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It's St. Patrick's Day, so in preparation for whiny 'Irish-Americans' (heh) being creepy and pretending they're in any way even loosely Irish, or telling me that I should be grateful that they funded my country's civil conflict (because I - should thank people for paying for my countrymen to die, I suppose?), I have prepared some gifs of people rolling their eyes.

Eyerolling.Collapse )

These don't quite adequately express my disdain, but what does, what does.

Also, it's my father's birthday. So that's nice too.

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It would be gauche for me to be smug over Ireland winning the Six Nations. Again.

...



So gauche.

EDIT: As Bethan has just pointed out to me, more important than Ireland winning - we made sure that England lost. England must always lose the Six Nations.

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A meme, nabbed from [personal profile] ashen_key, because I've been pretty low these past few weeks.

One little compliment can make you feel amazing. So give me a compliment, anything in the entire world, even that my shoelaces are pretty. Put this in your journal. And once you get some comments, put that entry in a memory or tag and when you are feeling down, just go to that entry and this will remind you how great you are.

Don't forget to post this in your own journal so I can compliment you, too!


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Okay, I have a backlog of about three topics from that December topics meme, so let's do them all at once.

December 17: Being Irish in England.Collapse )

December 18: Rabbits.Collapse )

December 20: Being a bartender.Collapse )

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A second memo for LoK fic authors.

Dear LoK fic authors:

Korra is unlikely to exclaim 'My Lord' or 'Good Lord' as a general exclamation. When people go 'Good Lord, that was a long trip' or suchlike they're referring to the Judeo-Christian god, who does not exist in the Avatar world.

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Haass.

So, I've been rambling a lot in various places about the Richard Haass talks in Northern Ireland. Usually without context. So here's some context!

So much context.Collapse )

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December 10: Height.

Just - just pretend it's December 10, okay. I was given this topic to do on December 10.

So, yeeeaaah, I am a bit taller than average. In the 'sometimes I still crash into doorframes' sense. And the question was mostly on the advantages/disadvantages of that.

Well, disadvantages: Doorframes! They're too short. Not by much, but by enough that there's scraping and crashing involved. Also, cars. Generally, anything that involves small ceilings. Also: Clothes. It is difficult to find clothes for someone my height, and more difficult to find clothes for someone my height that aren't insanely broad and make me look like I'm wearing a vast shapeless cloak.


A pictoral representation of clothes from Big and Tall.


Also, Sric is about 5'5", and when there's over a foot of difference in height it means I'm pretty much not allowed to punch him even if he does things like try to claim that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist.

Advantages: Looming! Looming is great fun! Reaching shelves! Looming! Pretty much limited to the looming.

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December 08: Worldbuilding.

Aaaaaaaaaa. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

I haven't worldbuilt for a while, but it's something I enjoy. Probably one of the earliest worlds I made that wasn't a Generic European Fantasy Setting was Kazic III, Atton's millicanonical homeworld. It's the third planet of a binary star system, but the suns weren't visible on the surface. Instead, it was covered in crystalline clouds that absorb sunlight and heat without letting much of the latter through through (during the cold season, where the skies are luminescent gold, red, pink and orange) and then periodically go through phases of venting it during a warm season (during which the skies are purple, blue and black), with each lasting years or decades.

Also, humans were at the bottom of the food chain there - it was a planet with no herbivorous life, only photovores, calovores and carnivores - and everything was out to get them.

Which sounds like it should have been inspired by Westeros with its long seasons - it was actually inspired by Relto, an age from Uru: Ages Beyond Myst. Relto is your home age, an island floating above clouds (or possibly a very tall spire of rock) in a sky that had light, but no sun.

I do occasionally go on worldbuilding sprees, but not all that often. The last time I sort-of tried was 'What would the world of A Song of Ice and Fire be like as a sci-fi universe?' in which the Lannisters were the heads of LannisCorp, an intergalactic banking conglomerate that also owned Lannis-Sec, a private security army in the style of Blackwater; and the Dothraki were space pirates, while Daenerys' dragons were three ancient sapient spacecraft.

So there's that.

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December 03: Gaming.

Pursuant to this meme.

So, I've been given the topic of gaming. Yis. Stuff.

So I got into video gaming in the late nineties, shortly after emigrating (pre-Tiger Ireland is not the best place to game) with PC point-and-click adventure games. I think my first ones, which I played with my sister and father, were Broken Sword, The Last Express and Myst, all of which were - to varying degrees old games at the time. None of them ancient, really, except maybe Myst.

I think there's a tendency of gamers to gravitate towards the kind of games they initially cut their teeth on - which might explain why so many people adore FPS games (I've heard them described as 'the only real video games' before, even) even though I find them, with a few exceptions such as Bioshock Infinite (which I loved), to be dull, dull, unspeakably dull. I got my start on point-and-click games, and the general point-and-click experience of talking to people, gathering clues, figuring things out and enjoying a strong storyline is something that crops up in most games I like, which is probably why I'm a big fan of RPGs like KOTOR, Mass Effect and Dragon Age, and why I also enjoy games like Assassin's Creed or Dishono(u)red, where you're often forced to think strategically.

After those three, later games that took my attention early were things like Star Trek: Borg, which is more of an interactive film; Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast, a hack and slash game; the Myst sequels, things like that. My first RPG was Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and I absolutely adored it - and still do.

I'm not a big film-goer or - actually, I am a big TV watcher, but for long stretches of time I wasn't, and I increasingly find that my novel reading is limited to things I am really interested in or trashy Mills and Boon romance novels, so. Gaming is a consistent hobby for me, and it annoys me when people talk about it 'starting to become an art form' or ask if video games are art. Video games have always been an art form - the fact that games where you run around brown-grey environments shooting people don't change that, any more than the existence of books with covers of blurry children crouched in the corner and titles like 'PLEASE MOTHER NO MORE' invalidate literature, or The Blind Side, blight on cinema that it is, invalidates films. By involving the audience as a direct participant, and providing often quite open worlds to explore, a game can weave a story in ways that a film can't. The same is true of any form of art, really: Each medium provides its own advantages to storytelling.

So, yeah. Stuff. Most recent game I played was Assassin's Creed 4, which I finished today. I enjoyed it a lot. By the end I was even sort of enjoying all the tailing (so much tailing).

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Here's a meme.

Which I believe I took from [personal profile] wanderlustlover.

The basic schtick is - comment and pick a date, and give me a topic to talk about or a question. The topic can really be anything, although my response will likely be brief. Or not brief. It depends on a lot of factors.

December 03 - [profile] ladybols Gaming.
December 04 -
December 05 -
December 06 -
December 07 -
December 08 - [personal profile] ashen_key World building.
December 09 -
December 10 - [personal profile] herr_bookman Height.
December 11 -
December 12 -
December 13 -
December 14 -
December 15 -
December 16 -
December 17 - [personal profile] yakalskovich Being Irish in England.
December 18 - [personal profile] ashen_key Rabbits.
December 19 -
December 20 - [personal profile] ceitfianna Being a bartender.
December 21 -
December 22 -
December 23 -
December 24 -
December 25 -
December 26 -
December 27 -
December 28 - [personal profile] cameoflage Animals which are not to be trusted.
December 29 -
December 30 -
December 31 -

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