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December 7th, 2012

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You know, I promised myself I wouldn't deal with LJ any more, but... it's been a long year and I could do with this.

holiday love meme 2012
my thread here



'm sorry about LJ's formatting.

October 26th, 2012

Oh, for-

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LJ.

Again.

With the friendslist remaking.

It's only in beta for now but given that the Russians shut down the US offices for LJ and everything else... I'm going to follow [personal profile] phoenixchilde's example and shut down crossposting and commenting on my LJ. I'm really sorry to those of you who're still there but I'm just tired of their bullpuckey.

G'night, LJ. It was fun while it lasted.

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Hey, question. Given the rise of narrative and character interaction in video games over the past ten years (I seem to recall a studio executive/writer saying something last year about 'if you go to a James Bond movie, you're with our characters and intellectual property for two hours, but if you buy a James Bond video game you're with our character for twenty'), does the Bechdel test apply to video games these days? Or does the fact that in video games without cutscenes, the only characters you see or hear interacting are the ones in your immediate vicinity skew things?

I'm mostly curious because I was thinking about the Fallout games I've played and the various depictions of women and minorities. FO3 has a decent number of women in non-exploitative roles (Moira Brown, Agatha, Dr. Madison Li, Sentinel Sarah Lyons, Star Paladin Cross, Amata Almodovar, Machete, Princess, Lucy West, Karen Schenzy, etc.) as video games go, but since NPC conversations are lucky to last more than sixty seconds regardless of the participants, you're only going to pass the Bechdel test if your Lone Wanderer is female. Similar deal in FNV- Colonel Moore, Old Lady Gibson, Daisy Whitman, Jeannie May, Veronica Santangelo, Rose of Sharon Cassidy, Ghost, Lily, Sarah Weintraub and plenty of other non-exploitative female characters*, but since NPCs don't talk to each other for more than a minute regardless of gender or lack thereof and since you can't have more than one humaniform follower in your party at a time, I'm not sure if you can apply Bechdel at all due to the limitations of the format.

Mind you, not all video games have these limitations. Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2, for example, allow you to have multiple party members, and they banter with each other regularly. Bring two women with you for about half an hour of play and you'll get a total of five minutes of conversation that has nothing to do with a man, almost guaranteed. So there's that.... I guess what I'm asking is, what's a decent way to judge female-female interaction in narrative-intensive video games, given that they're a different form of storytelling from movies, TV or novels.


*uuuuuunfortunately there are also many exploitative-as-hell female roles but then again a major percentage of these are characters in the Gomorrah casino, and Gomorrah has as many guy prostitutes in ridiculously stripperific outfits as it does girl ones, for whatever that's worth

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Well, I can type with both hands, although stuff requiring the ring finger on my right hand is generally typo-riffic. Almost typing quirk level, actually, since I tend to hit zero or 9 instead of the letter o more often than I'd like. I've got Neosporin with painkiller and Band-Aids (sticking plasters to all y'all who're in the UK) on both injured sites now, although I haven't completely removed the direct dressing the doctors put on the ring finger; some of it stuck to the wound site and I'm too chicken to try to peel it off in case the bleeding starts again. Tonight will probably involve a long hot soak of that hand in the hopes that the damn dressing falls off on its own.

Remarkably little pain. It's not numb, you understand, but it only hurts a little and most of that is on impact rather than throbbing or anything.

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October 23rd, 2012

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so. guess who now has a personal story to add to the class lesson the next time she teaches first aid and gets to 'avulsion'?

yeah.

typing this one handed. my right ring finger is wrapped in massive amounts of gauze and compression tape and my right thumb is dressed and bandaged.

mandolines come with a chariot- the little plastic and metal bit to stick into the vegetable and hold onto- for a reason, kiddies. use. the. chariot.

going to go take my keflex and quite a lot of painkiller now.

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October 22nd, 2012

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Dear real world:

Fallout is not a documentary. Please stop having things pop out of history that make it look like one.

Thank you.

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October 12th, 2012

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Well, I'm awake and I'm at work, and while I'm still wheezing and coughing, I feel much better than I did earlier this week. It's all good.

I've played Transformers: Fall of Cybertron recently and will probably play it again a few times just to poke around the world and follow a strategy guide. It's the first game I've played in a long time where I didn't consult some form of walkthrough (except for exactly once, when I had spent ten minutes in a given spot and couldn't figure out how to get my circumstances to change, but all I had to read was 'Follow the prompt and change Grimlock to dino mode or the enemies will never stop coming' and then I closed down the page immediately). I kind of died a lot as a result and missed a lot of the extra material lying around the world. That's fine, though. I made it through in the end. Overall I was pretty pleased with the game. I've got X-Com coming up next week, once I get paid; I adored that game in college and wanna play it on the 360 now. Hopefully it'll be good. I've avoided any exposure to the new version other than a brief glance at about two minutes of a ten minute gameplay video, so I know nothing about the new port.

I'll resume Notes From New Vegas next week, though. I've got the notes for the next section on my new PC (had to replace the old one after a water spill) and should be able to coax something out of them soon, so I'll get back into swing on that. Might take some time off to visit the Capital Wasteland, though. As much as I admit that Fallout: New Vegas is a less buggy and probably better-written game with more compelling characters, I really rather liked FO3 better overall. Possibly because of the desolation. New Vegas has a certain amount of 'well, this COULD be post-apocalyptic, or this COULD just be that the economy went to pot' about it- it's not that human civilization in the area was destroyed so much as the desert shrugged a little harder than usual and man had to back down in the face of it. FO3? 'Man brought this on himself. Big time. One hundred per cent. What're you gonna do about it?'. That, and... well, in FO3, your story line ultimately amounts to 'save all of humanity, or a significant portion of humanity, from total extinction'. In New Vegas? It's 'settle a political struggle'. Not really the same stakes. I dunno, maybe it's just me.

Anyway, that's not gonna stop me, there's gonna be Notes From New Vegas again soon. And then, who knows?

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October 9th, 2012

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Something is very, very wrong with the universe.

I developed a wicked post nasal drip yesterday that left me coughing too badly to sleep most of last night. Still happening this morning, so I took Buckley's today.

It does not taste as bad as I remember it.

I mean, yeah, it tastes awful but I was able to go for three teaspoons, not just two, and did not at any point feel truly compelled to invoke a deity or to beg Mother Nature for her pardon. Either something is wrong with the universe, or I need a new bottle of this stuff, or I need to start buying my cough medicine from Finland...

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October 8th, 2012

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Just went to the supermarket to get some stuff for chili tonight. I've thought this lots of times before, but I don't think I'll ever cease to be amazed by the realization that for every single food product out there, at some point in human history, somebody said, "You know what? I should totally put that in my mouth."

And then, some time later, said, "I should totally put that in my mouth AGAIN."

And then convinced someone else to do it too.

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October 5th, 2012

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Dear brain:

I don't think we can really rewrite Hamlet as a weird Cybertronian propaganda drama with Starscream in the title role. Mostly because he would never ever ever allow the actual ending to happen, where everybody winds up dead and somebody who is not also Starscream rolls in to take over. Even if it does seem like the kind of thing he'd do, with a substitution of 'pretend to be incompetent and therefore not a threat' for 'pretend to be crazy'.

But if you've got a way to handle the Fortinbras part, I'm all auds.

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October 3rd, 2012

Let's see if this works.

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Those of you who've been reading this journal a while know that I do some fundraising every year for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The disease got my late grandmother, so I consider this revenge. I'll be bicycling thirty miles around the island of Manhattan as part of a team on October 21st, 2012. Wanna help me with the vengeance?

VENGEANCE RIDE 2012 DONATION PAGE THISAWAY


Thank you kindly!

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Happy birthday, [personal profile] the_croupier.

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Bike MS 2012

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Hi, folks.

I'm gonna be riding in Bike MS 2012 in New York City- thirty miles around the island of Manhattan. I've got two other people on my team for this, to raise money for multiple sclerosis research and treatment. It's the same thing I do the stair climbing for in late February/early March. The bike thing's gonna be on October 21st. Would anybody be interested in a link to the ride or to the team's fundraising page or anything? I'm not trying to be a pest, I just figured I'd ask.

Thanks!

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September 25th, 2012

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Just a heads up, folks-

If you're American, and you're eighteen or older, and you're eligible to vote, and you aren't currently registered to vote or aren't sure if you are yet-

Now would be a really great time to get registered. Apparently it's National Voter Registration Day or something to that effect, so make sure you're ready for November if November's relevant to you.



Thanks.

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September 21st, 2012

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I haven't done much creative since my train ride this weekend so I'm putting this up here and waiting for the slag to hit the blender. No guarantees of anything and I reserve the right to say "d00d wtf" at someone's request.


Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I’ll tell you something about the story I’d write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School/College AU


I expect most of you probably already know what my fandoms are if you've been around this journal very long.

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September 18th, 2012

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Happy birthday, [personal profile] chanter_greenie!

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September 14th, 2012

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Not that I have any idea what I'm going to do with it, but I wound up creating [personal profile] not_toothfairy and importing the old content from LJ. Hopefully it'll get me back on track to writing more Rise of the Fallen AU material. I need to get 'Hide and Ratchet up to Siberia anyway.

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September 11th, 2012

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I was there for the first one. That's all I'm gonna say.

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On a completely unrelated note one of my users got spam today urging him to Reach Qualified Real Estate Investors With Targeted Email Marketing. It was an ad for a Canadian firm.... Heresy Email Services.

Please please please please please can I get the Inquisition on the horn? Please??

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September 10th, 2012

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If you're having trouble with not getting notifs on DW or LJ today, or other sites are being poopy for some unforeseen reason, there may be hackers to blame. Go Daddy's been targeted by one or more hackers who claim membership in Anonymous, and the hosting and DNS services provided were down for a while and still aren't back up to snuff.

Thought folks should know.

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Possibly my favorite self-portrait ever:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19551458

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