manga library myself and borrowed something from them.)

Right after that one, I visited the staff room to reserve a reserve laptop for my final event, the JRPG Quiz. I didn't really check where it was going to be held until the hour before, and was surprised they put me in the large lecture room that can fit like 100+ people. A good thing, too, because the crowd was pretty big. Oh, and they did bring me a laptop! It had 7% battery life left and no power supply, so I had to make an emergency call to get that sorted out, but I was able to start the quiz in time. Fortunately, most people understood the rock-paper-scissors part of the game right away. The only exception was this one kid in his mid- to late teens who was there with his mother. He, uh, he was clearly on the spectrum, so kudos to his mom for chaperoning and helping him enjoy the convention. First, he was a little upset/panicked, because he for some reason assumed he'd need a smartphone for this. I assured him that he wouldn't need any tech and his mother repeated this reassurance a few times as well. He didn't get the rock-paper-sciccors parts very well. Basically, the quiz consists of true/false questions. The room is split in two and people move to the side they think is right. I play rock-paper-scissors with the people who got it right. The condition to advance is that you need to beat me. So, if I have rock, only the people with paper get to keep competiting for that round's price. This continues until one is left standing. I make an exception when there is no one who beats me, in which case the people who have the same as me get to keep competing. I do this to keep the game going and ensure there is a winner each round. Anyway, after I made this exception, the kid assumed same=continue every round, despite me always clearing stating who should sit down and who got to continue ("If you got paper, you continue. Everyone else, sit down!" "Everyone but scissors, please sit down!").

In order to keep the game flowing, I asked me to come chat with me after the quiz if they had questions, where looking for recommendations and so on. Most of it was fun, but the autistic kid really threw me a curve ball. He walked up to me and asked if I had played Mystic Ark. I told him I had heard of it, but that I had never played it. He then semi-angerily told me it's a wellknown masterpiece and that music is the best he has ever heard. Then he walked away. It sounded very rehearsed and I'm sure the harsh tone wasn't intentional, but man, that was hard to respond to. I get it though, quiz events like this, with lots of audience participation, aren't exactly autism friendly and it was probably draining for him to be there. I hope he had fun despite me not being very familiar with his favourite.

Anyway, I do love doing these quizes, and it feels like I'm getting better and better than putting on a show (both in Dutch and English). This convention was (tabletop) RPG themed, so I really got to make most of my final boss routine. I even dressed up for it a little (basically, the most casual of casual Takumi cosplays, making most of my own long hair), which got a giggle out of some people.

Speaking of dressing up, guess what got the most reactions from random convention-goers?
a) my brand new yukata
b) my final boss hairdo
c) a T-shirt with a cactus on it with the words 'Can not touch this. Don't go hugging everyone you meet.'

If you guessed c, you are correct. The hair came in second.

Back to the quiz: the convention staff mentioned that if the quiz drew in lots of visitors, I might get an ever larger room next year, maybe even one with a stage. Kinda scary, but it would be good advertisement for the magazine, so hey, if they offer a bigger room, I'm not going to turn it down. (Though I will request gopher assistance to keep and eye on the crowd and hopefully prevent people from cheating.)

What else did I do that weekend... Oh yeah, the schuttersgilde I'm a part of has a house liquor and I smuggled in a bottle to share with friends. It was surprisingly popular. And more suprisingly, we got to drink the entire thing in peace in the hotel lobby. The hotel doesn't mind bringing people bringing and drinking their own booze as long as you don't bother anyone, but the convention doesn't take to kindly to people doing this because their visitors are like 85% young people who don't know their limits. But hey, by the time they noticed it was already empty and I was like "It's just an empty bottle, something from home I wanted to show to my friends", which was definitely atleast partly true. It was a cool earthen bottle. The guy gave me a look, because, well, there were multiple empty plastic shot glasses on the table. Funnily enough, it didn't seem like he noticed the freakin' bottle of mead that was also on the table. Also, he should have just appreciated how thematically appropriate we were being. If your theme is 'Tales of Kitsunia', a random archer in their thirties, who belongs to a guild, may or may not have a bird-related pseudonym, and who is enjoying a drink, should be considered part of the decorations.

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