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Character Sheet of MyselfWhile I'm waiting for my latest depressive bout to fade away, I was recently reminded of GURPS, and decided to throw together a character sheet of myself. On the off-chance that somebody wants a fully-fleshed NPC, here it is.
This version of the sheet is for a cinematic setting, roughly equivalent to a modern action TV show. To bring the sheet back down to reality, drop the cinematic-level abilities and buy back IQ and its secondary abilities to 13.
True name: Daniel Eliot Boese
Common Name: DataPacRat
Birthday: October 12, 01976 AD
Residence: The Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario, Canada
Character Concept: The answer-getter guy.
Motivations: "I'd rather be alive-and-healthy than dead, and technology's changing fast enough that there's non-zero odds I might be able to live through the next millennium. Of course, that won't work if all of humanity's dead, so sometimes it's worth taking a short-term risk for a potential long-term gain."
NPC role: Mouthpiece for th
My only political journal, I hope.Nazis are bad, mmkay?
Godwin (of Godwin's Law) recently tweeted at https://twitter.com/sfmnemonic/status/896884949634232320 : "By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you."
There's an old saying:
Avoid rather than check,
Check rather than harm,
Harm rather than maim,
Maim rather than kill.
If a nazi is about to kill somebody, it's moral to use violence to check their actions. If nazis are going to kill lots of somebodies, it's moral to use lethal violence to defend against them.
Fortunately, I live in an area where violence isn't in the immediate future. Which means I can focus on those few fields where my actions may be able to make a long-term difference. Having any chance at making a difference there means I need to think very hard on those things. I have little enough time to do any good that I shouldn't waste it arguing about topics as basic as 'the sun goes around the earth' or 'bigotry is bad'. So if you think 'liberal', 'SJW', or 'cuck' are ins
Over the Hump, and Starting a Return to NormalityThere are some downsides to being a data pack-rat, as well as the obvious up-sides.
I'm in the process of moving to a new house, and the last month has pretty much been dedicated to that project - everything from a new set of floorboards being laid down to finding the best stores near the new place to buy my favourite beverage (grapefruit Perrier). The process is still ongoing, and I'm still going to be paying rent at the old place for some months to come; for example, even after getting rid of nearly all my mass-market paperback novels, there are still a /lot/ of books in the old family library that are still going to have to be shlepped over to the new one, and not a single member of my family has great strength or endurance.
But most of the hard work and planning is done, and life is settling into a new normal: today, I hope and plan to apply for a new library card, do some banking, grab some income tax forms, and just maybe visit the nearby branch of a computer store to upgrade my
Happy 20th Annifursary!As best as I can figure, it's been twenty years since I was someone who didn't quite know what I'd found so interesting about bootleg Brian O'Connell GIFs downlowded through dial-up BBSes, to a full-fledged member of the online furry community who was participating in FurryMUCK, among other online furry communities of the time. So I figured I'd celebrate this year by trying to poke some gentle fun at some of the sillier aspects of fursonas that have developed over the last twenty years, by coming up with the most ridiculous fursona I could think of.
Am I /really/ transitioning my fursona to an digitized brain running on a computer system the size of two cargo containers? ... Well, it's gotten a surprisingly positive reception, so I might come back to the idea, but I don't plan on going permanently limbless just yet. (For those of you who read about Dee - that's /permanently/ limbless. Reattachable cybernetic prosthetics are another matter. )
As I said in one of the 'New Fursona' pos
Transitioning to a New FursonaSix years is an eternity, in Internet Time.
It was in early 2011 when I finished assembling the pieces of a Second Life avatar with a woman's body, a rat's head, white fur, and blue spiky hair. Within a few months, I'd commissioned pictures of her; within a few years, I built an entire science-fiction universe for her to live in.
When I was very young, one of my first furry experiences was seeing the absolutely silly centaur in a Hercules cartoon, but then trying to imagine what it would actually feel like to have six limbs. In the '90's, when I discovered FurryMUCK, I imported a sapient bat D&D character, turned it into a shapeshifter who spent a lot of time as a blue fox-taur, and for a time used the nom-de-net "Foxtaur"; that's still my username at SlashDot. The point being, people grow and change, and as we do, the perfect fursona in one decade no longer quite fits the next.
I've come up with a new fursona that I think more closely reflects who I've become in recent years. I'll
The Pack-Rat UnloadsYesterday was... a day. Each day for a week or three, I've been hauling some books down from my spare-bedroom-turned-library, and boxing and bagging them up. (Speed limited thanks to dust and asthma.) Yesterday they finally went out my door, to a van, and to a local used-book-store dealer. I consciously tried to avoid keeping too close track, but have spent enough time trying to ingrain the skills of estimation so that I'm confident in saying "somewhere north of 500 books".
... And that's just been the SF&F novels so far.
After spending some weeks looking around for options, my total income from this operation: not one ¢. Cash spent on the books: Well, if you assume a cover price of around $10... "a lot". Though at least it's been spread over the past 30 years.
I can definitely say that I am not feeling happy. What I /am/ feeling is... not an emotion that's come up that often in such novels. I've been applying some of the teachings of the Stoics, which is enough to keep me fro
My Scientificy Report on Rose-Coloured GlassesAs you may recall, almost three months ago, I got myself a pair of glasses with red-tinted lenses. My purpose, other than being able to make jokes about literally looking at things through rose-coloured glasses, was to try to improve my sleep by applying the theory that limiting exposure to blue light shortly before bedtime improves one's ability to fall asleep. A couple of other tools I have to apply this theory are the "Redshift" program, which changes my monitor's colour balance; and a remote-controlled RGB light-bulb.
Unfortunately, my attempts at gathering useful quantitative data have been foiled by a confounding factor: my "non-24-hour sleep/wake phase disorder". (On the plus side, I've started collecting some decent data on said disorder, such as that I average out at a 25.5 hour circadian cycle, though with high variance.)
Today, however, I finally got in the mail a tool that lets me collect quantitative data of a different kind: a spectroscope. It's a passive optical tool, wh
Looks like I'm moving this year.I've lived where I am now since around '99-'00. (... Which is probably longer than some members of FA have been alive.) Not the best place in the world, but not the worst, and I've gotten used to it.
Due to complicated family and financial stuff, though, most likely, by the end of the year, I'm going to have moved to a new place about 22 km (15 miles) away. A couple of the family households are consolidating, to help save on rent, so I'm going to be living with a few new people, too. But there's still going to be local bus service, a 24-hour coffee shop less than a kilometre away, and I'm definitely going to make sure we've got decent internet, so... once the move is done, I should be able to manage.
The tricky part is going to be the move itself. In case I haven't mentioned it recently, I've got asthma, which significantly limits the amount of physical activity I can do. In addition, dust makes my asthma symptoms worse; and, to put it delicately, one of my current roommates could be d
Man, constant exhaustion sucks.Caution: Personal complaining without purpose.
Over the years, I've gotten used to occasional bouts of stronger-than-usual depression, and have adapted myself to cope with them. A few days of having no interest in doing anything, extra sleeping, doing the mental equivalent of eating comfort food by watching some '80's cartoons or the like, and then I'm back to my usual not-quite-as-depressed self where I'll take a 7 km stroll at the drop of a hat.
This last week-or-so hasn't matched that pattern. Instead of simple "anhedonia", a lack of any positive mental effects from usually-enjoyable activities leading to a lack of motivation, I'm feeling physically exhausted. Not sleepy - okay, not /just/ sleepy - but even just taking a ten-minute walk to a coffee shop 0.7 km from home, and my legs and hips complain more than they used to for the walks ten times as long. The pattern also doesn't match my previous experience; instead of gradually sinking or gradually getting better, it's just kind o
The DERE TypesExplained Tsuki Style.
These are all the dere's I know
If there are more, please tell me and I'll add on :3
Bakaderederived from baka, idiot and dere, lovey dovey
- A bakadere as the name implies is a stupid idiot in love, clumsy with the way they're in love, but super in love :3
Bodere: They lash out when embarrassed, and prefer fists over words.
Byoukidere: Usually very sweet and kind, but suffer from some disease (usually a fatal one.) They are often frail and weak in nature.
Dandere derived from silent, is simply a silent type
- Dandere is someone who doesn't talk, is shy and antisocial until the right person comes along, at that point they will talk and become more confidant.
- Daruderes are those who are nonchalant to those who they love, but they do express emotions, just usually show no interest in those who like them
The Voice of AnimalsFor so many defenseless creatures, Hell is just on Earth
"Violence against human animals and violence against non-human animals are the two sides of the same horrible coin"
The content of these videos might upset your sensibility
What a shame for human beings! (editor's note)
(Behind the mask of civilization and progress it often lurks an abomination made of violence again
pixel commissions - open15/01/19 update: I remade this journal and added everything I offer for the moment and changed some prices to raise money to get my boyfriend out of his abusive house. My commissions will remain open but please be patient. Thank you.
Terms of Service
Outline color (if wanted):
code: baby icon
200 - $2,50 usd
can add: colored border (white or any color you want); solid background.
300 - $3,50 usd
Commission Info (open)Commission Info
I only do to the cartoon art commissions for everyone that requested me!
If you request me from weeks or month ago, i might not work on it so i will give refunds out to people that pays me.
1.) Please do not rush me...
2.) One person at a time!
3.) Please pay attention to the colored bullets
4.) Please do not pay the points till i tell you
5.) Please read the list that I may draw or not
6.) I do accept PayPal money (USA money) and points
7.) Please do not give me a description of your character, it will take a long time.
What type of art: (pick)
Points or payPal: (pick)
What type of art: half body
Character Refs: (insert your picture ref)
Points or Paypal: Points
If you're using PayPal, i will give you my PayPal link to pay there if i pick your request.
I do draw
Variation 21. Introduction
40. 4:29 PM
41. Citric Acid
44. Two Roads
45. Two Guns
50. Breaking the Rules
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
61. Fairy Tale
63. Do Not Disturb
73. I. Can't.
79. FUCK [if this theme offends you you may do the alternate theme "Balk"]
81. Pen and Pap
People who take commissions/requests and TranslateIcon:
CLOSED - 2500 Watcher GiveawayLike I promised in a previous journal, I've wanted to hold another giveaway to celebrate that I have gotten over 2500 amazing watchers and now I finally have the money to hold it!
The rules are very simple, be a watcher of mine! New watchers are more than welcome!
Of course I appreciate it if you want to share this in a journal/poll/status update or whatever, but that's not a must
Also, I will NOT give the prize to another account! The account you've used to participate in my giveaway is the one that will get the prize!
Please don't watch me just to unwatch me after the giveaway is over, it's rude and I will block you from taking part in any of my future raffles and giveaways.
On Sunday the 13th of January I'll pull two winners by using the random number generator and these two will get to choose between a 3-month Core Membership or if the winners would rather have the prize paid in money or points (15 dollars/1200 points).
Please observe, if the winners wants the money in
Commission infoSTATUS: ON HOLD
Update 2010/01/09: Commissions are on hold again until I finish the queue.
I accept both PayPal and deviantArt points ($1.00 = 100 points)
Payment is expected beforehand
Most commissions are done within a weekVisual references only (unless it's simple, like "Pikachu with a blue scarf")
Commissioners get the full resolution version of their commission
I will draw: Pokémon, animals, anthros, humans, monsters, etc.I won't draw: NSFW, anything excessively dark-themed, etc.
$3.50 / 350 points
A fusion of two Pokémon you choose
You can also only choose one (or no) Pokémon, then I'll pick the other(s)
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I really hate dealing with trolls like thisI really do. It may not seem like it, but I have to go out of my way to cut through a bunch of bullshit and a large amount of the time that really isn't needed. But... you know, sometimes, people want attention from me and they won't shut up about it. It'll just end up wasting more of my time if I don't nip this in the bud. Especially if they threaten to sue you. This is new. I mean, I've had trolls threaten to kill me, but never threaten to sue me.
"It has come to my attention that you are writing a webtoon using the name Growing Around. I am a member of my town's local band created 2 years ago, named due to the fact that the band has two 13 year olds, one 17 year old, one 21 year old, and one 28 year old. I must ask that you please change the name of your webtoon, and I must inform you that we will take legal action if you do not. Thank you for reading.
was the full comment of DeviantArt user http://growingaround.deviantart.com/ and later http://growinga