talkingsoup: (RP schizophrenia)
The time has come, my friends. I am a writer. I play Pokemon and other silly video games. I have participated in online LJ RP games. I have long discussions about various sci-fi shows and watch things like Star Trek, Farscape, Doctor Who and Firefly. I respect William Shatner. I watch anime with a somewhat religious fervor at times. I have conversations about the merits of certain weapons, the various histories and lifestyles of the Middle Ages, and complain about historical or logical inaccuracies in movies concerning the era. I have been to a Renn Faire. I have gone to sci-fi and fantasy cons, as well as anime cons. I read comic books, webcomics and manga. I play WoW. I collect Magic Cards. I'm an amateur astronomer and I listen to shortwave radio. I can readily quote Star Wars.

In short, I am a full blown nerd. And the time has now come to tackle the last bastion of nerddom, to venture into the fearsome, Mountain Dew-soaked, Cheeto-stained basement in the nether regions of the House of Nerd.

Yes, my friends. I speak of Dungeons and Dragons.

I am, as we speak, in the process of building a character and will soon start a campaign involving my similarly nerdy Ithaca friends. I am learning all about Spot Checks, Ability Modifiers, and D20s.

With this, I say my final farewell to the world of coolness, fashion and all semblance of sanity. Farewell, Lady Gaga, Eat, Pray, Love, 24, and True Blood. Goodbye, Justin Bieber and Louis Vuitton. Auf wiedersehn, mainstream media. To make a nerd quote, "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." I go now to the Land of Fun, the Plane of Silliness, and the House of Nerd, and never shall I return to hipness, coolness and popularity. Good night...and good luck.

Just be glad I'm not LARPing.

Wow, World

Oct. 24th, 2007 06:43 pm
talkingsoup: (dwayne and frank)
First of all I want to thank everyone who gave their sympathy when Shadow died. It means a lot to me. Especially Julie who got me flowers XOMGSQUEE I love that girl! It's easier now, but it's still weird and hurts to think that he's gone.

*sigh*

Anyway. So obviously there's been a lot of news the past week or so. Some good, some bad, some just LOL.

Like, I dunno, Dumbledore being GAY?

Muah-hahahaha! Oh man, can't you just feel the fundies' heads exploding?

I wish she'd put it in the book, though. I don't understand all these people who are saying "oh it's such an advancement for children's literature," because no, it's not, not unless you come right out and say it in the text. It's not enough to state it after the last book has come out--in fact, it's cheap.

But it's still fun news, lol.

Lots of less fun news, though. So, most people by now have heard about this Jena 6 issue. But I think that Jena 6 and all the publicity it's been getting has been a catalyst for something a lot bigger. Stuff like this is starting to crop up all over the country. Even in Ithaca.

Anyone who lives here--well, anyone who goes to college here, anyway--would tell you how crazy that is, because Ithaca is supposed to be this bastion of liberalness and equality and awesomeness in an area that's got an incredible reputation for racism and bigotry. But, nope. Turns out that Ithaca is no better than the little rural towns around it.

Pretty much what's been going on is, recently (within the last year that is) this high school girl was on the bus to school and was being harassed. Now, the girl was black and her harassers were white boys, I think. I guess it got to be enough of a disturbance that the bus driver, in an amazing display of racial equality, decided to put the girl--the victim--off the bus. That pretty much blew things up, and now there's an incredible degree of racial tensions in the Ithaca High School. It's gotten to the point that people are hanging nooses above black teacher's classrooms, and people who have friends across ethnic lines are no longer allowed to sit with those friends at lunch. There's a constant rumor circulating that there's going to be a school shooting.

It's been pretty amazing though, because the high schoolers rose up in response to all this bullshit and led a major protest against the whole thing. The school board has been dragging their feet and generally not helping at all, so lately people have been rallying at school board meetings on the subject to try and wake people up (the most recent one was last night). Ithaca townies and students/professors from the colleges have gotten involved too.

I haven't heard specifics, but I guess this is happening across the nation. I'm kind of worried for Foothill. Over the four years I was there you could just feel things getting progressively worse, with the administration cracking down, with fights happening more often, with divisions cropping up between races and most notably the burning down of one of the portable buildings, and also with the general lack of things for teenagers in Pleasanton to do. I really, really think that something awful is going to happen in Pleasanton in the next few years. Hell, if tensions are heating up across the nation, we could have a serious incident pretty soon.

The good that's coming out of this, though, like with the high schoolers in Ithaca, people are starting to become aware of the egregious inequalities and racism still present in this country. I guess people thought that those things had gone away with Civil Rights. Noooo, darlings. We've got a lot of work to do.

Oh, and meanwhile, California is burning to a crisp. Apparently because some jackass freakshow thought it would be a good idea to light some dead grass on fire. Whoever you are, you little shit, I hope you burn in your own fire for this. People are dying, homes are being destroyed, pets are being lost, and this little fuck obviously doesn't care.

The fires are nowhere near my house, so I'm not worried about my family or anything, but still. How can someone knowingly cause a natural disaster? How do you live with yourself?

*seethes*

And in the rest of the world, well, they're still killing monks in Burma, though of course we'll never know about exactly what's going on since they freaking cut off the Internet in the country. Any figures that come out will come from independent journalists or from the country itself, the latter of which certainly can't be trusted. Oh, and people are blowing themselves up in Pakistan again, and racial tensions are flaring in Turkey to the point that some people are considering invading Iraq. Hoo-boy.

So, general chaos, mayhem, death, doom, destruction. What else is new?

Well, at least the Red Sox have come back to the Series. Game 1 tonight. Haven't had much else to cheer about lately, so I'm excited.

Oh, and I'm rolling again on Mot. To the degree that I think I'll have it done before the end of the year. *crosses fingers*

And I have some new characters to introduce you to, eventually.
talkingsoup: (laugh at danger)
Thinking about music got me thinking further about character songs and such, so I figured I'd list all the one's I have here. There aren't many.

Mot:

Theme Song: Tubthumping by Chumbawumba
Kail: Breaking the Habit by Linkin Park
E: Amazed by Poe
Morgan: 2 AM (Breathe) by Anna Nalick
Hex: Deathly by Aimee Mann
Boone: I Wish I Was the Moon by Neko Case
Tagrang: Falling for the First Time by The Barenaked Ladies
Taenailo: Dirty Knife by Neko Case

Penta:

Theme Song: Nothing Else Matters by Apocalyptica
Rin: Wise Up by Aimee Mann
Triss: Walk the Walk by Poe


North:

Kaiyss: Allstar by Smash Mouth

Desert:

Sita Vey Naroji: Woman King by Iron and Wine

You Are Here:

Gecko: Must Be Dreaming by Frou Frou


And to be really nit-picky, Taenailo version 2.0, which is the Taenailo you meet in the next Mot book, is more befitting of the song I'm Still Here by Johnny Rzeznik.

Meme Time!

May. 3rd, 2007 04:45 pm
talkingsoup: (boding badly)
From [livejournal.com profile] toukenjen

Rules
1. Choose a few of your own characters. Five at the most.
2. Make them answer the following questions
3. Then tag three people.

Characters:
Kaz (from Pentagram), E and Kail (from Motley Crew), Kaiyss and Jaereiper (from Spirits).

...and then Kaz ate the interviewer )

Holy crap it's long!!

Do I know three people with characters? Hm...ah! [livejournal.com profile] gurmpy, [livejournal.com profile] calliopeeternal and [livejournal.com profile] marang, I choose YOU! Ready, go!
talkingsoup: (laugh at danger)
I never finished the character outlines for Spirits, did I?

Here it is:

And the rest of the usual suspects... )

Yep.

Chibi Drool

Aug. 8th, 2006 10:25 pm
talkingsoup: (L)
And then you have manga like Monster which has no swords, no shinigami, no monsters (well...), no anime-hair, no ninjas and no giant talking frogs. You've just got a fooking killer plot, awesome drawings, and a most-most excellent handle on tension and suspense. The fourth one finally came out today, and I haven't read it yet, but I WILL.

Mostly because I spent the evening reading Descendants of Darkness, um, 7, 8 and 9 I think. Borders has such a poor selection of the series I thought I might as well clean them out at least halfway. Now that I have 4, the rest of the volumes are on Borders's shelves, so there's no worries--so long as I get my sticky manga fangirl paws on them before some other squealy annoying thing.

Oh man, oh man, I love that manga. Tsuzuki is so freaking adorable. And Hisoka, Tatsumi and Watari are love. It was a bit weird, because volumes 4, 5, and 6 were relatively lighthearted and all kinds of sweet, and these recent ones were all kinds of dark. I feel so bad for Tsuzuki. And I thought Hisoka had problems. Muraki, meanwhile, is evil as ever, despite the brief glimpse into his past, and the bastard just won't die which he really needs to do because he's tortured poor Tsuzuki and Hisoka long enough. Hmph.

Yes. Well. Anyway. I wouldn't have gone to the bookstore if it hadn't been on my way home from Liz's job. She was babysitting and needed something, so I delivered "it" to her (yes, Julie, the ambiguous "it!" That one thing, at that one place, at that one time, and so on, lol). She babysits to chibis. *koff* Children. The girl is four, the boy I think is around one. I ran out and got lunch, we ate in the park and then I hung out with Liz until the mom came home. I got baby drool on me. Which has the same effect on me as all other kinds of drool. Ugh. (Some people have problems with blood, other people have problems with vomit, me, I have problems with saliva. Go figure.).

Ah, yes. I promised a bit of an outline of the Spirits story. Just to warn you, I don't know that much yet. I don't even know whether it's set here or in an alternate universe. But oh well. For now it's the characters I'm interested in. Here's what I know:

Spirits. And stuff. )

Those descriptions stole all my wind.

I'm working on Mot again, and the recent Boone scene was pretty sweet. Things are starting to move again. I'll have them off to Larotha in no time.

Pretty much all that's left now is J. She comes next. Nya-ha-ha-ha-ha...

Yus!!

Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:06 pm
talkingsoup: (squee!)
I have found Boone's song!

I Wish I Was the Moon, Neko Case. Only my favorite song ever, and it fits him perfectly.

God bless me I'm a free man
With no place free to go...


I'm so tired
I wish I was the moon tonight.


Only a few of my characters have songs:

Kail--Breaking the Habit, Linkin Park.

Hex--Deathly, Aimee Mann

Taenailo--Dirty Knife, Neko Case

E's song might be Haunted or Control by Poe, but I'm not sure. And Kaiyss and Fox are a lot alike, so their songs would be bouncy--I'm sure Jerk It Out by the Caesars fits one of them, I'm just not sure which. Probably Kaiyss...

This is so much fun. I'm easily amused.

^_^

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