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I know I haven't used this in a long time. But important note: Check your account settings here. There's an issue going around with LJ enabling automatic payment on journals that didn't have them turned on.

Also, does anyone have a Dreamwidth account I can follow them on? Mine is here.

While I've been inactive on my personal account, I've been using LJ for roleplaying, using roleplaying accounts. But for assorted reasons, I don't feel so comfortable using LJ anymore. I know I won't be giving them any more of my money, and I'll pretty much be only sticking around if there's no other option for keeping up on particular people. (Not that I'm one to talk on this front, with how I've completely fallen out of contact.)

Pink back in pink, shining aquatiic

I missed you guys, simply enough. For many of you, Livejournal is the only regular contact I have with you. So hello again, you special sparkly beings.

No promises about posting, but I'll be in more regular contact (commenting more on your entries and all that).

Hiyas

I'm back on Livejournal more or less. Going to stop stressing about this thing and just have fun. Forget making the perfect posts, the perfect comments, whatever.

I first started this journal as a way of recording my feelings and whatnot. But over time it's become more of a social thing. With my absence from LJ, I've been cut off from people I don't have much contact with by other methods. And honestly, I've missed that contact. So, hello again.

Ugh. Mice.

The mouse running around in my room's increasingly pissing me off. Those 'humane' traps my roommate use are useless. I'm seriously considering getting something lethal and putting it in my room.

Look, I know those mice didn't really ask for it, they're just trying to live and all, but they're really causing problems in this house.

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Random polymorphfoldings

Dangerously angelic cats did therefore sing a beat, and it was gone with all lamentations.
And it was beauty, ringing out until the eyes ran with blood, crying joyfully.
Rainbows sharpened raining prismatic needles, until the sky fell piece by piece sprinkling fragile shatterings.
Reaching up to the sky, touching it until the warp and weave wrapped around ones hand, the cloud twirling into spiral maelstroms spinning out into the infinite.
Void-mice, eyes full and vastly empty glowing with would-not-bes, drifted quietly watching nestling each other.

Folding@home on PS3s

Those of you with Playstation 3's might find this interesting. Essentially, there's a client out that will enable your PS3 to perform equal to a supercomputer at calculating protein folding and such, allowing you to essentially donate your PS3s for the raw number-crunching of protein-related medical research.

The fun part: Sony actually developed this version of the Folding@home client, and it's available for official download on the PS3 itself.

The Main FAQ here explains what the Folding@home project is all about. There're clients available for other computing platforms as well (Windows, OS X, and Linux).
So, I read a lot of Japanese comics. I do mean a lot. For an assortment of reasons (availability via certain sources online being one--I'm poor).

I run across a lot of stuff I'm just tired of. A lot of stuff with somewhat interesting premise that flat-out ruin it by thrusting tedious cliches in.

Example: A comics about cats having territorial struggles. Could've easily been interesting, whether it's done with full-out cats, or with catboys/catgirls. But this one I took a peek at just because of the premise had a magical collar everyone's trying to get, all kinds of silly powers, the Ultimate Wild Cat or whatever, a breed 'more wild than the norm', and the concept of a power-up just by tearing off ones collar. Essentially, it's a bunch of boring silly manga tropes with cat ears/tails tacked on.

Another example: a comic about a fairly nice person trying not to turn into a human-eating ogre. Except that it became increasingly evident that the creator was just following the typical Shounen Jump formula (i.e. Naruto/Bleach). I quit reading about the time the main character got tossed into the Underground Training Ground for a Training Ordeal.

On the other hand, there's some series that seem to somehow manage to pull off utter ridiculousness. Others reuse those tropes in a way that's at least somewhat passably tolerable, and their execution's at least enjoyable. But what I really want is the strange stuff. I'll enjoy some of the less 'out there' stuff, but it often isn't my favorite.

And while there're definite trends both visual and story/character wise in the stuff I've seen, there're some fairly different works. I've really liked a number of those. Stuff like Tekkon Tinkreet, Uzumaki, My Street (this one is Korean), Sexy Voice and Robo...

So, let's see. I wouldn't mind recommendations, actually. Not just Japanese comics, any kind of comics online or offline will do. Webcomics as well as printed comics.

I like surreality--not the bland "Look! Talking penguin, gamer girl, Satan as roommate!" crap found in so many webcomics, but more of a dreamy or hallucinative quality. I want stuff that arouse intense emotions in me just by their visuals, especially. FLCL, Kageoru, Listening to 11.975MHz, Tekkon Tinkreet, Milk Closet. (Not necessarily constantly trippy, but frequently so.)

I tend to like a certain macabre touch (thus my interest in the 'nice guy trying not to turn into flesh-eating oni' premise mentioned above and annoyance at its disappointing execution). Anything by Junko Mizuno, Higurashi no Naki Koro ni, Hellsing, stuff with amusingly grisly carnage or morbid outlooks. A number of the 'gothy' comics out there simply disinterest me, but Serenity Rose's an exception.

Perhaps the ultimate fusion for me would be cute, macabre, and surreal. The game Yume Nikki manages to combine all those elements as an example. Another example, Junko Mizuno's stuff is cute and macabre and often a little strange (a giant pig that sells meat cut off himself, Cinderalla wishing to become a zombie so she can join her beloved undead musician named Prince, just most anything in Pure Trance, and so on).

There're other sorts of comics I like, but those tend to be the types of comics I most want more of. I also wouldn't mind recommendations of movies/series/games/whatever in a similar vein. And, frankly, I'll sacrifice general quality in a number of aspects for something that stimulates me enough (though well-executed surrealism has its own challenges). This crazy shit energizes me. It's mental food for me. It fills my head with imagery. It excites me. I love it.

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Gaming itches...

I just quit my Tuesday gaming group. The basic premise was that there would be several GMs all rotating active duty and running a different game every day. However, lately I had just one player sustaining constant interest in the settings and such I liked to make. One single constant, dependable player who would come week after week and play anything I ran, without complaining about not liking it.

It doesn't help that the player who created precisely the kind of character I wanted to see for one of my games (an eerie floating telepathically speaking god of forgotten things with bound limbs) had already left. I enjoyed some of their characters probably the most in the games we played in this group.

So now I want to do something. For an example, take Chant. Chant's a setting that's been in my mind for a while. It exists in a very uncertain way, built upon the walls of a seemingly infinite chasm formed within the mind of a now dead boy. Any minute, it could vanquish, and indeed, there're some working to keep it from doing so. For it's home to an assortment of squatters often too odd and misfit to fit elsewhere. It's got some fairly good interdimensional connections, making it useful for trade, but in terms of residence, it's pretty much undesirable. It's like sitting your city upon a volcano everyone knows might erupt any day, even if it's in prime trading position. So, lots of assorted transisent traders, but the permanent residents tend to be those with little to lose or who simply don't find reality itself disappearing underneath them a major problem.

Architecture was both highly vertical and subterranean--basically cliff dwellings with colorful building fronts stacked and stacked upon each other with long continuous stretches of balconies essentially forming the 'sidewalks' of the city, while the gap between the two facing (seemingly) endless walls were the street. Primary transportation methods: flight, walking, and elevators as well as trolleys gliding along some of the railings. Construction highly irregular due to no central planning.

In terms of technologies/magic, it was a mishmash of influences from multiple dimensions as well as some people who just can do weird stuff.

Two example NPCs for the game I ran, of native Chantians:
A plain brown-haired woman, in a brown suit, with brown glasses, with an inky black oozing hole in the palm of her hand.
A giant fangy frog-like creature named Crunchie-Susie, with an obsession for making pretty robots. As in white roundish shelled ones with lots of pink or purple decorative touches (curls and swirls and such).

Probably the single most cool PC from the game I ran was that god of forgotten things. Pretty much exactly the kind of thing I wanted to see.

Her description: "V'alei is a young girl, floating in the air, legs, arms, entire body, bound together by strong silver and black binds leaving no skin below her neck visible...the bonds are mystical in nature, leaving her unable to open
or even move her limbs. That which is not bound appears to be a leather-black-silver outfit, alternating patterns all over. The binds appear to lack any opening, leaving the question of how she gets out of it. Her skin, that which is showing, is pale with dark black tattoo-markings on it. Her face is young, innocent, cute¬Ö.ears long and pointed back, deep obsidian orbs rest in her head, silver pupils shining out."

One of her primary powers was to know anything that's been completely forgotten. Very excellent for archaeological purposes, heh.

So. Now that I've quit this Tuesday group (they were friends or friends of friends, but apparently not exactly with common interests in subject matters for gaming), I've been thinking of maybe running something to take its place. Something set in Chant, possibly. I'm also generally interested in any particularly fun games that others might be running.

Yes, I am looking for players. Probably real-time online (i.e. chats or another such mechanism), though if there's enough demand for play-by-post I will consider it.

To Advertisers on the Internet

Those of you advertisers who use shitty popups and nasty malware're ruining it for the rest of the advertisers. I have no problems with advertising in general, but there're certain behaviors making me reach for the ad-blocker though generally just to block the specific sites/scripts harassing me. This hurts the sites using advertising to support themselves, and it hurts the more well-behaved advertisers.

Not that any of them will read this. Just venting, really.

Tales of a Social Moth

In large part, I'm inherently socially flaky to some extent, I think. Socialization is something I do for brief periods in between moments of extreme absorption. I often like having a general sense of people around but don't always feel like interacting directly with them. I do try, though, as thanks to those people who accept my sporadic interaction.

As an aside, I think this is a really cute icon. I seem to live for the fusion of the adorable and the warped, creepy or simply mutated.

Gasmask face! For some reason I love that name.