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July 21st, 2017
08:40 am
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Flat Like Pizza?

Pizza on Wednesday, pizza on Thursday, pizza on Friday. But you don't understand how much I like cheese!

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July 14th, 2017
03:09 pm
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Anime

Stephanie and I have a spreadsheet for tracking the anime that we own, and we own a lot of anime.  It helps us to track what we've already purchased, so we don't accidentally buy it again, and it helps us to track what we've watched, so we can figure out what to watch next.  I love watching anime with lots of people, but anime watching parties are annoyingly hard to schedule and to get people to commit to.  As a pair, Stephie and I can watch as much as we want, whenever we want; we love a wide variety of genres with a ton of overlap.  Even if this was the only thing we enjoyed together, I'd still feel like we were a good match.

But I love that spreadsheet; I love looking over it and seeing what we've watched together.  Watching anime is one of the things that we do together as a couple, and I have so many good memories of us: laughing at the ridiculous sexism of He Is My Master in our apartment, or enjoying the egalitarian nature of Haruhi just being "one of the guys" in Ouran High School Host Club, crying over the personal stories in Angel Beats, cheering on Edward and Alphonse Elrich in Fullmetal Alchemist, or fawning over the ginormous tits in Sekirei.

In short, anime is awesome!

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May 10th, 2017
06:13 pm
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Serial Experiments Mario Kart

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I'm a Nintendo Fanboy, as you should know, but I really thought the Wii U was underrated as a console. The Switch seems like it may be able to surpass the Wii U in terms of market penetration, so I am perfectly happy with the idea of Switch's Mario Kart being a polished version of Mario Kart 8.  I like how Double Dash's double items are back, even though double racers are not. The new Battle modes seem solid enough.


I have been playing the heck out of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.  I think I can do it; I think I can get good at a Mario Kart again.  I've gotten past the 150cc races into 200cc, and I'm beginning to get my flow back.  As I drift around corners, my mind drifts back into the distant past...


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Current Music: Mario Kart 64 - Credits
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April 24th, 2017
11:08 am
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Move Aside, Cat!

I learned new vocabulary today: Schrodinger's Douchebag.

Schrodinger's douchebag is a person who says something offensive and is in a quantum state of being both kidding and serious about it until the statement is observed by an audience. If the audience is offended, he was kidding. If the audience was receptive, he was serious.

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April 13th, 2017
10:16 am
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Dictionaries For the Soul

Okay, I swear I'm not vagueposting here; this is just something I've been thinking about today.

Is there a word in any language for this concept:

"Becoming angry when being asked to do something inconvenient but completely reasonable"

If not, I think it's a word whose time has come. I've seen it happen to many people, and I've seen it in myself. I see it in the response to taxes and regulations, and it is a response that we tend to dismiss, pretend didn't happen, or call hypocritical. But is it really hypocritical if it's a nearly universal response? Humankind has a tendency to ignore ("turn a blind eye") or condemn ("projection") traits we don't like to see in ourselves, but maybe this is something we need to understand and process collectively, something like jealousy.

It does seem humanitarian to accept that inconvenience is aggrevating, even if the inconvenience is for the common good and even if the inconvenience isn't all that inconvenient.  From time to time, who doesn't say "the world is against me" for the flimsiest of reasons? But we can empathize with that impulse while still politely insisting that other people act accordingly. That's the essential element of society. We insist on inconveniences that seem reasonable, and over time we realize that some things that seemed reasonable actually aren't, and vice versa, and adjust accordingly.

A lot of times those adjustments in reasonableness can seem obvious in hindsight, which can be embarrassing. So, maybe we can add "embarrassed" to the "angry" in my proposed word definition above. Embarrassment is nearly anger directed inward, anyway.

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March 31st, 2017
03:59 pm
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Fellowship of the Wild

WARNING: This is going to be a little spoilery about Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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March 29th, 2017
01:26 pm
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No Fooling

When somebody asks me what’s my favorite holiday, if I am given sufficient time to think about it, I end up settling on April Fool’s Day.*  I like pranks when I’m in on the joke, and April Fool’s is the day that you really have no one but yourself to blame when you forget what day it is.

Specifically, though, I love the internet on April Fool’s.  I like how many websites throw up alternate wacky versions of themselves.  It reminds me of the olden days of the “World Wide Web”, when most websites were written by enthusiastic amateurs and it showed; no best practices and no search optimization.  It was an awful time; anything that was good was only good by accident--but it has a quaint nostalgia.

That said, in this topsy-turvy world of alternate facts and of political incorrectness run amok, I worry that April first will seem too much like every other day so far this year.  Internet, prove me wrong.

*When somebody asks me what my favorite holiday is and wants an answer right away, I usually say Christmas, because during the holiday season I forget April Fool’s exists and I like presents.

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March 7th, 2017
05:59 pm
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Always Such a Pleasure
I know I shouldn't get used to this, but both days last weekend somebody called us up out of the blue and wanted to hang out.  It's pretty flattering to know that there's people out there who like us enough to just want to hang out at the house with us.  It's hard to believe!

I'm taking an entire week off for my birthday this year, which is pretty super-exciting.  Work has been rough and I'm glad I have plenty of vacation days to do something like this from time to time.

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Current Music: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Ambient noises (in game)

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March 5th, 2017
03:53 pm
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Ponderance
My understanding is that you really can have anything you want in this life, as long as you are willing to give up everything else in exchange for it.  The trick is deciding what you are truly comfortable giving up, and what truly makes you happy.

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03:27 pm
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Switch! *snap*

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild first impresssions:

In Breath of the Wild, Link has really unbelievable climbing ability, kind of like how Mario has his patently unbelievable jumping power.  It's incredible, both in the sense of not being credible and also in the sense of being wonderful.  Walls, trees, cliffs; Link can scale nearly everything in the game, and there are goodies and shortcuts to be had wherever you decide to climb.  The game has this intense verticality to it that encourages you to try to scale EVERYTHING, and it has an incredible freedom.

I feel like the climbing is a metaphor for the rest of the game.  That sense of freedom and exploration permeates everything.  It really does feel like a throwback to the original Legend of Zelda, except so much grander in scale.  Breath of the Wild feels like an extension of (and expansion of!) the design philosophy of Link Between Worlds, which is definitely the best Zelda game sinceLink to the Past... and maybe better thanLink to the Past.

I'll let you know if my opnion changes by the time I finish the game.

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Current Music: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Shrine (in game)
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