ultranos: lain is having techinical difficulties (argh)
1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some tv show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

[livejournal.com profile] havocthecat gave me the prompt "battlemechs" over a week ago. I am slow. (And I still haven't gotten everyone casted, but that's what the all-mighty flist is for, right?)

I started out thinking that I totally didn't want to make this "live-action Gundam". Then I thought Front Mission, but didn't want it on Earth, but in space. So THEN I shamelessly stole was inspired by Supreme Commander. But didn't want that crazy-epic scale, because you can't make good TV out of watching an RTS. And I didn't just want land battles, so back in space we go, and put this onto a ship.

Which is leaving me with Nadesico, but without the parody. Um, which is very almost Gundam. *headdesk*

(I think you can also tell I've had far too much practice at writing LARPs and character sheets for casts of up to 50. Because I feel as if I'm doing "Centauri Redux" here. And this comment probably made sense to approximately 4 people.)

[Casting this thing was a chore and a half. I ended up throwing up my hands and casting voice actors, since I know voice actors/seiyuu so much better than live-action. Also a point of contention: Dear Hollywood, plz to be having more Japanese-descent actors. Finding one who fit the criteria I needed is far more difficult than it has any right to be. (I was THIS CLOSE to casting Romi Park, except she's Korean. Damn my OCD!)]

Oathkeepers )
ultranos: cam reaching for a sword, with text "guys, you DID check for traps, right?" (TRAP!)
So, as I was zooming around the internet earlier today, I stumbled upon an interesting idea: using Google Wave to run online tabletops. (Apparently, dice rolling bots already exist)

I can totally see how that could work for some circumstances, especially if you're not running a super combat-heavy game. Thing I wonder about, though, is how well you can get dynamic maps working on it. As in, a map where you can move your token around and open up new areas as you explore. Or move around in combat situations.

Can you tell I'm tempted to use it for some of the more roleplaying-heavy games I've got percolating in my brain?

If I could program (which reminds me: need to learn Python), I might be tempted to write an app. Thankfully, my incompetence is keeping me sane for once. Go me?

On that note, I happen to have a couple of Google Wave invites available if anyone wants one. (Yeah, they're probably freely available essentially if you travel in the right circles. Whatever. I've got some and I have no idea what to do with 'em.)
ultranos: XKCD comic: existentialism vs. super soaker. Super soaker wins. (existentialism is dangerous)
RepliCarter has just managed to short-circuit my brain.

This has happened in a way that would be incomprehensible to anyone who has not also played Persona 4.

(Hint: It is way too easy to hear Sam yelling "YOU'RE NOT ME!" and RC saying "I am a Shadow -- the True Self.")


ultranos: black on white safety stick-man getting a companion cube to the head (well this sucks)
I think I figured out the problem with me and cosplayers at Dragon*Con:

I see the Iron Man suits and think "who the hell machined that?" Which is incorrect, because the answer is "nobody". And I really, really do not want to continue that train of thought because clearly that way lies madness.

I need to find decent shots of the Arc Reactor. (Certain people: Yes, this is for what you think it's for. *facepalm*)
ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (Default)
I just got back from my best friend's wedding. (That I also DJed for.) I am dead tired. However, I promised pictures of the insanity on my desk, which is almost like action figure theater.

Here's a small preview )
ultranos: sam can kill you with her brain (I'm secretly amused actually)
Link finally picked up Continuum yesterday. However, I was elsewhere by the time he got home, so I got told by him and Yarmond that they had "approved it for my viewing pleasure". Thanks guys. Really appreciate that.

We watched last night's SGA as well. Cut for commentary )

I have some pictures of various toys in my room that I'm working on uploading. I'd post them now, but they're on a server linked to my rl name, so, uh, I'm working on a separate solution. :) Default is I throw them onto Flickr. In the meantime, here's some plastic army men:

Plastic Army Man Theater )
ultranos: sam and part of the derivation of navier-stokes (controlling the flow of ideas)
Er, today was my first day working at my summer internship. (Okay, people with Real Jobs can all laugh at me now, because I'm kind of wondering how on earth I'm going to manage this 8-5 thing. Yes, mock the college student!) While I'm glad because, holy disposable income Batman, this current job? Already much better than the last one. Well, more interesting than vacuum cleaners at least.

However, due to some miscommunication, I ended up with not much to do other than read. Luckily, I planned ahead and had a copy of The Watchmen with me. Which I hadn't read yet. I can see why people always name it as a graphic novel one must read. Yeah, I'm slowly discovering comics (beyond the manga I used to read).

But if it's nice out tomorrow, I might take a sketchbook or Moleskine and draw or write outside during lunch. My fingers are kind of getting itchy to do something creative. (No, [livejournal.com profile] shanghairain, I will NOT attempt to sketch Steampunk!SG-1 like we discussed. Please remember my other Bad Idea involving tarot cards that has nothing to do with A Certain Person's recent Persona madness.)
ultranos: it's a duckcat (ZOMG DUCKCAT)
Yesterday, some of the Usual Suspects and I decided to have fun with a laser printer. Of course, by "laser printer", I really mean the "multi-thousand dollar 60W laser capable of etching steel in one of the labs on campus".

Photo evidence of our madness. (It's Finals Week. You really can't blame us for this, can you?)

We were there 6 hours, but that's mostly because we etched about 4 Leathermans (Leathersmen? Leathermen?), which are stainless steel, and did a lot of trial-and-error on an extra Thinkpad laptop cover we had. Which was good, because IBM probably came up with the most impossible material that could still take a laser. The rubber kept melting, creating a weird drop-shadow effect. Multiple passes ended up being the answer.

Hopefully, now that there's some idea of how to do this, the process will go faster next time. I know that the one who has the access to this lab is hoping that the "equation on the Leatherman" becomes a meme of sorts, with your favorite or the characteristic equation of your major gracing your Leatherman. Which is why I was forced to quickly LaTeX-up Shrödinger's Equation for his multitool, after I figured out how to do the vector forms for my two equations.

(Unfortunately, I don't think my prof will find it terribly amusing if I whip out the multitool during the final tomorrow. Even though we are allowed equation sheets. I don't think "hunk of stainless steel" counts, though.)
ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (Default)
Thoughts are more scattered than buckshot right now. Let's try bullet points.

  • The amount of chatter on zephyr about 6.005 is a constant exercise in parsing for me. Because there's always a couple seconds of delay until I figure out that "Prof. Jackson" is not the archaeologist. (Also: He'd be 3, not 6.) [Vaguely related: The plastic!Daniel figure I got is now entirely appropriate, because I realized he now looks like a scout. I think it's the radio and black BDUs.]
  • With the fact that I actually do have a job this summer (yay!), I've come to the realization that I can finally do roughly half of the things I've been meaning to but couldn't because I had no money. These include:

    • build a desktop computer (tentatively named "Bahamut")
    • buy a tuner and new strings for my poor, neglected electric guitar
    • clear out the Completely Useless Room, build a workbench, and move the powertools, socket wrenches, and other tools out of my room and set it up there.
    • buy more tools, including soldering iron, multimeter, circ saw, and vice.

  • Yes, there is a reason for the above. Plus, excuses to play with SolidWorks are always good. Of course, I can't guarantee that this is not yet another fine product from the Department of Bad Ideas. With the way my brain has been going off in all directions lately, I promise nothing. Of course, the usual suspects are being their usual "helpful" selves. (PSA: Sometimes, encouragement is bad.)
  • Writing: working on it. Ideas are percolating in my head. Draft of one is still in major editing. Since I have a 4-day weekend, one of my goals is "make words". I think that's up there with "don't die", "sleep", and "do psets".
  • Re: subject line
    "At least it isn't a Cake song." The usual suspects are totally at fault.
ultranos: daniel sleeping on a nuke (even my sleep is dangerous)
I totally failed a Will save today.

I now have a plastic!Cam and a plastic!RepliCarter.

The question is what to do with them now. I'm seeing either an epic sword fight or Cam and RepliCarter vs. EVA Unit-00.

Also, I think they look lonely. I need to figure out where else I can get them, because today was just random chance (and the only other options were Avalon Vala and Black Ops Daniel). Perhaps I should start scouring the local comic book stores (which would nicely complete my plan to completely fail to resist buying Nextwave). Alternatively, I know Amazon.com has some. My poor, poor wallet.
ultranos: it's a duckcat (ZOMG DUCKCAT)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077!

I hope you have an awesome day, because you are awesome (and don't look at me funny when I flip out and do Science).

Next week is spring break. Finally. I plan to fill it with tooling, watching sci-fi (either BSG or Farscape), gaming, and writing things. I'm likely to get 2 out of the 4.

AB is also this weekend. I'm...actually kind of glad I'm not doing anything special this year. Now all I have to do is keep myself from spending stupid amounts of money on Copic markers and pens. Especially since a project from the Department of Bad Ideas is ridiculously tempting, and I haven't figured out yet if I'm going to do the artwork in a combination of Photoshop, brush pen, ink and brush, and/or watercolors. Probably not the last one. But I have to admit I'm falling in love with ink and brush. Except that if I want color, that's Photoshop, and shoving real brush strokes into Photoshop is kind of silly if the other option is a Copic brush pen.
ultranos: sam can kill you with her brain (I'm secretly amused actually)
I do that sometimes. Often, I don't feel like it was anything other than a waste of time. This time, it didn't turn out half-bad.

Teyla, however, has a reminder for all of those tired of wank and people being stupid in general:

See what happens when I get bored?
ultranos: ibuki maya sitting at laptop in shorts and a t-shirt, eating a cookie, with prompt \\ "Rocks fall; everybody dies." (this would be much simpler)
Is there an episode/scene where someone on SG-1 eats cake, other than "Brief Candle"?

Yes, this is related to the last post. You should see my Excel spreadsheet. Yes, I might be insane.
ultranos: daniel sleeping on a nuke (even my sleep is dangerous)
I mentioned this to [livejournal.com profile] dixietwist. I have no idea how many other people would get it, but:

Music video of "Still Alive" (Portal ending song, written by Jonathan Coulton), featuring RepliCarter, from SG-1.

If you know both, just think about it.

I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing I don't know the first thing about vidding.


ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (Default)

Memoranda from the Usual Suspects

Media List:

Currently Watching:
-- Supergirl(hiatus)
--Pitch (hiatus)

Currently Playing:
--[null] (PS3)
--[null] (PS2)
--Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
--[null] (PSP)
--[null] (XBox360)
--Endless Legend (PC)
--Fallout: New Vegas (PC)

Currently Reading:


-The Rook, Daniel O'Malley
-Fortune's Rising, Sara King

-Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, David Daley


"So she's good cop, he's bad cop, you're morally-questionable cop, and I'm set-things-on-fire cop."

"Sounds about right."


"WARNING: When attempting to be clever, make sure you not actually just being stupid."


"Did you remember to sacrifice the goat before burning the ISO to the DVD-R?"

"Crap! Um, I've got a charred piece of meat here."

"That's called a steak. That's dinner. What about the sacrifices?"


"I escape through quantum-tunneling. What do I need to roll for that?"


"Why is it called a 'Monkeylord'?"

"Because it looks like a spider."


"I have a moral objection to this problem. It implies microwaving a steak."


"Did you eat the crazy cookies this morning?"


"The GPU goes 4 by 4, hurrah, hurrah."

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