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16  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The great pet thread on: June 22, 2016, 03:52:27 AM
So many (fluffy) cats. RPGfan doesn't have a lot of dog people, does it?

(I do like dogs, just not the obnoxious attention whores that don't know how to STFU.)
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 20, 2016, 05:00:20 PM
So... uh, last week I gave a bunch of lectures and workshops at an anime convention, and people took some pictures of me. At the time I didn't know, I thought they were photographing the slides. I didn't tell them not the take pictures of me, so I can't exactly fault them for doing so, but... One of the pictures taken is kinda unflattering. My face looks funny because I'm in the middle of talking, my hair is nearly the same colour as the background and makes my head looks weird, my glasses cast an ugly shadow, and it looks like I'm fidgitting with my ring (which I probably am). Frankly, I hate looking at it and it makes me feel terrible. Should I ask the photographer to remove it? I know I have the right to do so, but I don't want to be one of those dramaqueens...

(I'm so glad nobody took any pictures when I declared myself the finall boss and played rock-paper-scissors against the entire room. That would have been even worse...)
18  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Starting a business on: June 20, 2016, 04:44:13 PM
It sounds like my handicrafts club thingie does something similar to what you're planning on doing. We sell the stuff we make at animeconventions and fairs.

My advice:
-Don't expect it to be anything other than a hobby until you start to see results. And when you do get that far, try not to grow too dependent on it. There's a lot of hidden unemployment among small business owners, as in: many don't actually make a living.

-Read up on tax stuff before you start.

-Make sure you have back-up when going to fairs/flee markets/whatever. If you're all by yourself, it'll be very difficult to get bathroom breaks in. You might not be able to go at all, depending on how trustworthy (or not) your neighbours are. It's also super boring if you're on your own when it's slow.

-Have fun. You're not likely to make much if any money in the beginning, so the least you can do is enjoy yourself :)
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 04:52:31 PM
Anyway, haps is that a friend of mine's 9 year-old daughter got a really cool short summer haircut- like a faux hawk with red highlights.

That's awesome!

Yet one of her neighbors made an offhand comment about the daughter looking like a "bull dyke" or somesuch.  Really?!?!?! 

That's... definitely not awesome.

A couple of days ago, I ordered a bunch of clothes online and in order to get free shipping, I added a shirt for my cousin's newborn. It's light blue and has cute little details like frills. My cousin was happy with the gift, not just because extra baby clothes always come in handy, but also because it wasn't pink. Apparently most of the gifts she's gotten for little Anna were very, very pink and she hates it. It's as if people worry the baby won't grow up to be a 'proper' girl unless they paint her whole world pink.

Oh well, if our side of the family is any indication, little Anna will most likely grow up not giving a shit about traditional gender roles.
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 19, 2016, 03:52:22 AM
Hey, if you feel like 'whining', 'whine'. It's fine. If you don't feel like it, that's fine too :)
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 18, 2016, 04:05:35 PM
so i made a comment on a youtube video saying i was disspointed that theres no option for a female link and i was attacked and called a SJW(i didnt use any kind of of strong or offenive language). people instantly made all these assumptions about me. people were telling me to go back to tumblr when i dont even blog let alone use tumblr as anything other than a source of porn. i'm gonna be blunt i dont like masculinity it repels me but over the last couple years ive tried to lighten up then something like this happens it's like the universe is telling me not to change.

Yeah, the thing with modern internet is that there's a whole bunch of angry people that adore being angry. Like, it's their hobby, their passion, their way of life. They've tied their identity to their cause, 'I fight therefore I am'. Sometimes, they have a hard time finding a battlefield, so they'll just create one themselves. If you need to fight, you need an enemy. Fortunately for them, nobody likes SJWs. Also, nobody is entirely sure what a SJW is. It's more like a boogieman than an actual thing, and that's why it's convenient. Just label someone you don't entirely agree with an SJW and you're free to attack them. Heck, many consider labeling the opponent an instant win! And that's exactly why you should ignore them. They too dumb to understand defeat and that makes not fighting the only way to win. Just... take a deep breath, remember that these people are about as smart as dog poop, don't represent anyone but the folks in their tiny echo chamber and will have to live with their own patheticness while you can just walk away.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of Berseria on: June 18, 2016, 02:03:32 PM
I once bought an actual set of real, wearable clothes for less than 3.
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 05:19:15 PM
I have a mixed bristle brush with a wooden handle. These supposedly work well for most hair types, but are especially good for long straight hair like mine.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 17, 2016, 05:01:08 PM
^I have a lot of those types in my family, my parents included... It did set an example though, as in, how to not do things.

Speaking of finances, I bought myself a new hairbrush. Spent a little over 15 on it, which I think is expensive for a hairbrush. At first I thought I was just being stupid for indulging in something like this, but I love my new brush. I've had it for two weeks now, and my hair is so soft and smooth. And before, brushing was just a thing that needed to be done, but now I enjoy brushing my hair. It's great stress relief. (And fortunately, my hair is stupidly long, meaning there is plenty to brush.)
25  The Rest / General Discussions / The great pet thread on: June 17, 2016, 04:04:02 PM
Lots of serious discussions in haps right now, so... pets! Cuddly wuddly pets! Show yours now!

Here are my two rabbits, Bunny & Senka:

They spend a lot of time glued together. Bunbun is a fluffy goofball, Sen is a cute little ball of issues. And no, I don't know why Senka is curled up like a dog/cat.

Fun fact: the fur of rabbits like Sen gets darker as it gets colder. Point colouration like this is a form of partial albinism in which the melanine doesn't activate at normal body temperatures. Extremities are typically colder than body temperature, so you do see colour there. Animals with this colouration might get darker in winter and lighter in summer. Bun mostly sits near Sen's left shoulder and as a result, her right shoulder is somewhat darker than the left.

This is my cat.

She's 15 and lives with my parents. Like most of the pets I've ever owned, she has a difficult personality. We blame it on my sister's old dog.

Speaking of my sister, here's one of her two darling little princesses (playing with a cat toy I made):

26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 03:34:46 PM

This is sort of what I've settled on for now. I just want to find a job where I'm at a desk during typical work hours and can come home and eat dinner with my family and can take the weekend to do stuff I want to do. The problem is finding one WHILE suffering through this job and while also not losing my mind completely.

That's a good goal. It's realistic, which means the odds of reaching it are in your favor. I really hope you get a job like that soon.

27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 03:14:59 PM

@Tomara: This is my biggest problem. I DON'T have even a vague idea of what direction I want my life to take. I'm not really passionate about anything. Folks always say "well you're passionate about video games," except I play and talk about video games for the same reason some folks drink, because for a brief moment life doesn't feel like a hopeless void.


If you want to keep videogames as a hobby, keep videogames as hobby. For some reason I turned nearly all my hobbies into sorta-work, and it's not all that great.

As for what you should do... I know there's this big push for individuality, making a difference and having a grand purpose, but personally, I think it's enough to have a job you don't mind and live a happy life surrounded by the people you care about. Having a job you love is a way to have a fulfilling life, sure, but I believe it's far from the only way.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 01:46:53 PM

That's some shitty lottery you're winning, Dagg...
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 16, 2016, 12:18:26 PM

Been talking to family lately about how I've been feeling for months now that nothing in my life makes it worth living, but they don't seem too bothered by it. Apparently I just need to "set goals for myself." Which is exactly what the three therapists I've seen in the last couple years have told me before I realized they weren't really listening.

'Set goals' is such useless advice. I mean, setting goals is easy. You just have to have an atleast vague idea of what you want; know what direction you want to go in. Figuring out which steps to take and then taking said steps is the hard part. That's the part everyone struggles with. The people who say 'just set some goals' have probably never felt what's like to have your path blocked and then having to struggle to find a new route, or a new goal doesn't make everything you just did pointless.

My advice: uh, take things one step at a time, I guess?
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: June 15, 2016, 05:04:09 PM
Oh, hey, they just added me to the guild's Whatsapp group! ... Only it's the one for junior archers... What kind of impression am I making? I'm also older than I look, thank you very much!

I get paid enough to eat luxuriously (I could probably eat restaurant every day) but I pretty much buy mundane stuff and eat frugal home cooked meals.

I think I'd get bored of restaurant food very soon despite the great variety available. Or maybe I just prefer being in full control of ingredients, portion size and so on. Probably that. That and being able to curl up on the couch with a pizza or a big pile of stamppot. Can't really do that in a restaurant.

I was thinking that about my Facebook statuses one time.  I define my life as:

I don't really use facebook, but looking at my recent posts here, my life currently consists of:
-complaining about unreliable coworkers
-anime conventions
-a terribly awkward attempt at romance

... Could be worse.
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