amnesiack: (skull panda)
This blog entry is pretty challenging for me. Vegetarianism, once I got over the initial hurdles, was an easy choice because it felt like a simple means of living out parts of my ethics in regards to exploitation, and it didn't take that much effort. Approaching the problems surrounding the exploitation of the human labor involved in producing food, both plant and animal, is much more difficult and without anything resembling easy personal solutions. Why are big, difficult problems always so big and difficult, dagnabit?
amnesiack: (Leaf Shakes the Wind)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] yurodivuie and I had a sort of "working dinner" at the Sunlight Cafe (great vegetarian food, but not quite as vegan-friendly as one would generally hope) as we prepared the imminent Exalted one-shot that we'll be running soon in Dallas. As David pointed out, one shots are often more difficult than ongoing games to prepare for, especially when you don't know most of the players in advance and most of the players don't know the system in advance. The work-to-payoff ratio as a GM is also generally much lower, unless you're running an adventure that you've done before. It is, however, a wedding present of sorts for a friend, and a favor of sorts for another friend, so we've been frantically making those last-minute preparations, and we're praying that everyone involved will have a good time.

The worst part of flying across the country to run an Exalted one-shot on the weekend, though, is missing a session of your own regular Exalted campaign.

Cheers.
amnesiack: (Leaf Shakes the Wind)
Life continues and things occur. Most of them are boring are to read about.

Saturday night I wrangled together a significant portion of my local friends for a three week late birthday celebration. We had dinner at the Capitol Hill Tea Pot Vegetarian House, a vegan Chinese food restaurant that specializes in Buddhist-style fake meat cooking. Though the restaurant didn't seem quite as prepared for us as it should have been (considering I had made a reservation for 22 people a week and a half in advance, and we only actually had 19 people come), the food and company were fantastic, and I was glad I had done it. Thanks to everyone who came!

Earlier on Saturday, Lesley joined as the new player in our bi-weekly Exalted game, re-completing our circle after the loss of Jesse, whose new responsibilities as full-time bus driver and human spawn generator have forced him to cut down on his gaming activities. This is Lesley's first tabletop rpg; she's doing really well with it so far, though we have to work at times not to overshadow her character, simply because the rest of us are used to diving in, taking charge, and expecting everyone else to do likewise.

Neil Gaiman's new short story collection Fragile Things hit last week. I picked it up along with my copy of the new Compass of Celestial Directions Volume 1: The Blessed Isle at The Dreaming on Friday. I started the first story on the bus this morning; it combines Sherlock Holmes and the Lovecraft Mythos and promises to be irrevocably awesome (in addition to reminding me a great deal of our bi-weekly Adventure! game).

Saturday night my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard (one of the really old-school off-white models with no padding or special features) stopped working properly. I attempted to take it apart and fix it, which I think only exacerbated the problem. Of course, I've been using the keyboard for 8 years, so it's not a terribly surprising occurence. So, on Sunday, I bought a new Microsoft ergonomic keyboard, only this one does have padding and weird extra buttons (which I thought would be worthless, but I'm actually enjoying them). Of course, since I entered Best Buy, I had to also look at other things, and I ended up buying volume two of Basilisk, Iron Monkey, and Kung Fu Hustle. I'm such a sucker.
amnesiack: (blue sun)
Yesterday I turned 26.

The first thing I did after waking was immediately open the box my parents sent to me, which had been taunting me from its perch on top of my sumo for the past five days. From them I received the second season of Veronica Mars (to replace my ill-gotten divx copies) and the soundtrack to Haibane Renmei.

Between Greece and PAX, I didn't have enough vacation time to actually take the day off from work, but my manager was nice enough to let me leave a couple of hours early. We're also going out to lunch tomorrow with the rest of the reporting department (all five of us) for celebratory something-or-other. I'm supposed to pick the restaurant, but I have no idea where we'll be going. But back to yesterday...

I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] yurodivuie, Lesley, and Daniel at a Thai place down the street from work that I'd never eaten at before. It was good, though they were out of tofu for some bizarre reason, which cut their normally massive vegetarian menu down to about four items.

After work it was mostly Disgaea 2 and pizza and tv (new episodes of Bones, which I like despite myself, and Mythbusters) with [livejournal.com profile] bookishelaine. So, nothing too fancy, but I'm thinking of planning a dinner outing to invite people to, possibly next Saturday. Though if that's going to happen, I should really get on the ball...

Today was when I decided to get some birthday gifts for myself, which consisted of the new dvd releases of the original versions of Star Wars episodes IV, V, and VI. I also drove out to visit [livejournal.com profile] gaaneden to pick up the print copy of Qin: The Warring States that she so kindly picked up for me at GenCon. We also had a fun conversation about her current projects, rpgs, and writing, and I actually didn't even mind the drive to and from the East side, because I was listening to The Restoration of Chaos and Order, which is still, after more than a dozen listenings, really fabulous.

So, yeah, that's my boring birthday story. Cheers.
amnesiack: (normal)
I've heard that some of you have been wondering whether or not Jason rocks, and if he does, why such a thing can be said to be true. This I will explain to you.

On Tuesday, we played our bi-weekly game of Adventure!, a 20's pulp game of globe-trotting adventure. Much of the session was spent with our characters in Constantinople and other parts of Turkey. About half way through the game, some of the characters sat down to talk with a rich Turkish man, and he offered them refreshments. When they accepted, Jason went to his refrigerator and brought out plates of baklava and lokum, more commonly known as Turkish Delight, for our consumption.

This, my friends, is why Jason rocks.
amnesiack: (Default)
I saw Lucky Number Sleven with the usual crew last night. The movie was quite good. I had expected a more frantic, Guy Ritchie-style movie, but instead got a very modern but more evenly-paced crime caper in the vein of the The Usual Suspects. The highlight of the movie, by far, was Lucy Liu, who played a sweet, funny, cute character completely unlike anything I have ever seen her do before, and she did a fantastic job with it. My perception of her as an actress and the potential roles she could play has completely changed.

Yesterday in general was a great day, because I was able to leave work at noon and spend most of that extra time hanging out with friends at The Dreaming and eating lunch at the Wayward Cafe. Even though I like my job a lot now, I am still very much a person who treasures any extra time he can get away from it.
amnesiack: (Default)
Saturday: I got away from work at noon and decided to forego the Best Buy run and just buy groceries. I then spent the rest of the day playing City of Villains, watching dvds, and reading. Not bad at all.

Sunday: I slept in and then opened the box o' stuff my parents sent me. For my big breakfast (you have to eat a big breakfast on Christmas; it's the law) I made eggs, sourdough biscuits, vegi-bacon, vegi-sausage, and strawberry-orange-banana juice. While I was cooking, Adam (one of my best friends, currently living in SoCal) called to give me my traditional holiday cursing-out, and we talked for a while about the general state of things. Post breakfast and phone was more CoV and dvd-watching, followed by a phone call from my parents and little sister.

When mid-afternoon finally rolled around I drove down to [livejournal.com profile] grandmoffdavid's parents' house and spent several hours with him and a his family (including [livejournal.com profile] preciousjade, of course). It should become immediately obvious to anyone who spends any time at David's parents' place that he came by his l33t cooking and booze-choosing skills quite honestly. It was a fun afternoon, with good conversation and presents and food and the like. I will henceforth be making all of my important life decisions using my "What Would a Ninja Do?" choice wheel.

I left there around 7:30 and headed over to Mike & Jenna's place for more food, movie watching, Xbox 360-playing, and conversation. It was mellow, which was good because I was beginning to feel very sleepy. I decided to head home shortly after 11pm, dropping into bed shortly after my arrival.

All in all, a very worthy Christmas, despite its unusual nature. Cheers.

Juice!

Aug. 9th, 2005 03:36 pm
amnesiack: (kitaguchi)
I've long been a fan of fruit-based beverages. In fact, I've been known to say from time to time that I consider the fresh fruit smoothie to be one of mankinds greatest accomplishments. Over the last few weeks, though, I've become increasingly obsessed with juice, weighing and balancing such factors as price, flavor, texture, nutritional value, and thirst-quenching-ness. I've begun to acquire multiple containers of juices that meet various criteria so that I can mix and match what juice to drink at a given time based on my mood and the strengths and weaknesses of a particular concoction.

On one end of the spectrum, you have things like Dole Orange Strawberry Banana. This is a slightly watery, pulp-free juice that's good for quenching large thirsts or drinking with meals, since the flavor is not overpowering and you get a sizeable quantity (64oz) for $2.50. On the other end, you have Odwalla's Citrus C-Monster, one of my absolute favorites. Because it is $2.99 for an 8oz bottle, this thick, pulpy combination of 6 or 7 different fruits has to be consumed sparingly. I treat it as a desert that I drink.

I originally intended to go into a great more depth in regards to various juices and how they should be rated against one another, but I'm going to assume that everyone has already stopped reading at this point, so I don't think I'll continue, except to say...

Wooo! Juice!
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It's been quite a while since I posted here, mostly because I can't access LJ from work anymore. However, I finally remembered to check the process for posting via email, and here I am. I'm assuming this whole post is going to be full of typing errors and broken html tags that I won't really notice until I get home and can actually look at how the post came out.

And what better way to mark my return than a boring list of the current media and consumer products that I am enjoying? No better way, says I.

Psychonauts: Available for the PS2, Xbox, and PC, this is one of the best games I have played in years. What is there not to like in a game about a summer camp for child psychics designed by Tim Schafer of Grim Fandango with a lead character voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz (aka Zim)? It is at least partially a platformer, but so far I've experienced none of the frustrations normally inherent in that genre. My co-worker Kurt told me that he already considers it to be his pick for game of the year. I'm having a hard time disagreeing.

Legend of the Five Rings RPG, 3rd Edition: Though I've never actually played a single session of L5R, I've been a fan of the game for a long time. It's basically feudal Japan with a fantasy twist; it is to the samurai era what 7th Sea is to swashbuckling Europe. The 3rd edition is a beautiful book. While many game companies aspire to put out full-color books, most don't have the art or designers necessary to make it look good (Are you listening, EDEN?). L5R 3ed, on the other hand, looks great from cover to cover. While some of the illustrations are better than others (as is inevitable), there is not a single piece of bad art anywhere in the book.

Fantastic Foods soup and noodle bowls: Fantastic Foods makes some of the finest instant vegetarian and vegan food in existence. These soups are incredible, particularly the Hot & Sour and Minestrone. Also of note are their vegetarian taco filling and falafel mix.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Vol. 7: I really couldn't be happier with the ending to this phenomenal series. I nearly cried during the Batou/Tachikoma scene.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke: Jason first made me aware of this weird and delightful novel that apparently took 10 years to write. It's a comedic historical fantasy that falls somewhere in-between the styles of Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Charles Dickens, and Terry Pratchet, and the more I read, the better it gets.

Ok, back to work, me hearties.

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