cloud_riven: Close-up of an open-mouthed piglet! Is it recoiling? Or side-eyeing? Maybe saying, "HEY YOU TWO SHOULD KISS"? Mystery! (pig pig PIG)
HAS ANYONE REPLAYED IT? PORTAL. THE PC VERSION.



OH GOD THE ENDING WTF IS THAT DOG? I HOPE IT'S DOG.

AHAD;SFIUOGH
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (:|)
Just got back from work, and holy crap the midnight train can be creepy or amusing as hell. Leaning more towards the happy side today.

As there's not all that much traffic, the LRT only uses two or less cars at this hour. Just one tonight, so it was pretty crowded what with the stops in between South and North. A large woman, chugging an unhidden bottle of vodka, all but collapses next to me in my seat. She was rather heavy, and, seemingly gaining momentum from sitting down, she leaned on my shoulder for the entirety of my ride (till the end of the line) and took a nap as far as I know.

I like to think that my sturdy body kept her from falling off the seat, as well kept me from being squished between her and the window. A happy drunk is less likely to start a fight, right?

I hate these midnight shifts.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (Default)
There were some bananas I was saving to make a banana cake. At least a week for them to look dark enough, but it was definitely worth it. I just had a slice with some ice cream on it. I'm going to be a whale if I keep eating stuff like that before bed. But I want to make it again, so maybe I should buy some more bananas. Ah, but my sister likes bananas too much, and I probably won't any have left to use ; A;

On another note, I saw Shutter Island with a friend yesterday. I liked it. Just a bit hard to buy the premise, especially towards the end. Kind of reminds me of a mash up of Sixth Sense and that movie with Jim Carrey grasping at straws to make a couple numbers add up everywhere he looked. I'm definitely going to get the DVD though, especially since there's a bit too many moments where a rewind or pause would be appreciated.

Hm. My account is expiring. I wonder if I should go another round with it, but I haven't been on lj as much since the beginning of January. I'll have to see which icons I like best. I kind of miss the anon meme, F!S, tmi_chix, the videogame communities, and other fun things... But I've been killed with too many hours at the call centre, TinierMe is being addictive, and I'm too busy playing Pokemon Platinum to get ready for the Gold/Silver remakes. Eventually I'll fall back here anyways. I always do, even if it's just to lurk. Ah well.

Guh, Olympics. Almost slipped my mind. Just wanted to mention an obligatory WOO CANADA WOO before my citizenship is pulled for not doing so.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (nosebleed)
For $750, it's decent. Though I do wish I'd known about this computer when it on was sale for fifty bucks less last week.

Specs... )

It's going to take a while to get used to the Windows 7 interface, as will adapting to a multilingual keyboard. The latter is mildly annoying—I keep smashing a "/" when I'm reaching for the left-shift key. Who knows, maybe I'll wake up with the urge to type in French accents or something.

Currently I'm just putting a bunch of art folders, work/school folders, and installers from this computer onto an external hard drive to transfer to the new computer. Are there any "must-haves," software-wise, that I should grab/download? Like, a good registry cleanup tool, webcam tool, or some such? Anything, really.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (-3-)
My little sister came back from Long Beach today. She was barely gone for four days, and I really didn't notice her absence to be honest, but I'm glad she's here to kick me into gear every now and then. I tend to fall into pits of despair, self pity, and irresponsibility quite easily without a dork like her to keep me in check.

And she bought me some sweater and jacket combos, most likely from Target. Actually, I don't know where she bought them. She was smart enough to remove the tags. I want to believe they're from Target so I don't have to think she spent too much on me... They're too nice. I should thank her properly for them rather than being a dick and telling her she doesn't seem Canadian too me anymore).

Also, LOST, holy crap. I didn't think I'd be so worked up about the smoke monster that I actually hate it right now. Guess Locke was actually one of my favourite characters on the show. The first four seasons are on sale everywhere, so I'll have to pick them up this week and attempt a marathon of it with the family soon. I could certainly do with less of Dad's, "I don't understand this, explain it to me right now during this dialogue scene I'm missing and will be asking about later during another dialogue scene." Plus, he likes marathoning TV shows apparently. We did that for the first season of Heroes, and I think it's the only reason he got into that show as well. I love our TV time together.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (Agatha)
Me: Is that all for today?

Caller 1 (Calgary): You betcha.

Caller 2 (Edmonton): You betcha!

Caller 10 (Grand Prairie): You betcha!

Caller 25 (Airdrie): Youuuuuuu betttttttchaaaaa!

Caller 53 (Prince George [lol wut]): YA BETCHA :D

I swear, I never thought Albertans could be so annoying by uttering that single phrase. At least they don't say "y'all" very often. It wouldn't be so grating if I didn't have it fed directly to my ear via a headset. If I come across this face-to-face, I will mangle a hamburger to represent my valid irritation.

I finally finished reading Hitching Rides with Buddha after delaying regular reading sessions for months. I wasn't expecting the ending at all, and even though I know that the author is successful and very well off today, I still wanted to crawl into a corner and cry. No, it wasn't a depressing ending, just a melancholic one that almost makes me want to rethink any urge I have to travel on my own. Maybe I'll just make sure that I know as much of the native language of wherever I end up in before I migrate around the world. That seemed to be one of the things I noticed seemed to cause a bit of hiccups in the book: a language barrier.

By the way, what the hell am I doing on TinierMe? There is nothing to do but fish, but I keep coming back for that stupid coin bonus. And the pretty avatar items. Which, by the way, I heard are older and less detailed than the Japanese version... It's not even a good Gaia clone, but why do I keep coming back? D:
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (gotcha!)
The Olympic torch passed through Edmonton today. I was lucky to get a window seat at work to see the runner holding it. It was from too many floors up to make it worthwhile, but it was cute to watch for the few minutes it took for them to exit my view.

I've been feeling kind of drained for a while now. Not too sure why I am, but I keep sleeping past noon and eating a single bowl of oatmeal as my source of food for the day. Well, the poor diet is an obvious clue. But I barely feel like doing anything energetic—a shame since the weather reminds me of spring lately—or productive. I'm a bit behind in fandom too as I haven't caught up on things like Mentalist, Umineko, or even dtoid. My sketchbook hasn't even been touched since Christmas, so I better get in the routine of drawing on a daily basis to at least improve this year, but I'm just too tired (for no reason) to do so. All I do is sleep, eat one meal, go to work, then go to sleep. I think this is really just the result of not having a school routine to accompany that.

To do for tomorrow: Set alarm and run/jog by the high level bridge. Energy get?
cloud_riven: Frustrated ginger-haired man. Falling snow animated in the foreground. (Etrian Odssey Healer Guy is not happy)
  1. The laptop monitor flopped 30 degrees backwards.
  2. The lock that used to keep the battery in place has gone missing.
  3. It melted two rubber stoppers off the cooling stand.


oirghaefhjkhdfg;akh it's going to explode or something isn't it \D:/
Where are you, Second Job? I need you to replace this thing before it goes after the children!

Meanwhile, extreme backup of everything to the external hard drive is GO!
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (:))
Merry Christmas ♥
I don't celebrate the holiday myself, but it's very easy and enjoyable to get caught up in the festivities and generally temporary happy mood everyone is in. Even my recent dreams are akin to the Christmas specials on TV, but I'm not entirely sure how I should feel about this. Especially when pulsing vaginas and motorcycles are somehow involved.

Anywho, hope everyone is enjoying themselves!

On another note, I've decided against going to school next semester. I might take a course in the Spring, likely Drawing II seeing how I enjoyed Drawing I in the fall, but money's a bit too limited right now to consider the Winter term. I'm currently working in a call center during the evenings, so I'll probably look for a second job during the day for extra income. I doubt the boss I had during the summer will take me back though. It would be nice, as nice as menial reception work can be in the first place, but she wasn't very happy when I quit once the Fall term started. Maybe I'll risk a job in retail and finally learn how to be a salesperson? The skill of selling things to people who don't need them isn't necessarily bad, just intimidating.

Also, the battery power for my laptop only lasts 15 minutes maximum. It's basically a desktop considering how long it's always plugged in these days. The battery I keep on the bookshelf. It's like a paper weight. A cold, drained, heavy, potentially explosive paper weight. The computer is almost four-years old, and it's age is definitely showing. I guess it's time to start looking for a new one, and I'm hoping something affordable and worth the investment shows up on Boxing Day or the next couple weeks. It'll probably be a plus if I can play either Left 4 Dead and its sequel on it, but so long as I can run TF2 and my drawing software, all is good.


edit: oiewhgbvkausdh GDI I am going to maim the jerk who wished for a whiter Christmas. That was a rude move on their part. It's not my distant neighbour's fault for being unable to clean their sidewalk, it's that guy's. CHRISTMAS IS RUINED FOREVER.
cloud_riven: Frustrated ginger-haired man. Falling snow animated in the foreground. (Etrian Odssey Healer Guy is not happy)
Oh, right. Hello new friends from the friending meme.

It's been a while since I've updated. I think I'm going to eventually work on some type of post/intro that summarizes some of the events of the past few months as it seems like good form to do so. Etiquette, goodwill, and all of that.

Or maybe not. I'm having an awful time at the moment trying to restring my guitar. I can barely play the thing anyways, but it's getting so hard to tune. You can actually tell the difference between my normally odd playing and this new "HA HA OH WOW stop doing that now" playing.

But this is the first time I've tried changing them. I have no idea what I'm doing, and these new strings look nothing like my old strings. I'm so confused, but I know I bought the right pack. Why did I think it was a great idea to do it myself? I should have just checked to see if the guy at the store would've done it for me if I paid him.

WHY WON'T THE BRIDGE PIN STAY IN PLACE?
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (:|)
The ending to Harper's Island left me with the feeling of being short-changed at a convenience store. There were still unanswered questions and, more so, I had to raise a few more. Such as:
  • When did murderous intent become a hereditary trait?
  • WAT
  • WAT
  • Island-wide genocide is a flawless plan, and the answer to a happy life with the obsession of your choice how exactly?
  • How do you fake the death of three people in less than four hours, with a few blood stains thrown around here and there, and in a burning church?

  • I should have kept low expectations for a show with low ratings, but I have to admit I'm probably just easily entertained.

    Earlier today I got my letter for part-time studies at the university. At first I thought I was being rejected as the envelope looked flimsy and thin, but it really was just a confirmation. I guess they're saving paper this year? Or maybe they just realized there was no need to add unnecessary papers for those who are just continuing their degree? Oh well. The point is I have something decent to look forward to in the fall.

    Also, my older sister just discovered lolcats and image macros. She enjoys sending me many via a one-per-email format.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (Squidbilly Axis)
What have I learned this week? How not to answer the question, "what motivates you?", with "stability" in an interview. Because if you want stability you probably lack stability. Which, in turn, means you're unstable. And nobody likes to deal with unstable people. Except when I say "stability," I really mean financial stability. Which also probably wouldn't earn me any points in the personality department.
Why did he assume mental stability? ಠ_ಠ

Oh well. Time to keep hunting ♥

I was planning to post the whole finished version of this in the anonmeme, but at the rate it's moving I may as well wait until part 6 opens up.

Dear Mom,

Apr. 8th, 2009 01:25 pm
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (shy derpity derp)
You just reported to me your intentions to kill the neighbour's dog. Actually, I'm not even sure if it's their dog, or even a dog that you are set out to kill. Whatever it is, I understand your frustration with the creature's constant habit of defecating in our front garden.

But, mom, you can't put rat poison in that garden. You just can't. In fact, two reasons not to do so:

1) If you do kill the animal that is likely a dog owned by some jerk in the neighbourhood, you're going to get sued and charged for animal cruelty and the like. Don't break up the family. Please.

2) Your gladiolas want to live. The dahlias too! Are you just going to let them die over some sick vendetta!? You once shared a dream with me of being able to become a grand master of soil and vegetation. Once you raise your hand against nature and allow your precious garden babies to become collateral damage, you will lose track of your path.

Just. Just don't kill the dog/cat/thing. Please. No one would ever suspect you due to your sweet and maternal appearance. But the last thing I want to see is the kid next door on the news telling a reporter that he never would have thought you to be the grudge-holding type. You're the only one of us, asides from my little sister, that has the benefit of not coming across as a scary or angry being upon a first meeting. Don't abuse your gift :'(

Love/Kisses/Hugs/Affections
Your kid,


Claudia
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (All smiles here)
I just spent a fun week making a hermit of myself both online and offline. For the former, I simply chose to not log in to anything anywhere, post as an anonymous when possible, and ignore my RSS feeds; refreshing, but nervewracking as some of these things were overwhelming to catch up on. Maybe more on this later.

The latter? Blankets, food, a book, and two boxes of tissues. My sudden lack of academic responsibilities is both a catharsis and a collapse. Also maybe more on this later. Good thing my conscience finally kicked in and kicked me out of the house. These past couple days are just fabulous ♥ I can walk outside, stand by my lethal snow mound of a backyard and sit on it. It's at the stage where it's no longer soft, but hard and icy. It tries to melt, but fails spectacularly thanks to the -8(ish)C temperatures. As soon as a bit manages to melt, it freezes to ice! Hooray for inadvertent ice thrones!

Another item I've been avoiding in that general area of "outside" is the school building. Specifically my locker. I figure I should at least take out the textbooks, but I'm a little wary of running into a classmate and having to explain my absence. It wouldn't be too hard, but I'm a little tired of having to pretend to be a verbose and calm person. Plus, without the recent contact with the world (always a bad idea to put off dealing with it) I might slip up and give off the impression I'm a slurring idiot. Curses. I will get those books out by Thursday and, following my counsellor's advice, attempt to "accidentally" run into my peers and justify myself with a little harmless small talk.

The only negative to wandering about aimlessly in this city is that I've broken down and bought a pack of cigarettes.

"Ah, but they're the good kind," I sighed. "You can't get these at the random convenience stores, and the pharmacies don't sell any tobacco items anymore, much less my favourite brand!

"I might not be able to buy them later," I reasoned to no one in the area, addiction winning out in the end.

But, the cravings for death sticks give me a reason to get out; I won't smoke them in the house. It's a terrible excuse, but it's one I need for now.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (Is that so?)
1) Michiko to Hatchin is hilarious, eh? Also hilarious? The names.
Satoshi Batista. Satoshi Batista. Satoshi.
Hiroshi Morenos. Hiroshi.
Shinsuke Rodriguez. LOL WUT?
Atsuko? Michiko?

Yes, yes, of course it takes place in a South American country that will never exist. But did the writers even try to come up with believable first names? Also, there's a samurai. WHAT? The little pride I have for my heritage is trying to rage over this, but I'm too busy laughing to be insulted.


2) How do you lose a pair of red pajama pants? They're red. Kicked off in the middle of the night, yes, but they're red. If they aspired to become sentient and ninjas, they should be failing hard at the latter?


3) I keep dreaming that I'm having intense arguments on the internet. Late night procrastination does that to a person I guess. But I'm actually checking to see what the rebuttals were; I'm shocked and disappointed to find out these debates never happened.


4) I barely dabble in or consider RPS, but I think I'm shipping Satoru Iwata(Nintendo President) and Masahiro Sakurai(former Nintendo employee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl designer). Reading those Iwata Asks interviews a second time, I have sufficient reason to believe they had hatesex.
Iwata tries too hard to win Sakurai's affections, despite pissing him off with the leash that is known as Super Smash Bros. Sakurai only worked on the project due to nostalgia and feeling he still owed Iwata something. Iwata is after his ass. He keeps coming on to Sakurai.
Sakurai reluctantly bottoms. The indignity (even if deep down he really enjoys it) is what causes him to leave several passive aggressive comments throughout the dojo. Iwata doesn't care since he just thinks it makes Sakurai cuter. Then he wants more ass.
This is definitely a seme/uke and tsundere relationship.

OH, WHY DO I ACTUALLY WANT FIC OF THIS?
THE INTERNET HAS RUINED ME.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (All smiles here)
On another note, sensing my dismay over trivial and manageable things, a close friend of mine, my wallet, and the postal system decided to deliver a couple things I've been expecting for quite some time. First splurge of the school year too.

Entertainment Haul
  • A set of tarot cards with artwork based on Neil Gaiman's work. Technically a Christian, and divination-type materials are to be out of the question. But I'm also a fail!Christian most of the time...

  • "The Walking Dead" graphic novels #1-5. This actually made my day, considering the single issues I own are all over the place in awkward order. Continuity GET!

  • A copy of Interstella 5555. I've been meaning to own this ever since I first watched it on Youtube. Something about the retro character designs, "Han Solo," and Daft Punk makes this one of my favourite movies. May watch it over the weekend.

  • Tales of Eternia(UK) for the PSP. I think I'll always hold the thought that Namco has some unknown grudge against North America. Seemed like a title one shouldn't have to import.


That aside, I only wish I actually had the free time to read/watch/play these items. Silly Priorities, why do you need to exist :(
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (... ... ... Eh?)
I hate Edmonton. Not all the time. Sometimes I remember my obligatory need to fawn over the city I grew up in. Then I also remember the several reasons why I'd love to just ditch Edmonton, and even move to the enemy known as Calgary. Forget the homely nature of this city, the multiple festivals (I wonder if there are any running right now), and even our apparent scenery; I want the convenience of living closer to the border.

Today's special overused reason to leave: The WEATHER.

By March, one could expect the snow to become a wet mash of bugs, dirt, and ice. Not here. I just took the shovel out awhile ago to re-shovel the snow that some awful draft of wind decided to fling back on the sidewalks and driveway. If I stick the shovel into the piles left on the sides, the barely five inches of a four foot shovel are left visible. I could probably kill myself if I fell in my own backyard. Within two days there'll probably be another random snowfall, and I'll have to clean it up. Within an hour the wind will pick up and hurl everything back. And then I'll cry.

If I lived in B.C. I wouldn't have this problem. Sources tell me that the land of Asians, nude beaches, backyard grizzlies, and humidity doesn't even get snow. What they get is one day of slightly-colder rain passed off as Winter.
Actually, if I lived in Calgary, I wouldn't have this problem either.
What I would get is a mountain view, reminding me that beneath the chill and beyond the uncouth, there is a reason to make the effort worth staying.

Also chinook winds. The founders of Edmonton missed the memo on this, and built the city just far enough we get no mountains on the skyline.

Anywho, I have some vegetable seeds I just bought. I wanted to try my hand at crafting life from the ground. One of the packages indicate that I need to germinate it six weeks prior to spring. Isn't that in a couple of weeks, spring? Riiiiight.
cloud_riven: Animated Dr. Steel waving a finger back and forth! (Utopian Playland)
And by villain, I mean Barack Obama. And by doing it wrong, I mean saying all the right things to Peter Mansbridge in such a way that I can't help but not be pissed at him. Hell, even the official visit made it impossible for me to try and hate the guy.

AND I WAS TRYING.

American politics is not my forte though, so I can't say I have a very valid opinion on the going ons there. However, I'm quite happy that he at least left a good impression (and disappointingly didn't ping on my wank radar). I only wish more Canadians could be more enthusiastic about the actual happenings in our own government first. Where's our celebrity prime minister?

Oh well~

Anywho, tiny sketch dump here since I haven't made one in a while. Didn't scan anything as I want to have sufficient pencil sketches before I do so.


one OC and the equivalent of a complaint )
cloud_riven: Red dot on a white background! An arrow pointing away towards text, "YOU"! Patronising! (You missed the point)
My body is still running on poorly-cooked salmon from two nights ago. I'll try to remind myself to bring a bottle of antacid or what-have-you-cure-alls the next time my sister invites us over for dinner. It was one of those sweet gestures for the family to get to know the guy she is living with a bit better. While it's fine to mend family ties, I would like to wake up the next morning without feeling ill. Granted, I'm not that sick. The indigestion passed away Sunday night. Just felt gross in the morning, really.

So, I call in sick for Monday's classes and took advantage of the spare time to play around in photoshop and check up on my communities. It's nearly 3 AM now; still messing around with photoshop and lj.

So, I check my college email to see if I've missed anything important. Nope.
So, I check my blackboard email. Grad photos and mandatory midterm review tomorrow. Aw crap.
It takes an hour to fall asleep. I need to wake up at 5 AM. One hour of sleep. *FAIL*

I was actually meaning to sleep in or skip the entire day too. After all, I managed to show up for less than a week of January's classes and still understand what the hell was going on. Last term's theme was "Common Sense." This one's is "Tact." One of my assignments dealt with taking a personality test. Many personality tests, actually, but there's no actual skill needed to take them. And I can aim for a 'D' in all my classes, and still graduate. Why bother studying since I hate the course material so much? Because I look bad if I don't even try.

The absences weren't actually due to apathy, rather it was due to a sort of depression coming from that line of thought. One part of me just wants to get this over with; another part wants to stop wasting time with it; another part feels degraded to be taking this in the first place; another part wants a good reputation; and then another part just wants to sleep in till 1 PM everyday. If I were to pull another "disappearing act," I don't believe my instructors would tolerate it this time. But hey, it was one of them that gave me the idea of aiming for a minimum of a 'D' in the case of somehow being unable to comprehend anything. I'd have to work hard to to fail. It's like trying to get fired from Wal-mart/Superstore/any-union-based-employment; impossible.

Somehow, after consulting with a couple advisers and said instructors, I resolved to show my face there most of the time. The point is that I have grad photos tomorrow.

...? Fuck it. I lost and missed my own point. It's too late to be wangsting at this hour.

Bits here and there cross posted to necessary places and irl!journal. Lol, organization, lol.
cloud_riven: Stick-man styled Apollo Justice wearing a Santa hat, and also holding a giant candy cane staff. (So beautiful...)
Supposed to be doing... Web pages for my (petty) Web Design class. Also, to be looking up how to use accounting software for the classes I've missed this week.

But I'm really... Having a wonderful nostalgia rush playing Super Mario World. Damn it, Dad. Why'd you have to go and hook up the SNES when I need to catch up on my homework? Please don't put the 'Link to the Past' or 'Secret of Mana' cartridges in either; I don't want an incentive to drop out and play our video game library from beginning to end.



I'm not sure whether to be proud of myself in remembering exactly how to get all the entrances to the Star World, or to be sad and disappointed that I remember this over the name of my best friend in kindergarten. Maybe if she had come with a catchy theme song or memorable character design I would have remembered it.

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