40-anime meme: Day 39

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:28 am
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39 -- is there an anime you wish was more popular?

Not really?

I mean, not in the way I suspect the question is meant to be taken at least, where 'popular' = 'more talked about, bigger fandom, etc etc'. There was a time when fossils walked when I would've been all for that for certain series, but now? Nah, I think I'm good, for many different reasons.

I can get the stuff I want, that's good enough for me.

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Aug. 19th, 2017 09:58 am
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We ended up eating out last night. I'm not convinced it was a great idea, but we realized relatively late in the day that we had nothing thawed. There's a whole chicken in the freezer in the basement, but thawing that is going to take a few days. We went to Evergreen again because Scott really wanted to (Cordelia and I have both eaten there twice in the last four weeks) and because we happened to be out that way to visit a bakery that Cordelia was interested in. We all ended up with enough leftovers for a second meal, so there's that.

I used the c-PAP for three and a half hours last night. I'm not entirely sure why I didn't put it back on after I got up to visit the bathroom, but I didn't. My dreams were semi-anxiety dreams with lots of circling back to redo things.

I woke with a headache this morning. Caffeine and food seems to have killed it (it wasn't quite bad enough for me to take an Amerge. I only have two left. I might be able to get more during the next week, but I might have to wait until I see my doctor on the 28th).

I think I'm going to be spending a lot of time in the bedroom this weekend. Scott's watching The Defenders, and I don't want to listen to it because that's not much better than having to watch all the violence.

Our cleaning lady moved around all of the stuff I'd put aside to get rid of. I'm sure she thought that putting all of the clothing together made sense, but some of that stuff is wearable, and some isn't. The stuff that isn't has to go to a completely different place. The stuff that is wearable can go to the same place as the non-clothing stuff, and that's how I had it all sorted.

Today's goal is to finish filling out the various forms that we need to take to high school registration on Monday. A number of them are things that I need to consult with Scott and Cordelia about because they involve spending money on things that Cordelia may or may not actually have any interest in or on things that I know we want (like the yearbook and school pictures) but that we need to decide which version to get.

on a better note

Aug. 19th, 2017 08:28 am
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While my workplace wants to kill me, plans to work hard at that for the next two months-plus, and nearly drove me to commit murder last night (fucking patio parties), on the upside the horrible piped-in music was stone dead for some reason.

So, I took the opportunity to watch the first three episodes of The King Of Fighters Destiny. And lo! they were good episodes -- short, varying 10-15 minutes, but good -- and yessir did I enjoy myself muchly.


I think SNK finally getting off their arses and unifying the fractured separate timelines into KoF instead of handwaving everything away is a damned good idea, and I like how they look to be doing it. We're starting leading into the first KoF tournament with Rugal, and Orochi is clearly on the horizon, but the plot atm is focusing on the Bogard brothers' drive for revenge on Geese (who will also be at said tournament). I love the FF story and I want to see how this is going to work. It's been a while since I saw 'this' Terry, also, and he feels right to me.

Bonus! Art Of Fighting is also getting fit in surprisingly seamlessly -- Yuri's missing but it's because she ran off to prove she's a good fighter and join the tournament. Robert looks weirdly young lol And instead of everyone running off to Mexico to find her, Benimaru's getting his minions on the case apparently -- *lol*


I've seen bitching about the animation style of the show. I think the people bitching are nuts. It's CG and done in a very exaggeratedly expressive style (think Legend of Sanctuary), which KoF basically needs, with enough attention to detail to make things pretty but not so much to look like a bad attempt to do HD.

What I think may be throwing people off is the style of the face models, which is the one singular point (aside from a shot of headstones in a graveyard, lol) where I can most definitely recognize the Chinese influence. The models are reminiscent of on the one hand King Of Fighters Zillion, which was a Hong Kong manhua, and on the other (and more strongly) the scads of fighting/fantasy manhua that have come out over the long years, like Weapons Of The Gods and suchsort. It's hard to describe but if you know the style, you'll recognize it on the spot. I like the effect, but it may not be to everyone's taste.

(also this Kyo has a bonier face, and it actually works really well for him. Terry's sporting a few small tweaks that are also surprisingly nice, including slightly darker hair.)


One series to keep looking forward to, at least. And bring on Iori }3

40-anime meme: Day 38

Aug. 19th, 2017 08:23 am
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38 -- name a popular anime you hate.

Oh, that's easy enough at the moment, because there is little in the entire damn corpus of ~popular~ anime atm that I loathe more than Yuri On Ice, aka "that fucking skating show".

And it's not ~revolutionary or any of the rest of the lunacy the rabid fanbase blats on about, either. If it was, said rabid fanbase wouldn't have the opportunity to try to eat each other so much due to the vagueness of the source material.

Earthian took on the dual horns of homosexual love and contending with a homophobic society, to boot, with no ambiguity what-so-fucking-ever, and did it well, and that over two damn decades ago. Go read that and get back to me.
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Today was my deadline and just in time, I finished my WIP Big Bang fic! This thing has like taken over my brain/life for months -- I'll have to figure out what to do with myself now.

Crossposting my brag post from the Bang comm:

Story Title: The Longest Night (I promise ~ I can't promise)
Fandom: Akatsuki no Yona | Yona of the Dawn
Link(s): at Ao3 (recommended); at FF.net
Summary: When Yona and her friends need shelter for the winter, Kija insists on bringing them to White Dragon Village for a traditional solstice festival honoring his ancestors. The ritual brings messages from the world of the dead, including a visit from the most honored white dragon ancestor of all — but what begins as a joyous meeting threatens to become a tragedy.
Warnings: Heavy Angst, Possible Character Death, Canonical Character Death, brief but intense violence
Characters: Kija, Ensemble, special appearance by Guen
When I Started: Not so long ago, only the beginning of this year. This grew out from my 2016 Yuletide story.
How I Lost My Shit: I don't remember if I did before signing up for the bang, although I did write a few other stories so it must have been back-burnered. Mostly, though, there were things I found challenging about this story so that I just knew I'd have trouble finishing it without some formal commitment. Embarassingly, I actually did lose my shit after posting had started; I went out of town for a weeklong family visit and really slacked off after I got back.
How I Finished My Shit: Sheer determination, but tempered with nonperfectionism. My completely-truthful mantra for this story was "I want to do this one no matter how messy it turns out." Also setting a bunch of personal deadlines way in advance of the actual deadline was helpful --- of course I ended up blowing through all of those, but each one pushed me to get a bit more done. ^_^;

And now it's finished! My beautiful rambly angsty hurty baby! I'm so proud!

Many thanks to my artist, too!

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Aug. 18th, 2017 03:39 pm
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My left elbow is hurting a lot. It's been giving me trouble for a couple of months, but it's now hard to sleep because of it, and bending it and straightening it both hurt like hell. Clenching my fist hurts the elbow, too, as does lifting anything heavier than my cell phone. I'm seeing my doctor next week, so I'm going to talk to her about it then. The pain at night thing is the biggest problem. I can get by without using it to lift/carry most of the time, and I'm managing not to move it much even without wearing a sling.

Neither heat nor ice help, but Tylenol does help a bit. I suspect that being low on sleep isn't helping at all as I tend to hurt more when I'm tired.

This is pinpoint pain, so I'm assuming tendinitis.

Fic announcement

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:21 am
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The first of my two stories for this year's [community profile] pod_together challenge has gone live today.

Title: The Last on Your Path
Fandom: The Pretender (TV)
Podfic by: [archiveofourown.org profile] fred_mouse
Podfic length: About twelve minutes
Word count: 1686
Rating: Teen and Up
Tags: Gen, Introspection, Pivot Point, Seeing Things
Notes: The challenge requires putting the text version of the story and the audio links in the same AO3 document.
Summary: Sydney's seeing things he knows can't be real. Eventually, he has to listen anyway.

The Last on Your Path at AO3.

40-anime meme: Day 37

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:57 am
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37 -- name a popular anime you love.

Saint Seiya.

And all its extra parts.

Obviously.

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Aug. 18th, 2017 07:51 am
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I'm up early after not nearly enough sleep because I got smacked with a migraine overnight. Amerge and caffeine seem to be beating it back, but going back to bed won't work for a while yet. I haven't slept since about half an hour before Scott's alarm went off.

I didn't take Ativan last night. I don't know if using the c-PAP without it contributed to the migraine or not.

I did a little writing last night, but I feel like I'm groping in fog to find the characters. I'm firmly in one POV, and that character can only guess at who the other character is which isn't helpful because it means I haven't defined him clearly in my own head. I'm also flip-flopping on what the POV character is willing to do to achieve her goals, and I feel like the story is already too long.

I don't think I'm going to finish the treat I started for Captive Audience by the exchange deadline. I expect the recipient would still want it if I finish it later on. It's a tiny fandom, so not many people were likely to read it anyway.

I'm looking at my holds list at the library and trying to figure out how I ended up with four movies and a season of anime all to pick up on Sunday. There's a waitlist on the anime series and on one of the movies, so I guess I give those top priority. At least the anime is only twelve episodes.
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drop your defenses and come into my arms.
Where Thou art―that―is Home―
– Emily Dickinson

I was mixing something else entirely, when this Ike/Soren hurt/comfort mix sprung out fully formed and punched me in the face.

Playmoss | 8tracks

relient k | who I am hates who I've been (acoustic)
Missy Higgins – All For Believing
Laura Marling – Night Terror
Our Lady Peace – Are You Sad?
Freejays – Almost there
Our Lady Peace – Thief
Sarah McLachlan – Fear
The Get Up Kids – I'll Catch You
Red | pieces
Rosi Golan – Hazy
Jesse Reuben – This Is Why I Need You
Hellogoodbye –The Thought That Give Me The creeps.
Ed Patrick – So Glad That I got you
Red | the best is yet to come
Jake Etheridge – with you I'm home

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Aug. 17th, 2017 03:13 pm
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Scott and I set out about 9:30, and we got home with Cordelia a bit after 8:00. It was a really long drive. Scott and I listened to podcasts and an audiobook on the way up. The Hamilton soundtrack played the entire way back because Cordelia finds it soothing and because Scott and Cordelia both sing along with the whole thing.

We got to the area near Interlochen about an hour before we were to pick Cordelia up, so we got lunch at the only restaurant we could find. It wasn't terrible. It also wasn't great. I finished my meal still feeling hungry and without any options for more food.

The Interlochen campus is really nice. I'd have liked to look around more (and the unclaimed Ingress portals only had a little bit to do with it), but Cordelia was really eager to get out of there.

Scott's parents invited us to stop by on our way home, and we did. The timing worked out that we arrived a little after 6:00, so they fed us dinner-- chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and salad.

I dropped my Ativan tablet last night and couldn't find it (those things are tiny!), so I slept without it. I was exhausted enough that I slept soundly until Scott's alarm. After he got up, I didn't get back to sleep until he left. That wasn't because of him. It was me feeling too warm then too cold then having my neck hurt then... Well, on and on.

My allergy trouble hasn't come back. I'm hoping it won't, but the cleaning lady coming today may set me off again because the various cleaning products cause me problems breathing (one of the big reasons we have her come in).

40-anime meme: Day 36

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:57 am
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36 -- in your opinion, what makes a good anime?

See, this is one of those things which is simultaneously completely subjective (thus 'opinion', above) and also still almost completely impossible to answer -- or at least not without words and words of what would ultimately be fairly ridiculous navel-gazing by the nature of the beast. That said, a few thoughts on the matter:

- It needs to be engaging. That might mean relatable, intriguing and/or entertaining characters, preferably all of the above; it might be an interesting story premise, or a new twist on a familiar one; it might be a good hook in the built-in setting. But it needs that thing to reel the audience in.

- Preferably, pacing is a must; not blitzing through everything and not explain jack shit (even if the explanations are hilariously wat), not bogging down in staring at its own navel.

- It needs to not make my eyes bleed to watch it.

... and yet, there are always exceptions ~~

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Aug. 17th, 2017 12:19 am
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Well that was just 60 pages of fuck in a 6-page bag ...

40-anime meme: Day 35

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:36 pm
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35 -- have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

Well, yeah? Give someone enough decades -- or not that many decades, come on now -- and they're bound to hit something that doesn't actually press so many buttons.

Why? Boredom; not interested in the story; not interested in the characters; not enough time to watch it; it just wasn't engaging enough. Because I felt like it.

Shockingly this can happen and one is still an anime fan!

Something the author of this meme perhaps could not wrap their brain around? idek, oi.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 08:29 am
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I slept pretty badly last night. I was still sneezing and all that, so I couldn't use the c-PAP. I seem to be doing better in that regard this morning, but I woke when the Benadryl wore off in the middle of the night.

Our current best guess as to the problem is a combination of dust, ragweed, and the c-PAP. The dust and ragweed wouldn't normally give me this much trouble, not at the levels they've been at. I think that my sinuses have been irritated by the c-PAP and so are more reactive to other things. I haven't had a summer this bad for allergies since I was in high school.

All of my plans for the week, such as they were, have been shot to hell. They mainly consisted of writing and watching DVDs that can't be renewed (I have about fifty hours of lectures on DVD that can't be renewed) and more writing.

We have a very long day ahead of us as we'll be heading up to Interlochen to bring Cordelia home. (There are reasons for this that I'm not willing to go into in a public post.) It's been a hard decision, and I still need to make some phone calls about it. Part of me wants to go back to bed and to send Scott on his own, but that would be unfair to him. He could do it. He would, too, if it was necessary, but I can go.

We plan to get on the road as soon as we're both dressed and both have had breakfast.

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Aug. 15th, 2017 01:28 pm
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I'll be going to Medequip tomorrow to try on some different masks. The idea is to find something that won't irritate my sinuses to the point of days of sneezing. The current one doesn't provoke that all of the time.

I want to nap, but my sinuses are still in rebellion. I'm not sure if it's the c-PAP or the ragweed or the dust from cleaning. It might be all three. I used my neti pot (I don't very often, just when I'm worried that something like dust or pollen might be setting me off).

The orientation session last night was a bit overwhelming. Too many people, no AC, and lots of stairs.

All of the staff members specified their pronouns. None of them used anything but the he set or the she set, but I'm glad they did it because it's entirely possible that there were kids in the audience who needed reassurance that their pronouns will be respected.

We found someone who wants the Legos that I washed/bleached on Sunday. Scott's sister's SIL's church can use them. She's willing to pick them up. We still have a few other things to give away/donate.

My mother has sent me a url for the parts we need to repair the love seat and chair in the basement. I just need to measure the pieces of the support straps we've still got to make sure we order the right things. I don't know how long it will be before Scott has time to do the work, but getting the parts is the first step.

I'm really done in. If you've sent me something in last few days that requires thought, I might manage it tomorrow, but it's not going to happen today.

Crisis Core - thoughts etc

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:53 pm
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I literally just finished Crisis Core! It's been sitting in my backlog since about 2009, so you know, eight years after I bought it isn't too bad, right?

What with the LOVELESS quotes and the misuse of the word honour, it's little wonder Sephiroth decided to hang with his alien mother and destroy humanity. )

In terms of backlog statistics:
  • 103 games in my backlog
  • 15 games left before I hit 50% backlog
  • It will apparently take me 175 days and 13 hours to complete my backlog according to How Long to Beat.
I haven't worked out what's next, so if anyone wants to choose my next games for me, let me know!
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