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THERE ARE 3333 MESSAGES IN MY SPAM FOLDER, SHOULDN'T I BE GETTING A HP BONUS OR SOMETHING? [Dec. 26th, 2006|01:01 am]
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I'm reading two books this week. Just finished Vonnegut's Mother Night, which I've had lying around for ages, and now I'm in the middle of a pristine hardcover copy of Michael Chabon's The Final Solution, a lucky find at the Salvation Army store on 125th on my way home wednesday or thursday.

Also, I probably haven't mentioned that I'm re-playing Final Fantasy 7 in order to form more informed opinions about it (and its sequel materials, over which much fuss is made). Anyway, I finally beat Ruby Weapon and Emerald Weapon this week, and from my exceedingly well-prepared POV, they were all sound and thunder. I'd post an amusing AIM conversation with ahvia regarding that, but I don't have it right now, I'll just paste it in here when I get home.

Listening to Regina Spektor's last couple albums a lot lately. It's uneven stuff but the tracks that stand out really shine. I've also actually been drawing a bit, and soon I might finish something for once. I also re-watched almost all of seasons one and two of Venture Brothers the other day... I don't remember why at first, but eventually I had to go through them again to find the parts where the Monarch talks to/about other supervillains. It took me quite a while to remember that my favorite scene, where he lists who a jury of his peers would consist of, was actually a deleted scene on the second s1 DVD. Anyway, I've been having things in Monarch-voice running through my head all day. And I just spent like 15 minutes putting in a million marquee tags in this entry. I think I'm done.
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[User Picture]From: naoekun
2006-12-26 07:12 am (UTC)
oho merry christmas too!!!

(i got immense luck this holiday and got a full set of those gundam EF figures .... one by one...in two trips to the same store.. Bright figure... ♥)

Wow, I cant even concieve of going back and re-playing FF7 what with all the hype over it as a mini-fandom.. but FFT.. i sure would love to replay! And I didn't know you read Vonnegut, how's Mother Night? I've been re-reading Oscar Wilde and stuff I never got to in high school~
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[User Picture]From: asterphage
2006-12-27 01:05 am (UTC)

something about kurt vonnegut makes me use lots of italics

Next on my list is FFT, Vagrant Story, maaaybe FFTA... before I'll let myself start FF12 e_e

Nice moves on blind-box selecting the full set... I forget, did I give you the list of where the characters were in my box? I'd be interested to know if it matched (though I suppose they might've been moved around by people looking at them in the store...)
It's too bad the Haro Cap Zabi Collection figures are pretty much too short to interact with the EFs... quite unfortunate.

Mother Night is one of the more direct novels of his I've read, compared to, say, Deadeye Dick or Slapstick. I'd relate it to Jailbird, in that both take a character in middle age, reflecting on their life and their efforts, and pondering just how much more effort is necessary, or worthy, or even possible for them. Both also bring the plot to a satisfying resolution in terms of the reader's broad, comprehensive view of events, but for the narrator's perspective, they trace a decline in the character's concern for these events. But I don't remember what the point of Jailbird really was in the end, besides its amusing satirical diversions about corporate America - Mother Night is even more neat and communicative, in a way, because its lessons are summed up in the introduction, in which Vonnegut explains the morals of the story as he sees it, and in the Editor's Note, in which Vonnegut as "editor" offers the novel's narrating character's rejected draft of an alternate dedication.

For the record, the morals of Mother Night are "When you're dead you're dead." and "Make love when you can.", and the alternate dedication closes with "...who served evil too openly and good too secretly, the crime of his times."
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[User Picture]From: naoekun
2006-12-27 11:31 am (UTC)

Re: something about kurt vonnegut makes me use lots of italics

FFT is well worth it, even with bad spelling/grammar...! I dont think that line is all that vital to understanding FF12, but it does help appreciate the gameplay a bit. The battle system is a streamlined version of the same in Vagrant Story. I think FFTA is more of a precurser to FF12 than the first FFT game.. there were never different races in FFT.. just war between economic classes and religious fanatics, in the oldschool tradition.

you did give me a diagram of the figure layout, but the carton at the store were already outside of the big box and lined up in a row actually XD; so they were in a different configuration. It was pure blind luck... I got one double (Sayla, whodathunk! _._~) that a gave to a friend/fanboy.. Oh, the Zabi collection! I saw photos of those, they're new aren't they?? so chibi, yes, hahahaha.

hmmm... :3 I never finished Jailbird.. but Mother Night looks like it's worth picking up.. I haven't any good non-fiction in a while.. they apparently have two copies of this book at my library too.. oho...!
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[User Picture]From: asterphage
2006-12-28 03:27 pm (UTC)

Re: something about kurt vonnegut makes me use lots of italics

I haven't any good non-fiction in a while..

If you're looking for non-fiction, I'd have a whole different bunch of books to recommend...

That Sayla goes quite well with the EF First Gundam series 2 Amuro. Even better if you can manage to get Amuro's head off and remove the brown cloak.

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From: (Anonymous)
2006-12-26 07:19 am (UTC)
Heh. I just finished reading through a beaten old copy of Mother Night I've had lying around, too.
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[User Picture]From: asterphage
2006-12-27 06:43 am (UTC)
AAAH WHO ARE YOU >:o
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[User Picture]From: overclocker963
2006-12-26 12:30 pm (UTC)
Aww. Kitty. :D
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[User Picture]From: darnn
2006-12-26 06:18 pm (UTC)
HOW ARE YOU GENTLEMEN
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[User Picture]From: ahvia
2006-12-26 07:03 pm (UTC)
thx 4 ur pix txt *A*

AND YOU BETTER NOT POST THAT CONVERSATION IT IS MY DEEPEST SECRET WHICH I SAID TO YOU IN CONFIDENCE >:(
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[User Picture]From: asterphage
2006-12-26 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! I assure you, I would never speak publicly about that.

I was just going to post
ahvia: i bet that would be easier on wait mode but cloud said that's for beginniners and i don't want him to think badly of me
asterphage: wait mode, yeah
asterphage: you HAVE to turn on wait mode
ahvia: what really
ahvia: jesus christ has that been my problem all these years
asterphage: for a lot of the strategies i use at least
asterphage: because it depends so much on people doing the right thing at the right time and in the right order
asterphage: i turn the battle speed way up too, though
ahvia: me too
ahvia: but
ahvia: oh wow
ahvia: i've never been on wait mode all my life
asterphage: but in ATB mode you need the time that the enemies take to get their new turn!
asterphage: if you're in ATB mode with the speed all the way up then the enemy gets 3 turns while you're deciding what to do
ahvia: y-yeah
ahvia: but c-cloud said--
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[User Picture]From: asterphage
2006-12-27 12:29 am (UTC)

such a nerd

For the reference of others, I note that what I'm talking about (that requires Wait battle mode) is beating Ruby Weapon in very few turns by this strategy:
10 W-MAGIC "Life2" + "Regen"
20 ENEMY SKILL "Big Guard"
30 ITEM "Megalixir"
40 W-SUMMON "Knights of the Round" + "Knights of the Round";
50 MIME
60 MIME
70 GOTO 10
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[User Picture]From: big_blu_blanket
2006-12-26 09:11 pm (UTC)
CATS AND TREES AND CHRISTMAS TIME!!
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