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16th-Aug-2012 04:14 am - FLASH!! BOOM! ZING!!
Why am I so bad at this LJ thing?

I don't know. I have a ton of stuff to talk about--I finished my summer-not-really-summer-more-like-March-to-August-that's-what-five-months job a little over a week ago and classes start next Monday (OH BOY I GET TO GO THROUGH PHARM ALL OVER AGAIN)(also the first bits of CEVS)(which is going to be simultaneously hilarious and awful)(because I'm going to have to sit through someone taking 45 minutes an eye on retinoscopy on me when I've already passed the practical where we had six minutes for both eyes)(but at least I don't have to take the tests for that one). I also helped my little brother move into his new house which will be his First Married House (October 13. Oh my goodness my little brother is getting married).

BUT what I actually want to talk about tonight is the fact that I am experiencing my very first Ocular Migraine (tm)!

There was a small little shimmering spot in both eyes just to the right of my central vision for about 15 minutes, which made it very awkward to read XKCD, and then slowly it expanded into a large shimmering backwards C that was always dancing just out of sight, which as you may guess is very frustrating when you're trying to document the appearance of visual phenomena for science.

THEN it got bigger and bigger and bigger and eventually took up my whole dextro visual field and there were SPARKS and BLUE AND RED FLASHING LIGHTS and little wavy LIGHTNING BOLTS and now the headache's started which is less fun but at least I have my regular migraine medication for that.

But mostly I was inspired by my across-the-street neighbor whose kids I played with for years growing up and who I recently found out is also an optometrist. (Go figure.) He has a blog which is very often very funny, but he recently documented his own retinal tear which I found absolutely FASCINATING, and I would would recommend the read just for the articulateness of it.

Oh, oh, oh, my head my head my head. GOING TO BED.

(This also reminds me of the patient we had one day who, upon learning I was in optometry school, said, "Oh, what's the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists again? They're the smart ones, right?" And when she realized what she'd said, back-tracked by saying, "I mean, they're the ones who are real doctors?"

Which, considering I've heard an ophthalmologist describe optometrists as "monkeys with glass cutters," is not the most insulting thing she could have said, I guess.)
loquaciousquark: ((misc) eyes! eyes everywhere!)
SO.

It appears, despite all good and holy reasons to the contrary, that I will be running a 4e D&D game for some of my buddies. This to me is an idea that might under certain circumstances seem a bit whiffy--viz I have not played D&D since freshman year of college, oh and also by the way I have never DMed before ever--BUT considering I went over to my friend's apartment tonight thinking it was going to be a planning session and instead found myself running one of the modules from the Red Box completely blind and still managed to stumble everyone through it pretty unscathed, I guess it's not the worst thing that could ever happen.

I mean. I had fun. That's--that's the point, right?

Now, I knew that I was probably going to be DMing for the group, which is made up of three guys I've known about a year and a half, the same three guys I previously played about four sessions of Legend of the Five Rings with which I probably didn't ever mention here, oops; BUT my customized campaign for them is only vaguely outlined in my head, and I didn't quite expect to do anything more tonight than character creation and finding out people's work schedules.

But then I got over there and lo, their characters were created! Their abilities were assigned! Their rolls and bonuses and action points were sorted and allotted appropriately! They even had a tiefling rolled up for me if I wanted to take over her in combat!

This was--I was NOT EXPECTING THIS, YOU GUYS. And then Kriv Frostbane was all "oh you looked at the books right we're good to go to test everything out tonight right" and I was all "uh I looked at them ONCE like a MONTH ago I mean I have a notebook of graph paper and a pen but I am pretty honestly NOT PREPARED" BUT as I have never ever EVER been the kind of person to permit that kind of NOT PREPARED-NESS in myself, I told them to give me ten minutes and while they got themselves set up, I read through the first encounter of the campaign as fast as I've ever read anything.

And then--we played it? I mean, it had a few bumps and jostles and there were a few times I completely made crap up and passed it off as law and I really need to look up the rules on combat advantage and flanking, but holy crap, I ran an encounter. AND IT WORKED! I mean, they saved the farmstead and they killed the bandits AND two wolves AND they even tried to give the widow the 20 gold pieces they looted from the bodies which was way more altruistic than I was expecting them to be, and even though we only played for about two hours I consider that a Serious Victory.

Okay so yes, there was the one moment where the book was all "the last bandit who survives tries to flee" but when the bandit tried to flee Kriv managed to Opportunity Attack him to prone status and then subsequently Intimidate him into giving up his secrets, and he was all TELL ME WHO YOU WORK FOR and I was like oh crap who the heck does he work for and then I had to pause the game while I looked up who, in fact, was in charge of these bandits, BUT. A HICCUP IN THE EVENING. Not bad for ten minutes' prep time!

So anyway, we're meeting again tomorrow night for the second part of the session. For anyone familiar with 4e, we're playing fast and loose with the Reavers of Harkenwold campaign. Tonight we just did the first encounter with Ilyana: basically, the party stumbles across bandits torching an innocent farmstead. Intervene? Y/N

(They picked Y.)

And like I said, it did go pretty well aside from the few nicks and notches from my own inexperience, but I managed to get through most of it from my history playing with Jade and in college, and from listening to every single one of the Penny Arcade 4e D&D podcasts (later episodes with Wil Wheaton!). Roll call is as follows:
  • the aforementioned Kriv Frostbane, gigantic Dragonborn who has been summarily banned from ever uttering the words "fus ro dah" on pain of instakill, spiked gauntlets
  • the sneaky and soft-footed Gillian Shadowstrider, rogue extraordinaire with a surprising altruistic streak, daggers and crossbow
  • the flute-wielding Rayne Stormfury, snobbish eladrin sorcerer who has difficulties RPing sincerely and tends to be the only person not playing Lawfulest of Lawful Goods at the table (seriously, he pocketed 8 gold from the leader of the bandits tonight and Gill was all NO WE HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THE WIDOW COME ON before I pointed out that he actually had no knowledge of Rayne picking up anything and therefore could not badger him into charitable donations). Wields, apparently, nothing but natural ones.
  • and Leira Fatebreaker, my sometimes tiefling whose name I actually really love. I don't have a backstory for her yet, but she's an artificer, which according to the WotC website is "a magi-technical engineer", "...new quintessential transmuter, abjurer, or simple buff mage," or in other words, means she's basically the party's healer.


So anyway, that's about where we're at now! If you have any tips for a first time DM, I'd more than welcome them. I felt mostly in control tonight, but it was a short two-hour session with everything spelled out, and starting from scratch will be a bit more complicated. Still, it looks fun, and I'm really excited to get this off the ground!
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) isabela's a real girl)
SO.

It appears, despite all good and holy reasons to the contrary, that I will be running a 4e D&D game for some of my buddies. This to me is an idea that might under certain circumstances seem a bit whiffy--viz I have not played D&D since freshman year of college, oh and also by the way I have never DMed before ever--BUT considering I went over to my friend's apartment tonight thinking it was going to be a planning session and instead found myself running one of the modules from the Red Box completely blind and still managed to stumble everyone through it pretty unscathed, I guess it's not the worst thing that could ever happen.

I mean. I had fun. That's--that's the point, right?

Now, I knew that I was probably going to be DMing for the group, which is made up of three guys I've known about a year and a half, the same three guys I previously played about four sessions of Legend of the Five Rings with which I probably didn't ever mention here, oops; BUT my customized campaign for them is only vaguely outlined in my head, and I didn't quite expect to do anything more tonight than character creation and finding out people's work schedules.

But then I got over there and lo, their characters were created! Their abilities were assigned! Their rolls and bonuses and action points were sorted and allotted appropriately! They even had a tiefling rolled up for me if I wanted to take over her in combat!

This was--I was NOT EXPECTING THIS, YOU GUYS. And then Kriv Frostbane was all "oh you looked at the books right we're good to go to test everything out tonight right" and I was all "uh I looked at them ONCE like a MONTH ago I mean I have a notebook of graph paper and a pen but I am pretty honestly NOT PREPARED" BUT as I have never ever EVER been the kind of person to permit that kind of NOT PREPARED-NESS in myself, I told them to give me ten minutes and while they got themselves set up, I read through the first encounter of the campaign as fast as I've ever read anything.

And then--we played it? I mean, it had a few bumps and jostles and there were a few times I completely made crap up and passed it off as law and I really need to look up the rules on combat advantage and flanking, but holy crap, I ran an encounter. AND IT WORKED! I mean, they saved the farmstead and they killed the bandits AND two wolves AND they even tried to give the widow the 20 gold pieces they looted from the bodies which was way more altruistic than I was expecting them to be, and even though we only played for about two hours I consider that a Serious Victory.

Okay so yes, there was the one moment where the book was all "the last bandit who survives tries to flee" but when the bandit tried to flee Kriv managed to Opportunity Attack him to prone status and then subsequently Intimidate him into giving up his secrets, and he was all TELL ME WHO YOU WORK FOR and I was like oh crap who the heck does he work for and then I had to pause the game while I looked up who, in fact, was in charge of these bandits, BUT. A HICCUP IN THE EVENING. Not bad for ten minutes' prep time!

So anyway, we're meeting again tomorrow night for the second part of the session. For anyone familiar with 4e, we're playing fast and loose with the Reavers of Harkenwold campaign. Tonight we just did the first encounter with Ilyana: basically, the party stumbles across bandits torching an innocent farmstead. Intervene? Y/N

(They picked Y.)

And like I said, it did go pretty well aside from the few nicks and notches from my own inexperience, but I managed to get through most of it from my history playing with Jade and in college, and from listening to every single one of the Penny Arcade 4e D&D podcasts (later episodes with Wil Wheaton!). Roll call is as follows:
  • the aforementioned Kriv Frostbane, gigantic Dragonborn who has been summarily banned from ever uttering the words "fus ro dah" on pain of instakill, spiked gauntlets
  • the sneaky and soft-footed Gillian Shadowstrider, rogue extraordinaire with a surprising altruistic streak, daggers and crossbow
  • the flute-wielding Rayne Stormfury, snobbish eladrin sorcerer who has difficulties RPing sincerely and tends to be the only person not playing Lawfulest of Lawful Goods at the table (seriously, he pocketed 8 gold from the leader of the bandits tonight and Gill was all NO WE HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THE WIDOW COME ON before I pointed out that he actually had no knowledge of Rayne picking up anything and therefore could not badger him into charitable donations). Wields, apparently, nothing but natural ones.
  • and Leira Fatebreaker, my sometimes tiefling whose name I actually really love. I don't have a backstory for her yet, but she's an artificer, which according to the WotC website is "a magi-technical engineer", "...new quintessential transmuter, abjurer, or simple buff mage," or in other words, means she's basically the party's healer.


So anyway, that's about where we're at now! If you have any tips for a first time DM, I'd more than welcome them. I felt mostly in control tonight, but it was a short two-hour session with everything spelled out, and starting from scratch will be a bit more complicated. Still, it looks fun, and I'm really excited to get this off the ground!
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) isabela's a real girl)
7th-Jul-2012 09:24 pm - i can't even believe it
Welp.

Jade is married.

More in the next few days possibly as I go through my pictures and videos, but mostly everything went off without a single hitch which was a miracle considering how little time we had to plan this shindig. But the rings are on the fingers and the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. West Point are off to Savannah and then possibly to the beach for their honeymoon, and at last I can sit back and relax and STOP WORRYING.

Done, done, DONE. Thank. GOD.
loquaciousquark: ((korra) korra omgyay)
7th-Jul-2012 09:24 pm - i can't even believe it
Welp.

Jade is married.

More in the next few days possibly as I go through my pictures and videos, but mostly everything went off without a single hitch which was a miracle considering how little time we had to plan this shindig. But the rings are on the fingers and the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. West Point are off to Savannah and then possibly to the beach for their honeymoon, and at last I can sit back and relax and STOP WORRYING.

Done, done, DONE. Thank. GOD.
loquaciousquark: ((korra) korra omgyay)
22nd-May-2012 12:33 pm
Hey! Sorry I haven't been around much lately--or rather, I've been around but I haven't been updating, but things have been so freaking busy here that I haven't had any time to do...well, anything lately. I've been working full-time at this new job (and it's been wonderful and I love it and I have a post half-finished about it) and then these past two weekends I've gone home to Huntsville (and they've been wonderful and I took Jasper last weekend and we went bridesmaid-dress-shopping for Jade and I need to make a post about it).

And then this morning I got in a wreck on the way to work (not so wonderful), so I have to go back to Huntsville for the third time in three weekends to exchange cars so I can get mine fixed. And of course, this is on top of a speeding ticket I got from the trip to Huntsville two weekends ago (infuriating), and I am just really, really, really sick of making that drive and paying for that gas right now.

And I guess to sandwich that suckiness in a bun of awesome, I am really enjoying Korra and I also blew through Mass Effects 1 and 2 from...April 26th - May 10th? And I need to make a post about that too, but in what little time I've had between work and bedtime I've been slowly working my way through the glut of FShep/Garrus on ff.net WHICH BY THE WAY, RECS WELCOME, but between that and the kmeme fill I'm trying to finish and these stupid car things and having to leave every weekend I'm just getting nothing done, and I am really, really looking forward to Memorial Day weekend if for nothing else but the ability it'll give me to close my bedroom door and talk to absolutely nobody for more than fifteen minutes.

Yeah. That'll be good.
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22nd-May-2012 12:33 pm
Hey! Sorry I haven't been around much lately--or rather, I've been around but I haven't been updating, but things have been so freaking busy here that I haven't had any time to do...well, anything lately. I've been working full-time at this new job (and it's been wonderful and I love it and I have a post half-finished about it) and then these past two weekends I've gone home to Huntsville (and they've been wonderful and I took Jasper last weekend and we went bridesmaid-dress-shopping for Jade and I need to make a post about it).

And then this morning I got in a wreck on the way to work (not so wonderful), so I have to go back to Huntsville for the third time in three weekends to exchange cars so I can get mine fixed. And of course, this is on top of a speeding ticket I got from the trip to Huntsville two weekends ago (infuriating), and I am just really, really, really sick of making that drive and paying for that gas right now.

And I guess to sandwich that suckiness in a bun of awesome, I am really enjoying Korra and I also blew through Mass Effects 1 and 2 from...April 26th - May 10th? And I need to make a post about that too, but in what little time I've had between work and bedtime I've been slowly working my way through the glut of FShep/Garrus on ff.net WHICH BY THE WAY, RECS WELCOME, but between that and the kmeme fill I'm trying to finish and these stupid car things and having to leave every weekend I'm just getting nothing done, and I am really, really looking forward to Memorial Day weekend if for nothing else but the ability it'll give me to close my bedroom door and talk to absolutely nobody for more than fifteen minutes.

Yeah. That'll be good.
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25th-Mar-2012 08:57 pm - oh gosh
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, my roommate just googled "romance fan fiction" for the first time after a discussion of the kmeme fill I'm working on. WHAT HAVE I DONE WHAT HAVE I UNLEASHED

(I already asked Hikki this, but I wanted to get y'all's opinions too: what's the etiquette on posting fills concurrently with another A!A? They just posted the first part, and I haven't posted anything yet. Should I ask first, or should I just go ahead and jump in?)

EDIT: "They have a fanfiction site for couples on TV shows! Look at this! Mulder and Scully!" help me i love her what do i do
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) aveline hug it out man)
25th-Mar-2012 08:57 pm - oh gosh
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, my roommate just googled "romance fan fiction" for the first time after a discussion of the kmeme fill I'm working on. WHAT HAVE I DONE WHAT HAVE I UNLEASHED

(I already asked Hikki this, but I wanted to get y'all's opinions too: what's the etiquette on posting fills concurrently with another A!A? They just posted the first part, and I haven't posted anything yet. Should I ask first, or should I just go ahead and jump in?)

EDIT: "They have a fanfiction site for couples on TV shows! Look at this! Mulder and Scully!" help me i love her what do i do
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) aveline hug it out man)
23rd-Mar-2012 02:08 am
Does anybody know if it's canon that the Tranquil see only in black and white? Or is that fanon? The wiki doesn't say, and I can't remember if I saw it in-game or read it in a fanfic.
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) isabela is v. concerned)
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