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January 1st, 2016
01:53 am
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And One Last Thing
This isn't part of my normal New Years' Meme, but I thought it might be a good idea to list the anime Stephanie and I have watched together over the year. It's a rather small list this year, but we plan to make it larger next year!  The bolded ones are ones I've seen before, but were new to her.

Anime we completed this year:
Cardcaptor Sakura (and the first movie)
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Sasami-san @ Ganbaranai
Haibane Renmei
Photo Kano
The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat

Anime we started this year:
Cowboy Bebop
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Code Geass
Psycho Pass
One Punch Man

I could totally get used to this, writing out journal entries while my sleepy sweetie sleeps next to me.  Just gotta stay committed and come up with something to write about.

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Title Theme - Mario Kart 8 (in my head)
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01:37 am
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As the Years Turn
Annual Meme Below the Cut!Collapse )

Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: Love Is Strange - Buddy Holly
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November 4th, 2015
12:40 pm
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Amuse-bouche
I bought a new TV today for the living room!  Once it's delivered, our TV shows will be that much showier and our video games will be that much gamier.  But this isn't a story about the TV per se...

I have a Discover card, and one of the credit card's features is an online deals shop.  I noticed they have a % cashback deal on BestBuy.com, and we like their delivery service, so I figured that would be a good thing to do.  So, I logged into Discover.com, clicked through the link on Discover Deals to Best Buy, magicked our preferred TV into the shopping cart, and entered my credit card information.

Immediately, I got a text from Discover saying they noticed suspcious activity on my account and declined the last transaction.  Of course, it was the TV.  I had to sign back into Discover.com to confirm that I was really the person who attempted the payment, and THEN I had to go back to BestBuy.com and resubmit the payment for the order.  Fortunately, that was a relatively painless process, but still:

Discover flagged a purchase I made that was literally a link from their secure website.

Technology... baby steps.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Yoshi's Island - Level Select (in my head)
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October 9th, 2015
08:01 am
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Booyah!
I see your mass-produced sports team apparel, and I RAISE you my fictional sports apparel!

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: Undertale - MEGALOVANIA (in my head)
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October 6th, 2015
04:04 pm
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Blogging
I knew I was in trouble when I started toying with using Facebook as a blogging device.  Maybe this is an outlet I need again.  It's sad that none of my old crew are around to listen on the other end of the tin can, but ultimately that's not what a journal is about either!

I've updated my profile, and mostly future-proofed it.  I kept most of the old verbiage, but it sounds so pretentious now.  I'm not saying it didn't sound pretentious before, but I suspect I was a more pretentious person five years ago.  ...I'll keep picking at it.

Livejournal has a "User Rating" now, that shows you how popular you are on the site.  Only one of my old friends has posted in the last year; I just started posting again this week.  Yesterday, I was in the 15,000s.  Today, I am 14,321.  This site must be a ghost town!  Fortunately, that doesn't matter as much as it used to, since commenters can sign in via Facebook.  There are other ways to log into Livejournal too, but I'm too old for Twitter (or old-fashioned? or maybe just asocial? one of those), and none of the other ones matter.

To kickstart this whole updating thing, I'll start with the basics.  For instance, the video games I've been playing in the last year.

So what have I been playing this year?Collapse )

Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Undertale - It's Raining Somewhere Else
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07:57 am
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Interjection
I convinced a coworker to buy Undertale.  Sweet!

(It was easy, because they are a Homestuck fan.  But STILL.)

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Undertale - Spider Dance (in my head)
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October 5th, 2015
03:57 pm
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Hmm, How Does This Work Again? Let's Give It a Try...
It's still hard to reflect on the fact that I'm totally an adult.  Not that it's a problem!  I've come to accept a great many things about myself since I started blogging... *checks*  ...Good lord, 12 years ago?  I know my blog has lain fallow for a few years, but still.  Yes, I've changed a ton, but maybe I can still get some value out of writing to the darkness.

This has been an eventful year! Nearly twelve months ago now, Stephanie and I moved from an apartment into an amazing house.  We have space to display all of our stuff, nooks and crannies with closable doors, places for the cats to run around.  Having a mortgage is stressful but exciting.

We went for quite a few months without real computers, too, because both of ours bit the dust shortly after moving.  Inconvenient coincidences!  So building new computers was another fun thing I did this year, along with putting together a bunch of furniture and figuring out how lawn mowers work.  But, we've been slowly settling in and making the place our own.  If you can find my facebook, there are some pictures of the new place.

With the release of 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons, I also started up a new D&D campaign.  We've completed 20 sessions now, over the course of 10 months.  There is a strange kind of fun in being a Dungeon Master, even though it can also be more stressful than paying a mortgage!

That said, life is good and I am happy.  Next, to update my profile page...

Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: Undertale - Reunited
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September 23rd, 2015
03:06 pm
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Undertale, the Spoiler-free Review
I suppose if anything would get me blogging again, it would be a videogame. 

Undertale is a terribly difficult game to review.  It needs to stand on the things that set it apart from the pack, but most of those things are the surprises that mustn't (MUSTN'T!) be spoiled.  The official description doesn't explain much, and the release trailer almost explains too much.  I've been reading a ton of the reviews of the game online, and I feel like I have something to say about it too.  So, I'm going to try to convince you that Undertale is worth your attention while leaving as much detail out of it as I can.

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Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Heartache - Undertale
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January 1st, 2015
12:52 am
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Happy New Year Meme
The Survey of the Year!Collapse )

Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: New Years Celebration on the TV
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April 1st, 2014
09:02 am
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Pokemon
So, over the past decade, I've sporadically been working on completing the Pokedex to Pokemon FireRed.  Yesterday, I evolved an Omastar and collected the last non-legendary Pokemon, granting me a completion notice and a diploma.

I have 383 of the 386 possible 3rd Generation Pokemon, and I'm missing the following:
Lugia (can be collected in Pokemon XD)
Celebi (only available from events Nintendo did in 2004 or 2005)
Deoxys (only available via the Aurora Ticket, available from events Nintendo did in 2005 or 2006)

I'm so close, and yet so far!

Yes, I've stared Pokemon XD.  Lugia is the prize for beating the game and doing pretty much everything it asks you to accomplish.  We'll see if I can pull it off; then I'll literally have collected all the 3rd Gen Pokemon you can catch in the games outside of events.  At that point, I'll probably make a Facebook post to see if anybody knows anybody who played Pokemon in 2006 but didn't migrate their legendary Pokemon into Diamond/Pearl.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Pokemon FireRed - Gym (in my head)
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