ultranos: lain is having techinical difficulties (argh)
Just so we're clear, internet denizens, I'm going to take this moment and just say that I'm probably going to go flat-out batshit insane for the next few weeks. See, I somehow thought it'd be a great idea to apply to grad school when I'm in the middle of writing a tenday. (I can't even blame the drugs for that brilliant decision, as I'm sick now and not 1.5 months ago. And for the record? Only I could get con-crud from a scientific conference. Why I thought grad students were healthier than gamers or sci-fi/fantasy fans I'll never know.)

And the first one is due in ten days, the next two 15 after that, and the last one 16 after that.

And then 20 days until the aformentioned tenday.

Oh my god, I am going to die.

(Washington D.C. was lovely, by the way. If only I hadn't had sucky internet so I could have actually done work instead of, uh, conferencing and goofing off. And sleeping.)
ultranos: red stickman on fire (the burning!)
Seeing as how the end of 2010 was marked by Crazy Rapid Spending on my part (damn you Steam and Amazon Student! *shakes fist*), my List of Games To Play and List of Books To Read are both rather long. And in an effort to make me actually, you know, not have made this a complete waste of money and make me play/read them, would people be interested in reviews of either or both?

Books to Read in 2011 )

Games to Play List )
ultranos: black on white safety stick-man getting a companion cube to the head (ow)
I'm still dithering on Yuletide. I've sort of got the signups open and half-filled out in two separate tags (one including the "Dear Author" letter), but I'm uncertain if I want to commit.

(I'm considering offering Portal, Persona 4, Deepgate Codex, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Serial Experiments Lain)

Gah, someone tell me this isn't going to end horribly.
ultranos: kino standing, staring ahead (contemplative)
Reference question: are there any books or other reference material for myth and legends from any of the following cultures that you would recommend? I've been datamining Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Mythica, but that only gets me so far.

Current List:
First Nations
English/Arthurian cycle

And any others you think are exceedingly interesting? I'm trying to get away from the Classical (Greek and Roman) if at all possible.
ultranos: souji with his head stuck inside a tv (tv is eating my brain)
1) I am dithering about Yuletide. I'm not convinced about my ability to be inspired enough to write anything to completion in a month. I don't even know what fandoms I'd request or offer. Mostly because I haven't looked at the list yet.

2) I made mushroom pasta for dinner. This makes me exceedingly content.

3) I considered going home for Thanksgiving, but before I could make a decision, the really good deal on tickets sold out, and I'm reluctant to pay $350+ for 48 hours home. Especially when I'm going home in a month and three days. I feel bad I got my mom's hopes up, but she said she totally understands and would have done the same thing. But I am Very Good at guilt. On the positive side, I don't have to deal with TSA four times in less than 2 weeks.

But I'm seeing who else in the area is a Thanksgiving orphan and semi-hosting a Thing. Although I'm itching to make a beef tenderloin or leg of lamb instead of a turkey.

4) A friend of mine showed me a video last night that has since become the craziest earworm EVER: The Complete History of the Soviet Union, Through the Eyes of a Humble Worker, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris


5) Another reason I'm dithering on Yuletide is that I should probably spend my energy generating ideas and the basic plot structures for this tenday I'm writing. I haven't had to work my gamewriting chops this hard since Centauri, and in terms of writing, I'd say Synchronicity (our tentative title) is a level above at least. Oh god, this thing is going to be crazy. Hopefully also awesome. If we're really good, it'll be crazy awesome.

6) This is having no mention of the crazy 'gateverse AU that popped into my head today and that [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077 has, of course, totally encouraged. I blame Darker than BLACK, actually.
ultranos: black on white safety stick-man getting a companion cube to the head (ow)
So, I caved and nominated some fandoms for Yuletide. I don't yet know if I'll participate in it, seeing as I'm starting to write a tenday and am contemplating NaNo. But I nominated

Kino no Tabi
Alan Campbell - Deepgate Codex trilogy
Persona 4
Haibane Renmei
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy Tactics

However, I am bitterly certain that the Yuletide admins will rule the last two ineligible because they include the words "Final Fantasy" in their title. Nevermind that FFT has 10 stories on AO3 and FFV has 2. Nevermind that on FF.net, FFI-VI don't even have their own categories and are lumped together. I guess I should just resign myself to the fact that I'll never get the fic I want from those games, just like I did years ago before I heard of Yuletide. (I will never get the "Meliadoul's crisis of faith" fic, will I? Because it's a Nice Thing and I Know The Rules About Nice Things.)

Yes, I am that bitter.

Speaking of NaNo, I've somewhat settled on Wintermarch, but I'm probably just going to use the time to poke at the world and character building aspects due to lack of unallocated free time (see also: writing a tenday). I was just doing some random sketches and somehow ended up drawing plot points, so...yeah, I think I know what my subconscious wants to do. I guess I can create a filter for Wintermarch ramblings, or I'll probably just cut-tag it. *shrug*
ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (Default)
I somehow seem to be turning into a comic book geek. I mean, I've read manga for years. But now I'm starting to poke into Western comics. Yes, I already read Scott Pilgrim, and Nextwave, Sandman, Watchmen, and V for Vendetta. I'm wondering what else I should dive into.

(Well, I stumbled upon some of Secret Six online and, uh, now seem to have 4 trades in my Amazon cart. Funny how that works.)
ultranos: cecilia adelhyde holding spell book (Default)
Discovery: writing Naoto's voice for this P4 fic for [community profile] 36_stratagems is not exactly easy.

Now, if I figured this out more than 10 days in advance, that'd have been super.

Relatedly, this is turning into an exercise in dialogue. I am strangely okay with this. (Oh god, will need a beta.)


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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