lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
(Crossposting from my dA journal since Dreamwidth allows for anyone to reply)

One of the things I'd like to do this year is commission a picture of one of my characters. Probably either Tonya or Nyalla, and while I have text descriptions for both the place I always get stuck is visual references. Anyone have suggestions for more than just plugging keywords into Google Images? Or any magic sauce for doing that better? I'll probably grab pencil and paper try sketching out stuff, I could use the practice anyway, but yeah my skills haven't improved there since the last time I posted a drawing.

Likewise if there are publicly posted character profiles that you think are good models to follow, I'd be interested in those too.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
From James Nicoll's review of Rocket Girls (the novel)

"Japanese Space True Believers seem much less annoying than Anglosphere Space True Believers. I wonder why that is? It cannot just be that it is a comedy; Anglosphere Space True Believer comic SF exists and is generally pretty horrible.

[From comments:

I have a theory about why this worked for me where an Analog-style Purest Lead Comedy wouldn't: the people Nojira spends the most time casting as comic figures are the people on his side, the staff of the SSA. My memory of such comedy musings as the Captain Empirical stuff is that the main targets were uppity third worlders and feminists: the author's enemy.]"

(Note these are both from James Nicoll, top part in the review, the bottom part in the comments section)

You know, I think this is good advice in general. Treat your opponents fairly in what you present, and if you're going to tease then tease your own side. For one thing it suggests that you are yours are capable of taking a joke. It also implies a degree of confidence since you aren't being hyper paranoid.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
As some of you know, my job could be described as being like a helpdesk job at times. Which leads me to an important question.

Would it be offensive if I said I needed to learn Yiddish so I could properly express the mental pain that such a job can sometimes inflict?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
I know some of you out there are keeping track of your books on your computers. May I ask what software you're using? I have a few hundred several hundred maybe a few thousand books that really need to get inventoried. I've spotted a few duplicates and in the last two months ended up buying at least one duplicate for certain and have another that may or may not be a duplicate.

Maybe if I can get them organized I can even in the process divert a few into a give-away or sell pile.

Rock gyms

Dec. 23rd, 2006 10:00 pm
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
I believe at least a few people I know have done some climbing at indoor rock gyms. I hadn't really thought about it much until an email at work mentioning a local rock gym in Tempe. It seems like it could be fun (even if they do insist on signing scary waiver forms, 'I understand rock climbing is like slipping a noose around my neck and won't sue if I die' seems to more of less be the translation of the waiver text), and a more interesting than just doing yet more crunches and push ups et al.

Anyone have some personal experience with it? Anything I ought to know?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Anyone know where we could find a cheap no-frills monitor? Something that does at least VGA, but is in the 12" range?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Male Restroom Etiquette. Not, I repeat NOT work safe. Mild bathroom humor.

Based on the Male Restroom Etiquette page on Everything2.

Illustrations of potential urinal situations and the proper responses. And remember, under no circumstances should you speak even a single word in a male restroom. The survival of civilization depends on remembering that!

"...at this point flushing is widely considered to be mandatory. As for commodes, the rule is, without qualification always flush when you are finished."

"Speech, is your enemy! Never, ever, under any circumstance say a single word while within a bathroom! Not to a friend, not to a lover, not to Jesus himself. Violation of this precept grates against all good things and the way of nature, corrodes the efficiency of the bathroom, and places the very fabric of our civilization in peril."

"They strike up a conversation about linux, and before long lose all track of time. So there they are, standing at the urinals, discussing the advantages of open source development..."

"The young man is shy on experience in his field. But instinctively he knows he's going to need backup."

It even touches on Maslow and his hierarchy of needs.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Anyone using the current version of Ghost? I was surprised when I started seeing customer reviews with very unhappy comments, and then I discovered that it's no longer using the same engine underneath. It seems that Ghost 2003 was the last version of the old Ghost, symantic apparently bought out another company that had a drive imaging program and simply renamed the next version of that Ghost.

On the plus side the new Ghost appears to have good support for usb and firewire hard drives and burners.

On the down side it now runs from within windows, which means if you want to image the boot drive you are running from the same drive you are scanning. Which just doesn't sound to me like a recipe for good accurate images.

So is anyone on here using a current version of Ghost or have used it and have an opinion of whether it is still worth buying? Or would my money be better spend keeping my copy of Ghost 2000(2001?) and putting an internal DVD burner in this laptop instead?

Ghost came in quite handy on my old desktop machine, but the laptop has a 40 gig drive. That would be quite a stack of CD's. But I liked knowing that if something went crazy I could always just pop in the CD's and re-image the box. The laptop is, I believe, starting to be asking for a fresh install of windows. (And if I'm wiping the drive clean, I might as well partition it and put linux on too)
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Anyone local willing to share some basic household electrical skills? I have a lamp with a busted socket switch that I would like to fix instead of throwing out. Skimming through some web pages this looks like a pretty simple task. That said, I'd prefer to have someone with experience ready to slap me up the back of the head if I started to do anything stupid.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Tapping into the local hive mind I ask, do any of you own steam (yeah, I know they aren't really using steam) cleaners. I have been finding myself looking at everything from those little Bissell Spotbots to the full size uprights. What's really attractive is that some of them can be used on linoleum us well as carpets (goodbye mop! hurrah!).

But, neither I nor my parents have one. So, any of you out there used one before? Are they worth it, or should I flee to another part of the stores?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Princess Tutu has been mentioned a few times recently, including reference to an accidental Tutu/Akira crossover suggestion. So, having recently run across Tutu I have to ask, "Why did no tell me to look at this sooner?" In case anyone wasn't sure, as much as I like Full Metal Panic (Big mecha taking down helicopters with thrown giant knives, yay!) and Ghost in the Shell SAC, I also like cute stuff. Cute stuff rocks!

So I thought I'd try asking for suggestions. Here is a list of anime and manga that I like and if anyone has any suggestions just post a reply.

1. Slayers (all of it)
2. Noir (haven't finished it yet, but like it through the third disc)
3. Inu Yasha & Ranma (the shows run forever, but I still like them)
4. Hellsing (Nice twist having Dracula, excuse me, Alucard work for the vampire hunters)
5. Hyper Police (Catgirls, werewolves, kitsune, and gunfights, yay!)
6. Nuku Nuku, and Nuku Nuku DASH (Nuku Nuku TV on the other hand gets a big, 'Eh, whatever.' On the other hand, if Nuku Nuku TV had been done as a sentai show... Can you picture a live action show if someone done up as a catgirl facing off with someone in a washing machine costume? Complete with creative camera angles and simple special effects work. It might work, it just might work.)
7. Trigun (I really need to grab the last few discs but I like the first 2/3rds)
8. The first volume of the Tutu manga (and the first episode of the Anime, yay for preview discs!)
9. Fruits Basket. (Whatever I could say has already been said better.)
10. Card Captor Sakura (The manga, only seen a little of the anime)
11. Tsubasa
12. Xxxholic
13. Magic Knight Ray-- okay, lets save space and just say CLAMP.
14. The first three volumes of Desert Coral (Please ADV, please give us more!)
15. The Kindaichi Case Files (Please, may we have the anime and live action Kindaichi too?)
16. Bleach (Which being the new 'manga you're required to like' I was prepared not to like, but it grabbed me)

And a few non-manga/anime

1. Sledge Hammer. What's not to like about an intentionally over the top cop show.
2. Eerie Indiana. Imagine if the X-Files had been done a few years earlier and involved a group of middle school students rather than FBI agents. Reduce the angst a little and mix in a touch more silly and you have Eerie Indiana.
3. Danger Mouse. What's not to like about it? Other than the lack of additional episodes.
4. Firefly. Will someone please stop letting Fox have anything to do with good shows.
5. Jack of All Trades. Bruce (Ash) Campbell as an American spy in the early 19th century Caribbean. Goofy mad science, a midget playing Napoleon, and the historical accuracy of Xena.
6. My Best Friend is a Vampire. Ah, who wouldn't enjoy a vampire coming of age story? Or was it a warning of why grocery delivery is a dangerous career.
7. Babylon 5. Everything Star Trek wanted to be. Continuing story lines, good to great characters, epic battles, politics, a universe that was allowed to change as events occurred, Penn and Teller as guest stars. Someday we will invent a device to travel between parallel worlds and get to see the full runs of Crusade and Rangers as well.
8. Stosstrup. A series that used to run in Furrlough. In 2020 Swiss scientists trying to use genetic engineering to speed up cheese production instead accidentally kill half the worlds population with a vicious plague. In 2026 the survivors band together and world peace breaks out --- wait it may be a furry title but the politics isn't that cartoony. In 2026 the various countries have mostly ended their internal civil wars and strife and decide to distract their citizens with external fighting. What starts as a sci-fi battle involving battles in earth orbit and cutting edge aircraft soon bogs down and becomes a ground war with no end in sight. The European Alliance vs. The Eurasian Commonwealth, with the common soldier caught in the middle.
9. Albedo. Another furry title, this one a fairly hard science fiction series. Three hundred years earlier the citizens of a planet suddenly realize they have no idea where everything came from. Near as they can tell one day they suddenly woke up and went to work in nice modern cities with no memory of anything prior. When researchers can't find any evidence of earlier civilizations their attention turns to space. Then when the first few colonies and space explorers find no evidence of life out there attention soon turns to the time honored world of politics (eg: Hurrah for Utopia, but why in the world should our neighbors get to have utopia too). The issues come out on an irregular and long schedule, but it's worth waiting for.
10. Usagi Yojimbo. Interesting trivia time, the first story was published in the back of an issue of Albedo. UY has also been made into an RPG by two different companies (the second of which has also made the current Albedo RPG).

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