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Saturday, December 26th, 2009
2:25 pm
I didn't get any sleep during the night before Christmas, so I was pretty much a zombie the entire day. Yay.

Other than that it wasn't bad.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2009
3:24 pm - You win this time, meme...
Ok, ok, here goes:

The first seven (7) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year (2009).
- No requests-- it could be anything. It may be a mix CD. It may be a poem.
I may draw or paint something.
I might bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows?
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch is that if you don't re-post this offer, the bargain is void!

Comments are screened, leave your address, although some gifts may be easier to send electronically.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
12:06 am

What's he going to do for the rest of his term?

Well, I guess there's the economy and that Iraq War thing...

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009
5:11 pm - Oh god
Help! I've spent the last three weeks trapped in a cellar after my robot clone rebelled against me. I think Y2K came 9 years late or something? Anyway now he's pretending to be me and saying I don't exist and he's taken over my life! You have to stop him! I don't know how much time I have, he'll figure out I've escaped soon and

There have been some technical difficulties, but they are now resolved. Please ignore any abnormalities that occurred.

Love, your benevolent AI master.

current mood: everything is fine

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Friday, January 16th, 2009
2:47 am - HAH!
Take THAT, Diablo. You're next, Baal.

Yes I know Diablo II came out eight and a half years ago shut up.

current mood: bouncy

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Saturday, April 26th, 2008
5:28 am - The tongue is delicious / oh how the tides have turned.
It's almost 5:30 am and I'm still awake! LIKE THE MOON.

I almost certainly ought to be in bed though. Which I will now go do. I am certain the grammar there doesn't make sense but blergh.

Not that I will be sleeping for long.

The important thing is my printer prints so that's a problem solved and I can look forward to a sleep-deprived long haul tomorrow.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
3:52 am - The League of Supernatural Gentlemen / Her Majesty's World of Darkness
While I enjoy roleplaying, I've never run a game, except for a single L5R adventure as part of a rotating GM system. Yet somehow I have found myself conscripted into running a game this weekend for the OURS Roleplaying Tournament. They were short one game and I made the mistake of mentioning that while I've never done it before I wouldn't mind giving it a go. The really bad part is that the idea I have is a crossover with all five of the new World of Darkness supernaturals (Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, Changeling and Promethean). So not only do I have to plot out an entire one-shot adventure and create characters, I have to make sure I have a firm grasp on the WoD rules AND on five different systems of mechanics for various supernatural powers, as well as balancing them all, in the space of a single week. Should be fun!

The worst one will be the Mage. Everyone else has "this power does this," but Mages insist on being complicated. Because it's magic.

current mood: overcome

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Monday, April 21st, 2008
12:56 am - Don't objectify me!
I may have made it known before that I feel New Years resolutions are a load of crap. They might work fine for some people, and good for them, but to me the New Years seems very arbitrary, and I find I prefer to change whenever I feel inspired to. I've tried resolutions in the past, but they don't seem to hold.

But nonetheless, sometimes I do want to make a change in my life, and end up completely failing to. Day-to-day plans have failed me, in fact, most plans of any type have failed me, even the contingency plans. So I've decided it would be useful to instead give myself monthly goals. These will give me things to focus on and act as a motivating force while still giving myself enough leeway that I don't require every day to follow a particular regimen.

SO! By the end of April I shall:
-Finish painting all of my Trollblood Warlocks, as well as my Krielstone Bearers, as part of a long-term goal to have a fully painted army for TagCon.
-Start working on the Blender tutorials. I'd aim to finish them, except I have no idea how long they'll realistically take, but I'll definitely put the effort in.
-Go for a walk to the water reservoir at least once a week.
-Purchase a new set of drawing or writing implements to replace the ones that have disappeared.
-Upload photos to here and Facebook.
-Rewrite my painfully out of date LJ profile.

It is a simple list, I admit, but I'll add to it as I think of more, and there's not much of this month left. I figure it's a good start though. If this works out, I'll keep doing it in the future, adding ambitions to achieve. Though who knows? I've failed terribly at setting goals for myself in the past.

current mood: determined

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
1:57 am - Stuart's alive?!!!
Tonight we watched Flash Gordon. Basically, whenever we have a roleplaying night at Matt's that we don't end up roleplaying on, we watch classic movies instead. We also watched The Princess Bride, although I've seen that before, but still, any evening that involves two movies I'm willing to call productive.

We also kinda discussed character creation stuff a bit maybe.

I've been playing No More Heroes (which I coincidentally bought the day it came out), and I love it. I've also had time to play a bit of Killer 7 at Troy's place, which is also neat, so overall I'm becoming quite fond of Suda51's work. I'll admit both games have technical faults, but they make up for it with inventiveness and style. I'm willing to accept a few flaws just to experience something that breaks from the norm. Scenes like this are worth it.

current mood: bored

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
11:30 pm - Prisoner of War
We succeeded in freeing Don Pedro. Then we put him back after discovering he was horrible, and swore never to unleash him upon the world again.

It was a fantastically fun party. We played Circle of Death, and considering I was drunk before we even started, I ended up drinking a lot. But I'm sure I contributed less to the effort than most. Guitar Hero was played, shirts were removed, terrible jokes were told. Photos were taken.

Cameras will need to be destroyed.

I'm going to Christchurch with Ian and Carla tomorrow and coming back Tuesday. I wasn't going to go up if I had to bus, because it's just not worth $70 to be there for three days, but now that I have a lift I'm all for it.

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Sunday, February 17th, 2008
9:16 pm - On the invention of blueprints
TOMORROW the world will be mine. I shall be the Czar of my own private domain, the ruler of dreams and ambitions. I shall charge them for a penny and then sell the pennies for gold. All of this, TOMORROW.

This evening's agenda:
-Clear away rubble and rabble
-Peruse the catalogue of magical armaments
-Make this land anew

Everything written here is the truth.

Beware the Caterpillar Man.

current mood: brain

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Monday, February 4th, 2008
4:03 am - I've been watching documentaries.
Science is so badass.

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
3:43 am - Postapocalyptic Postman
Firefox and Livejournal have made poor bedfellows for quite a while now and I shake my fist at their constant squabbling. Grrr.

Anyway, I've been hidernating, with a great many things to get around to that have been lying stale for weeks, but for now the morning comes and that is when I slumber. Soon, though... oh yes, very soon, the revelations shall come. And they shall be mediocre, but at least I'll have scribed something.

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Saturday, January 12th, 2008
11:42 pm - Lunar devotion
God damn the moon is fucking awesome.

You'd better like the moon, or I'll have to come 'round to your house and kick your ass.

current mood: FUCK YEAH THE MOON

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
1:15 am - Life of the party
I have e-mails, comments and entries that I am well overdue to respond to, and I apologise. I've had a completely unbusy day and hoped to make an effort to catch up, but my mood has been in a downward spiral and I've gotten nothing done. I'll go to bed and hopefully be in a better mood for it tomorrow.

current mood: depressed

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Monday, January 7th, 2008
3:51 pm - Denied!
It seems fate has foiled every attempt at fun I've made today, so I'm doing this instead. Roleplaying isn't on tonight, Anthony wasn't able to come over, and my computer has decided to cease recognising that it has CD and DVD drives, while at the same time acknowledging that they're there. All I wanted to do was play Portal.

So I'll piss around on the internet for a while and then resume trying to fix/wreck my computer.

current mood: angry

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2:43 am - Pointless bitchy rant, number whatever.
I've returned from Christchurch, and while this feeling has been growing over time, I can now fully conclude that the city is a total hole. Anthony and I were discussing this tonight, and we both agreed that it's a city too large for itself. It's not a large city in the way that one thinks of New York as a city. I'm not even sure if it has any buildings above ten storeys. It's just a large expanse of suburbia with a city in the middle to support it, and there's simply not enough there for the population to really thrive on.

I feel it is a city that ignores its youth at best, and demonises them at worst. I don't necessarily think that the place hates young people, but rather they simply don't know what to do with them. It is a rather cultured city, which spends quite a bit in supporting its heritage and the arts, but the end result is that it's a city geared towards adults, and there's very little for teenagers to actually do. So these kids end up out on the street causing trouble and all the older folks wail and scream and wonder why someone else won't fix it. Teenagers exist, they sometimes act like little shits, and while I certainly don't think people should just roll over and live with it, it really feels like the citizens of Christchurch and trying to find ways to make them go away, as if they are malevolent spirits that can be banished, instead of trying to fix the problem. And the problem is that Christchurch is a boring shithole of a town that lacks the ability to properly support its population. I grew up there, and it's my home, yet my friends and family are the only reason I ever go back.

In contrast, Dunedin has the problem of a medium-sized town with the largest University in the country, so you get drunken students burning furniture and making noise at all times of the night, but they're at least recognised as a part of the population. It's small enough that you can walk anywhere important, but big enough to have places you want to go. And while Christchurch supports art in the sense that it supports paintings and craftwork, Dunedin supports art in the sense that it supports ideas and creative expression. Graffiti is a great example here. Christchurch is littered with awful tagging, but most of the graffiti I've encountered in Dunedin can actually be called street art, and some of it I've been meaning to take photos of. Meanwhile, Christchurch forks out taxpayer money to commission abstract sculptures and then places them in places where they clash horribly with their surroundings in an attempt to fill their city with art without actually being an artistic city.

That's me for now.

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008
1:50 am - Time Travel
Get with the times people! Quit living in the past! It's 2008 here already, and yet I have been informed that some of you are still mucking about in 07! Not that you're missing much. I think New Zealand, as a nation, has given up on trying to make the New Year significant. Tonight's TV viewing only marked the event by showing a live shot to fireworks in Auckland as midnight arrived, during an ad break in the middle of a movie. The New Year arrives, people count down, the clock ticks over to 12:00, and yay, we have a brand new year. Then everyone realises that nothing is different and goes about their lives again. Most festivities are fairly trivial but that may very well be the most arbitrary of them all.

I guess I could mark the occasion by looking back at the year, but screw it. I don't care. I am a man of the present.

I've been on a Bill Bailey binge, and have found myself enchanted. I was aware of him before (originally through Black Books), but it's only over the last few days that I've really started watching his stand-up acts, and he's quickly become one of my favourite comedians. From philosophical musings to musical talent, he's a class act.

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
12:47 am - I'm not the man they think I am at home
I am here, in Christchurch, after a long trip of cramped legs and awful Christmas music. I was reminded of why I rarely get conventional fast food - at KFC I paid $9.90 for what looked like a decently sized combo only to find the burger was tiny, the type normally given to kids. Along the way we saw a UFO, which was later identified as an aeroplane.

The vampire LARP this week was, in a word, hilarious. Actually, that's untrue. It's the events that followed it that were wonderful. I got home the evening after the LARP and thought to myself "Well, that went rather well." The next day I walk in to Nexus to find out that there was a special news update about the night following that session, which includes the deaths of thousands of people, about twenty lupines, every member of My Chemical Romance, and some trees (Matt was particularly upset about that last one). Glorious.

Upon arriving home tonight I saw there had been a large earthquake in Gisbourne, which was rather surreal. My real life and roleplaying shouldn't mix like that. Then again, for most of the time the LARP has been running I was completely unsure as to whether My Chemical Romance were actually performing in New Zealand or not (even now I'm only assuming they didn't because I haven't heard any mention of it).

current mood: tired

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
10:59 pm
Was going to make an update tonight but too tired and busy. Still, I'm alive.

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