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September 14th, 2017
09:43 pm
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Special Thanks

I just realized my name is in the credits of a Playstation 4 game.

...Shit!

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September 13th, 2017
11:19 am
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Harumph

I'm not good at working up the courage to convince people to listen to my ideas unless they have directly asked for my opinion on a topic.

That's a problem.

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August 25th, 2017
03:09 pm
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On Cons

Enthusiast conventions are among the best things in the world, and it's sad to me that I just started attending them after my apathy toward journalling kicked in.  I should scroll through my last few years and see if I’ve mentioned any of the conventions we’ve been to.

We went to Gen Con 50 last week, and it was in all ways incredible.

We've been to four Gen Cons, and this year we were thinking we would definitely go to the Big 50, but that maybe we would switch it out for other cons after then.  But halfway through, we were already reconsidering.  Board games are our bread and butter, and Gen Con is nearly the king of board game conventions. (Theoretically, it was originally a wargame and roleplaying game convention, but it soaked up the board game renaissance)  Practically anywhere you walk, you can sit down and watch or even join in on a game of some kind.  Important People come and revel in being One Of Us.  Kickstarters show off their new games.  The air is abuzz.  You can soak in the geekiness.  Game conventions don't have as many cosplayers per capita as anime conventions, but the ones who show are so high quality.  You can be YOU at Gen Con, and as long as you aren't a jerk you won't be judged.  This is the world I want to live in.

So, of course, the week after Gen Con it's time to sign up for Naka-Kon, Overland Park's anime convention.  Naka-Kon is more focused on anime and Japanese games than Gen Con is on RPGs and Board Games, but it's still a wonderful place to be yourself and especially to binge on the new trends in anime.  They have a fun secondary focus on video game music: we've seen Nobuo Uematsu in concert there twice.  It also happens to crop up each year on or about my birthday, so I have special nostalgia for it.  We've been to Naka-Kon five years in a row, and it will be our sixth year in 2018.  This year, we were considering maybe switching it out for other cons...  I think we're just going to have to steel ourselves for going to a third con.

The only downside to conventions, besides having to leave, is Con Crud.  Stephie and I got hit by it hard when we got back to Columbia.  That said, it waited to strike until the afternoon after the eclipse was over, so at least our nerdy germs were generous to us.

I suppose I should mention the eclipse, since it was a once-in-a-lifetime event?  August 21st, 2017, the moon completely obscured the sun over Columbia, MO, plunging us into a midday twilight for a little over two minutes.  We went to a festival.  It was very pretty.  It wasn't a Con, though.

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August 7th, 2017
10:34 am
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Organs of Coordination
I took today off to rest and recharge.  I'm down in my basement, copying our music CDs to our media library, straining out the best video game music on You Tube, putting the finishing touches on cataloging the latest anime we've polished off, while considering how to document loan for the roof replacement we're about to order.  And I feel completely at peace.

At my heart, I am an organizer.  A coordinator.  A documentor.  A collector.  Even my journal is about collating my own thoughts and feelings.  Boxing things is my center.  In another life, if I weren't cut out for programming, I would have ended up as a librarian.

...I spent a lot of time in libraries as a child, which is something I cherished.  I've grown to prefer my personal libraries, and the infinite libraries of the internet, but the concept of a physical, public library has always appealed to me.  One day, I hope, other people will use the collections I have curated.

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Current Music: Spirit - Grounseed (on YouTube)

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August 3rd, 2017
03:22 pm
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Random Thoughts

Strive to be friends with people who are nicer, smarter, cooler, richer, sexier, and friendlier than you are.  Then, take notes when you are around them.  If you are lucky, some of it will rub off on you.

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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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