Mar. 6th, 2012 09:03 pm
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I've got a couple of teaser pics, and a movie file of the last hour of the job. They were taken with the built in camera on my iMac, so not the greatest quality. Pics will be posted here, torrent of movie to come. :P

Pics of the operation. )
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I just reactivated my old Paypal account. Why? To buy stuff I guess, although I really cant remember what got me going on it tonight. Every few months I'll make a new account only to remember that my bank details are already assigned to my old paypal account. And everytime that happens, I always try a little dance with the "recover your email address" option they have there usually resulting in my incumbent frustration and a vow to call them during business hours to fix it.

Not today! I don't know when they changed it, but tonight they asked me for alot of the same stuff as before, but I actually got the phone number I used to signup right! (Had the area code on it). So now I'm once again the proud owner of my original account, circa 2003. It was signed up with an Internode email address, lol.

So now I'm going through and updating all my information on the system to make sure it doesn't happen again. One thing that struck me as amusing was the timezone: I had it set to -8 (Los Angeles Time). I guess when I signed up Australia wasn't implemented yet, or I was too noob to remember which 8 was Perth. :P
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Monday I bought Drawn to Life second-hand, somewhat leery of the necessity for artistic skill. After a cursory attempt at playing, decided that I'd return it and get my money back.

Tuesday decide to give it a chance, and not return it the day after I bought it. Instead, played Sudoku on Brain Training and did some CoH. Got my Roboneko to level 32.

Today, decide to make a proper go of making a character. After discarding the idea of a 40K Space Marine (the shoulder pads didnt look authentic) I decided to actually make my own.

Initially, I wanted to make Roboneko, but sketching the arm made me quickly realise that Wolverine-claws are boring and hard to draw 2D. Instead, I decided to make the arm I was drawing into a mass of tentacles (see Callisto of Marvel Comics) and, when asking VP_Gav what I should put on its other arm, was duly informed "a scythe".

Drawing a scythe arm which somehow reminds me of the "flesh-hooks" of 40K Lictor fame, along with the tentacles on the other side, made me realise how brilliant this creature was going to be. I rushed the legs and the head, in order to play it faster.

Its legs are bent like the treacherous Tumnus, and the status of its head is in doubt, the entirety of it above the shoulders being encased in a gigantic, orange top hat. I was going to supply it with a barbed tail, but the game engine was not really built to accomodate that.

The creation is devilish. Its name is Frankenos.
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Its that time of year again. Valentines Day. On that note, I resolve that this year I shall finally get the toga, sandals and laurel wreath costume parts on at least two of my characters in the "City of" games. THIS YEAR FOR SURE. :P
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but I've done another internet quiz.

Also went to see Mist. A really important statistic is that you are more likely to survive in Cloverfield than in The Mist.

Double XP weekend was fairly good, I hope that some of the new players will be willing to tough out the "non-bonus" periods (i.e. the rest of the game), since having more people play increases the fun and XP for all.

Also, Valentines Day is coming up soon I think, so there should be some cool seasonal mishes from DJ Zero of Pocket D. Yay. :P

Next week is the AGM for PAniC. I need to think up a suitably provocative and stimulating speech. :P

My dieting hasn't really gone so well, what with Australia Day on the first week, Jules birthday on the second week, Tahlia's on week three and the AGM on week 4. I'm sure pretty soon we'll run outta weekend events. :P
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So I was recovering yesterday after going outside in the terrible heat, my first mistake, when I thought probably the most profound thought that was ever thought yesterday, within a 10 kilometre radius, anyway. I thought: "You know what would make a great numberplate? ROFLATIO." Ponder, and be amazed. :P

So yeah, a few days ago, "The House" decided to get a new television for the living room. 46inch LCD 1080 Sony Bravia. Very nice. The console games are looking HAWT, very sharp and precise. The mechs in my Dynasty Warriors: Gundam actually look like CG renders now, rather than cartoons, which is nice eye-candy even if I did kinda prefer the cartoony look. But the character portraits look alot nicer, as do the weapon effects, so the trade off is all-in-all better. Oh yeah, the TV came with a promotion: free PS3 when you send off proof of purchase etc. So it looks like we'll be picking up a Blue-Ray player as well. :P
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Was getting out of work and looking for a place I could buy a drink on EFTPOS and get some cash out, when I stopped in at one of the ubiquitous newsagents run by asians that litter the CBD. While trying to make up the $10 minimun I needed to get parking money, I noticed a magazine, full colour and glossy, featuring the large text "TOTAL ANIME", with headlines about the new Eva movie, Afro Samurai and Death Note. Considering the longevity of any dedicated print publications on anime, I decided to pick up a copy, and a Goulburn Valley Banana milk to go.

Having just skimmed over it, it seems that "Total Anime" is just a special edition of a magazine called SFX. Doesn't list a website, but the publishers in Ozland are Derwent Howard. Anyway the content seems pretty interesting, while I haven't read a full article, I got partway through the Evangelion Movie report, and plan to read the editorial columns once I get better at Guitar Hero on Hard.

One of the articles that caught my eye was about Magical Girls, including the history and some well known examples. Another comedy (I hope, anyway) article was subtitled "Develop instant superiority to people who only watch anime with our easy guide to becoming an instant manga bore...". While it wasn't much of a how-to, it showcased some popular new and old anime who's manga was clearly superior, and the fraudulent conversations of "Newbie fan" and "Manga bore". :P I can totally see some of these lines coming in handy, especially the Nausicaa ones. :P

Almost forgot to mention, the magazine came with a DVD, but it seems to be another Madman Sampler. I havent even taken it off the cover yet. :P

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