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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.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:35:27 AM »
Well, Takumi's luck is still working:

That was pretty much my wishlist for this banner. And they're all atleast decent IVs too. Not sure yet what I should do with that Lucina. My current one is better.

Total investment in this banner: 46 orbs. Time to save up for the next one.

General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: March 24, 2018, 12:12:48 PM »
I was shopping for new glasses today and ended up in a small independent store in some sidestreet. It looked nice and they had a dog! Couldn't find any frames I liked, so I decided I'd rather have new lenses put into my current ones, which they were happy to arrange, because my current frames are made of one of those flexy titatium alloys and are still in good shape. Then there was some confusion. I looked very familiar to them and they thought I had been there before. They felt bad about forgetting my name! "This is my first time here, but does the name R***** sound familiar?" And they're like: "Yes, it does actually." Apparently they vaguely know my clone/doppelganger/long lost twin/whatever from some place or another.

Or not. Later, I described these people (and their dog) to R and they don't sound familiar to her at all. So I guess there may be more copies. Awkward.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: March 22, 2018, 07:57:41 AM »
Though I'm surprised you didn't sink a few orbs trying to get Tomato man.

The odds are too bad. It's not that I dislike Eirika, it's just that I don't need that many. I'll give it another shot when he's on a better banner.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:28:18 AM »
Chucked 160 orbs at the new banner and got:
1x Sharena
1x Alfonse

Noteworthy 4 stars:
3x Sothe (one +atk one to build, two disappointments to fodder off)
2x Klein (it's always nice to see him)
2x Soren (both with terrible banes, but hey, finally more merges!)
3x Lukas (I'm not sure why I'd ever need three but if I want to get serious about building one, I now have a +def, -spd one)
4x Niles (uh, Iceberg for everyone?)

Maybe I should see if I have something like a +atk Niles and build one sometime.

General Games / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes
« on: March 20, 2018, 11:04:01 AM »
Blah, more eggs.. However, Catria looks like a good unit, Kagero has an unique movetype-weapon combo, Sharena exists and Alfonse has some real meme potential, so I'm going to try to get atleast one of them.

Preferably Alfonse, because he makes me laugh.

Xander: Our weapons are!
Reinhardt: Magic!
Camus: Loyalty!
Alfonse: SPOON!

Seriously, it might tick me off if I don't get him.

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