Monday, November 19, 2007
Well, I think that's it for today. Maybe I'll have more to talk about on another day.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Okay, so it's about 5:20 when this happened. I was in Hebron, on my way down to Purdue because Justin wanted to go to Game Craze to look and maybe buy some older games (he's a collector). Anyways, a cop pulls me over. I'm like WTF, what did I do this time? Was I speeding? Anywhos, the cop, a chick, asks me for my lisense and registration. As I'm pulling out my ID, she asks me if I knew what I did to be pulled over. I say that I didn't know (although I thought it might've been speeding). She says 'are you kidding? I just put the lights on.' She takes the ID and the registration from me (also mentioning that I forgot to put the little sticker on my plate) and walks away, not telling me what I had done.
About 30 minutes later, she comes back. With two tickets. One for the sticker not being on my plate, the other for not having a seat belt on. At this point, I'm like, waitasec... I call bullshit! I tell her that I had my seat belt on the whole time, and in fact, told both Chrissy and Justin to put their's on before we got going. We try to argue out of the ticket as politely as we can, but no luck.
I hate cops so fucking much... They're so full of crap these days.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Zero no Tsukaima season 2
A number of people know this: I'm a hopeless romantic at heart. So several scenes in ZnT were fucking awesome for me. However, the majority of the anime has been pure failure. When the animators stuck to the original novels (kidifying when needed >.< ), it was good. When they went in their own direction, it sucked most of the time. The entire Agines arc took way too long. They could've focused more on the war that was going on than on a poorly written subplot that should've only taken maybe 3 episodes at most. Instead, most of the season (which was only 12 episodes) was wasted. However, there were some great moments, or atleast I loved them.
Kaze no Stigma
Okay, this has been somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me. I wish it hadn't, because it ended up being crap. The animation was alright in the beginning but started to fall midway (typical of Gonzo). The story was subpar. And Kazuma's relationship with Ayano seems too forced (although I really did enjoy Kazuma's antics involving her. 'Oh, I spilled some wine on your face *lick*' LOL). All in all, it was pretty shitty and the only reason I kept watching was for those silly cute moments. At least Zero no Tsukaima had more interesting plot to it than this.
Shakugan no Shana movie
So two shitty anime so far, right? Well, let's bring it up. Shakugan no Shana is one of my favorite anime these days, with its second season airing this fall (episode one aired a few days ago, still waiting on the subs). So of course I watched the movie when I got the chance. I originally watched it without subs. I do that sometimes with anime. Later, the subs came out much to my glee. Anywhos, the movie sums up the first 6 episodes of the anime and makes it far better. From what I've read, it follows the original novel much better. And it actually animates more and better fighting when the movie started to diverge a little from the anime (the first half used some animation from the anime itself). In short, I loved the whole damn thing.
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Normally, I hate most mahou shoujo anime. Nanoha has been the one exception thus far. In the first two seasons, they diverged from the norm of the genre and added tones of awesome. So with the 3rd season, I had to check it out.
I was so very disappointed.
On of the problems was that the cast kept growing with each season. With season three, the huge cast was tripled. While most of the cast were only minor characters, even the main cast was too large. The introduction of the Forwards was a large mistake. I wanted to watch the adventures of Nanoha, Fate, and Hayate. Not of a bunch of new kids being trained for like 4 episodes.
The season had its moments of course. Nanoha and Fate sharing that huge bed (insert lesbian jokes here), adding in Vivio, Fate's dual zambers (why couldn't that scene last longer!?!?). Anywhos, while I still have 2 episodes to watch, I doubt that could change my view of this disaster. They just tried to do way too much.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
I've called everything so far (except Shana) shit. However, Gurren Lagann is the exact opposite of shit. It is made of epic and win. It started as the sleeper hit of the spring season. Nobody saw Gainax's new series would be fucking awesome. But it was. From Kamina's huge speeches, to the over the top mecha action, to the constant drill and spiral references, to the ever expanding epicness of the plot, Gurren Lagann has been an enjoyable ride. Just about everyone who watched it will agree: Gurren Lagann is win. Gainax, you guys have topped EVA finally. Good job.
Overall: 11/10 (it's just that fucking epic)
That's it for today peoples. Now to go get some breakfast.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Alright, so what have I been up to in the past month? Well, a lot of things. Searching for an apartment with Louis, playing games, running my D&D campaign, proposing to Chrissy...
Oh, right, that one. Yeah... I got an announcement to make to the internet. A few people already know, but I'm sure the rest of you certainly don't.
I'm engaged now. Surprising, isn't it?
Allow me to explain as easy as I can. This will take a bit, however.
The part 1: the challenger
So, one of Chrissy's old friends called her up and wanted to hang out. This was a friend that she had once had a crush on years ago, but had no chance at the moment since the guy was going out with someone then. Now, two years later, he's single (but Chrissy isn't). So, after some shenanigins, they hang out and talk a bit.
The Part 2: the Problem
Days later, Chrissy calls me, and she's almost in tears. She told me that she was afraid that she'd have to choose between me and this kid. By the end of the night, she had made up her mind about staying with me, but there was still a little doubt in her mind. And mine. I knew I had to do something. Other than beat the crap of the guy. (It should be noted that Louis and Chapel both favored that option)
The Part 3: Crushing All Challengers with a Proverbial Tau Crisis Suit
The next day, I see Chrissy. We talk a little bit about the situation. She was still in doubt, though less so than the night before. Throughout the day, I had pondered about the action I was about to do. I pulled out a toy ring I had gotten from a quarter machine the night before (when I was out with family and Louis to see his then g/f). I had mentioned about how I had joked about proposing with the toy ring. Chrissy told me to do it - so, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. A hug and a kiss later, she asked me if I was serious. A part of me wanted to say it was a joke. Then I took a second to consider it. I had planned to do it anyways, but a few years later. Oh well, might as well move up my schemes and plots...
"Might as well be the real thing."
The kid was crushed when he found out. He had no chance to survive and couldn't make his time.
And when Louis found out that night (we were on our way to see Transformers), damn was he surprised. (Ohbytheway, Transformers rocked)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
A silver haired man with blue-tinted glasses sits in a comfortable looking leather chair, a book in hand. He glances up to see his guests. “I see it’s time for a story, isn’t it? Ya know, I just found this one earlier today. My mentor wrote it. It’s a story of one of his later adventures.
“Who is my mentor, you ask? Why he holds the title of ‘Fuujin, the God of Wind’. He is the founder and leader of the Anarchy Cross. He’s a wanderer, and he enjoys writing stories of the adventures he and others have been through. This, is one of them. And this will be today’s story…"
The man opened the book and began to read it out loud. “Dark stormy clouds could be seen off the coast that night. The residents of Waterdeep could easily tell it was going to be the worst storm they had seen in years. But the storm would soon be the least of their worries…
“Oh, sure, it was a bad storm, but what came after it made the horrible weather seem like a child’s playground. The next morning, people awoke to the sight of terrible black obelisks framing a vile fiery portal. Next thing they knew, monsters started to pour out from this portal, and several others littered throughout the city. It was as if the gates to hell itself had opened on their door step. In some cases, that was very literal…
"For myself, however, things were far less pleasant. I didn't get to wake up to that sight. Didn't even get a full night's sleep, even. What I found was red skies. At first, I thought I was looking at the beautiful sunset sky, then looking a bit closer, I realized it was too dark of a red. And the bright pulsing veins in the sky were a good clue to tell me that I wasn't in Faerun any more. Or Kansas, which would've been slightly better than where I ended up.
"It wasn't long before I heard noises of something shuffling about. And that was when I found a rather ugly face only a few inches away from my own face. A combination of reflexes and instinct kicked in as I swung my right arm wildly. The ugly thing jumped away in surprise. If only that moment lasted longer. I would later call these creatures 'scamps', since they looked like tiny, scraggly humans with big, elongated ears and nasty looking claws. The scamp took a lunge for my throat. A rolled over, avoiding its attack, and sprung off my hands to get back onto my feet. Luckily, my sword was at my feet. I kicked it up and grabbed the handle, ready to draw. I focused my senses briefly, searching for that instant to strike. Before the creature could spin around for a second attempt, I drew my blade and cleaved its head right off its neck in a single motion.
"The monster fell limp onto the ground, which I had now noticed was barren dirt with a slight rust color to it. As I looked around my surroundings, the only thought that came to mind was How the fuck did I end up in Hell? Later, I realized that it wasn't Hell that I was in, but a plane I would later identify as Oblivion. I looked around a bit, finding dead mauled townspeople lying around. Maybe fate was on my side that day, however. I found survivors. And they were adventurers, too. Or maybe fate just loves to mess with me..."_________________
Confused? Allow me to make this into more sense. In short, this campaign will take place in Faerun, the FORGOTTEN REALMS campaign setting. What is going on is that portals to Oblivion have opened all over the place. The party, however, doesn't get the chance to prepare to go into one of the portals, since they start off right inside one.
Yes, I realize that portals to Oblivion was covered in Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. I'm using that for a reason. And I'm not following that game's plot. After all, somebody else is behind this. Somebody with some very big ambitions.
Now for other important details. This starts off at level 10. Almost all WotC books are allowed, as long as I've seen it and have all the info I need. I intend this to be a good/neutral party, but there can be an evil character or two as long as they're not killing off the party or selling their souls to devils. All PCs and major NPCs will get the following extra goodies: one free regional feat and one skill that can be made into a class skill, regardless of what skills are available to their normal selection. Each character starts with 50,000 gp. More may resources may be given out as I see fit depending on character background and other interesting things.
I intend to use the taint rules presented in the Heroes of Horror book (also found in Unearthed Arcana and Oriental Adventures). I am considering using the Action Point system found in Eberron, as well, but I need to look that through some more.
Comments, suggestions, or questions should be directed to me via comments or AIM (RiotTheStorm). There's more, but since I'm kinda tired, I need to think more and look through more rules.
EDIT: These are the forums I plan to use for the game. Link
Monday, May 21, 2007
Me and Louis are planning to move out of our respective parent's homes and get our own apartment. This will be easier once I can convince Louis that the apartment is more important than the furniture (Louis was raised rather oddly in this respect). We're looking at a target due day of moving out of September.
Other random news:
I am suffering from a minor cold. A running nose and a sore throat is the worst of it. It is driving me insane, though.
Completely random but more of what I wanted to post about:
Okay, so I've had this idea running circles around my head for a few days now. I've had this idea for a D&D campaign that I'd like to run. Problem is that there are very few people in the area that play the game (outside of the Living Greyhawk people). 2 solutions came to mind. The first would be set up an RP on Gaia Online. Chances of it, I'd use that as my test run of the game. The second solution would be to use a forum that I had made years ago but never used and set up the game as a more free-form styled RP but using D&D as the basis and as the combat rules and god-mod limiter for characters in general. I'll post more of this idea if anyone cares or has any interest whatsoever. (Hint: comments would be nice ^^; )
Well, that should do it for now. See ya next week, or next time I feel like posting, whichever comes first.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Friday, May 11
Around 11, I get home with Louis in tow. We stand around and talk with my mom for a while and then went to put in the new headlight and turn signal for my car. Around 2 we went to bed.
Saturday, May 12
Got up at 6:20-ish. Showered. Took meds. Gathered all the stuff I wanted to bring with me and put in the car. Woke up Louis around 7. We take off about 15 minutes later. We pick up Chrissy, go get donuts, realize that Chrissy didn't print out the info she needed to get her badge and ran home to print it out. We finally hit the road to Chicago around 8:30.
About 2 hours later, we had arrived at the Hyatte. The short version of the drive was we got lost for about 5 minutes, during which Louis got better directions than Yahoo did. We went inside, got in line for registration, waited for like 20 minutes, then go into the pre-reg line (which had maybe 1 other person in it at the time). We get our badges (there was a mix up so I got only a Saturday badge while Chrissy got a full one, so I had to steal hers later). We head to the dealer's room for the next hour or two. Very little was bought at this time, but Chrissy did try on two corsets. Sometime during this we lost Louis and ended up going to the main building and watching AMV's, which included a decent Haruhi one and one with the Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle from Metaloclypse. There was some more shopping stuffs, some signing of Chrissy's boobs (Hawk and Mookie got to sign one boob while I got the other one to myself), some listening to the Spoony Bards, and some general hanging out.
I took a number of pictures throughout the day. Found cosplayers of Guilty Gear (that surprised me, too), Fate/Stay Night, a Vertech, Dr. McNinja, Solid Snake, and a horde of Dan Hibiki's. I will have a link to the folder in my photobucket for this later.
Eventually, Louis rejoined me and Chrissy and we went to Denny's for dinner. Around 10:30-ish, Chrissy's brother came and picked her up. I went downstairs and played D&D with the most incompetent bunch I've ever seen. Only me and the GM knew what should've been going on the entire time. The rest were either too tired or too crazy to play with much sanity whatsoever. We went through 3 different sorcerers (who all looked the same and had the same abilities/spells/etc) and the fighter became a mutated yup-yup... thing. I got to see in 8-bit vision for a short while, we exploded one of the dead sorc's with a corpse explosion potion (which I ended up throwing into a room of skeletons). My paladin ended up ditching the party once he realized that he couldn't disbelieve the halfling rogue in an attempt to salvage what was left of the group. This was around the time I was getting too tired, so me and Louis went back to the car to crash.
Sunday, May 13
After waking up around 9-ish, me and Louis waited for an hour until we could get into the Dealer's room (it was supposed to be open at 9). We bought what stuff we had left on our list and then headed out. We ended up missing the turn off and taking a somewhat round-about route to get back home. It worked out alright in the end, though.
3 pins (one of Shakugan no Shana, one of Haruhi, and one of the Spoony Bards)
1 figurine of Shakugan no Shana
1 Apple Geeks T-Shirt
1 Fate/Stay Night pendant
1 Hi-grade Gundam model of Strike Noir
The DVDs for Seasons 3 and 4 of Red vs Blue
And a 3 sword set for $40
Well, I'm out of things to say, so I think I'll leave it at this. It was a lot of fun and as a note for myself next year, I'm so getting a room. Sleeping in the car sucks.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I'll be posting more after I recover from the con. Which means more than 4-5 hours of sleep.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Anywhos, last weekend (not the one that just past, the one before), I went down to Purdue for the Anime Club's Marathon. A 1 and 1/2 hour drive after leaving my house, I ended up at Cary Quad (the dorms I used to live in and where Chapel resided until finals ended last week). Surprised the shit out of John, who didn't know I was going to be visiting. A long story short that I don't remember most of, I hung out at the Union playing games on my compy and hanging out with peoples.
Silly things that happen include:
-The discussion of a 'rape setting' (along with the comment of "set rape to stun")
-Chapel finding a small portion of my hentai stash on my computer (this search came about when he remembered the challenge that my g/f made long ago to find some hentai on my computer back when she hated the stuff but now sends more to me than I actually have).
-I obtained one of this years PAC shirts, which has all of the PAC officers from this year (which includes me)
I ended up spending the night at Dave's apartment. The next morning I called in sick for work (didn't want to drive another hour and an half and then work 7 hours). The two of us went to the IHOP in town for breakfast, which included jokes about Sunday drivers ("Damn Sunday drivers." "Aren't we one of them right now?" "Shut up."). And then later on I drove home.
I hung out with Chrissy for a while when I got back to Valpo, and on the way home from her place, I hit a deer. I was lucky that I only clipped the poor thing in the ass with the side of my car, but I'm sure it hurt and it certainly hurt my car. I have to replace the right headlight and turn signal now. That's a good $200 down the drain. Atleast my car is still drivable even without those parts and the turn signal still works alright (the cover is what needs to be replaced, along with the frame).
So yeah, that was an eventful weekend. And now, I have posted. I think I'll do some drawing or something soon-ish. Or play Black and White 2 some more. Picked that up last week. It's nice to be god every so often.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
But regardless - enjoy the insanity. I'll be around for a while...
Friday, April 13, 2007
I got a new digital camera. No, I'm not going to take myspace pics of myself. I've done that enough with my cell's camera when I got it. It's a nice Polaroid digital camera. Not sure on the model name, but it says i533 on it. Got it for $100. Used to be $20 more, but it went down in price. There was also a pink one that supports breast cancer, but I'd rather not support cancer (lol). And I'm kinda cheap.
While I was out with Chrissy tonight, we bumped into Tim and Renee. There's something to be said about friends who's minds are in the gutter on a regular basis and love making jokes about it. I dunno what should be said, but I'm sure something should be.
There's also something to be said about Fazoli's charging 10 cents a bread stick. I'm sorry, but it's just not worth that much. Maybe 5 cents. Maybe.
Well, enough of that post. I'll see if I can crank out another painting sometime soon-ish. I gotta post in an RP on Gaia soon anyways...
Friday, April 6, 2007
First is the top image. Allow me to explain this one. My girlfriend, Chrissy, is grounded for her grades. Now, this isn't too unusual, except this semester (or rather trimester since that's how her school works), she's been working her ass off. Yet her parents don't seem to notice this. To make things short and without telling too much of my personal life, she wasn't in the best of moods. Something between anger and sadness. A weird and bad combination. I didn't know what I could do, if anything.
Second thing, not as depressing...
Inspired by a song that Chrissy put on a tape for me, I painted this. A very pissed off Fuujin (black hair version, instead of his normal green). I'll let your imagination take it from there.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
I've been thinking about what I should do with this blog. A part of me wants to make it a painting blog sorta thing. Where I paint what I feel (on my computer) and then post it here instead of on Deviant Art... The more spontanious artwork that I've been doing lately
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
something I've always tried to grasp in my art. I'm still failing, but maybe I'm getting closer. I'm not sure...
It's amusing how lines can confine a painting. I tried coloring this sketch without using lines to define it. That failed miseribly. So instead I painted over the sketch (in OpenCanvas), but didn't make any dark lines in it. It's kind of interesting to look at. Very basic look, really.
For some reason, I felt the need to do some arting. So I did. This is what came out. For someone who hasn't done much color work in the past few months, it's not bad.
Whoa... I haven't been able to hear out of my right ear all day. Now it's starting to affect my head and making me dizzy. This isn't fun...
I've been in several different D&D campaigns, but only 2 truly stand out in my memory (although sillyness from other campaigns still lurk in my head). These campaigns were run by my roommate (or former roommate since we both got kicked out of Purdue), James.
The first one that he ran that I was in was an evil campaign. At the beginning, I was a changling ninja and Dave played a half ghost elf, half Medusa warlock. Trust me, James managed to make that one work. For a little bit, it was just us two. This was because we hadn't met our other friends - Nick, Ben, and Nate. Nick played a human spellthief (he was one of the few non-evil characters in the group), Ben was a fiendish gray dwarven barbarian, and Nate (when he joined much later) was some weird race wizard Voldemort wannabe. It was amusing that the evil party was more-or-less forced to save to world.
It's easy enough to say we were a bunch of insane evil do'ers. The party was mostly chaotic evil. There was more backstabbing in the party than NPCs. After a while, I got bored with my ninja and switched for something far more destructive. A Chaotic Neutral (later evil) half-celestial druid who was the grand son of the god of destruction. There's something to be said about irony in this. I ended up getting a gauntlet that multiplied my damage by a d6. So, it was something along the lines of (1d4 + 7) x 1d6. I could either get shitty damage or massive damage. Everytime I got a major hit with that gauntlet, it reinforced the concept of 'don't fuck with the druid' to the rest of the party. I loved it. It was even funnier when I didn't cast many spells for the party. I just buff'd myself instead. I ended up reasoning that Sorata, my druid, was saving the world because he wanted to destroy it all personally.
Sadly, that campaign ended with the end of the year. The next year we moved onto a new campaign by James. This time we were good. Very good. It was kinda nice to move to a different purpose. I ended up playing a monk in that game. It always amused me in the fact that I was the first to charge into the fight, with little regard to my own safety. However, this campaign ended when both me and James were kicked out of Purdue. Tis a sad thing, since I enjoyed the game greatly.
Anywhos, I think this will do for now. Maybe I shall post more of my misadventures in D&D. Need to find a new campaign around here...
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
I am Locke Alexander. Or so I shall call myself that here on this blog. Yes yes, I know it says "Yamazaki Yoshio" over there by the log-in thing-a-ma-jig. Who gives a damn. I am using the name of Locke Alexander for a few different reasons. The first is simple - there's a level of 'you don't know who I actually am' on the internets. I wanna keep that here. You don't need to know my real name. But I shall tell you story behind the name. Simply put, it is the name of one of my favorite role-playing characters, known commonly as Lightning Eye Tetsu. The more complex explaination may come later if I feel like it. Or somebody bugs me enough about it besides my girlfriend.
I am an artist. That avatar over there? I did that. I'll link to my dA later. Yeah, I post my artwork on Deviant Art. What can I say? It's the best place to put it besides a personal website, and I don't want to go through the trouble of coding one. Had to do that before anyways.
I love anime. This is an understatement. a binder filled with CDs of anime (which may be replaced with DVDs in the future if I'm not as lazy as I have been) plus another 20 gigs on my harddrive (and growing) should be plenty proof of my anime fandom.
I love role-playing. I play D&D. I play City of Heroes (/tell @Sorata). I RP on Gaia Online (I keep to a literate RP guild to retain my sanity). I draw my RP characters. I know, I'm pretty lame like that sometimes.
I rant. A lot. If anywhere will be my bitch box, it will be here. I'm leaving LJ in hopes that I'll use this more and that more people will see it. We shall see, won't we? And many times, I rape the English language like it was a damn whore.
I think that'll be enough for one night. I hope you enjoy this blog, or at least be mildly amused by it.
-Locke (aka Yamazaki)