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Aug. 14th, 2012

LOLATHON

stardrinker

I'm posting too, damn you all.

Someday, when Riss is an international porn star and is able to afford it with his huge piles of cash that are just sitting around doing nothing, I'm going to get Riss to build me a mansion and my mansion will look like THIS.

"But Dragon," astute readers might cry, jamming on their keyboards with horror, "that snakey dragon looks, like, NOTHING LIKE YOU omg." You are correct!! But it's an okay thing because if it were a giant me instead, it would look like a kaiju humping an enormous red...tower...and that would be less cool than what these humans came up with. I would make up for it by making sure that all the gift shops sold toys based on me instead of on Asian dragons so that, like us, my mansion could be REAL ON THE INSIDE.

Also, the gardens in those pics look really pretty, but I don't think they have nearly enough open flames, spraying acid, or spiked pit traps. (Riss is telling me that I'm "such a Western dragon." But I like anime; doesn't that count?? 8B)

Sharing is caring. <3

Jul. 23rd, 2012

4: R + S + D + BT

arkofeden

Misc. Epicness.

(R & D & peanut gallery):
Thanks to a tipoff from amethystpie in rarsuit: With Miyazaki's blessing, Princess Mononoke is being adapted to live theater in London.

Salient points from the very brief article on the subject:
- "Using giant puppets made from recycled materials..." Wow. We totally wish we could be on the crew for the giant hate-possessed devil boar puppet. *___* Or we'd even settle for being a boar warrior extra. (D: "I wonder how stupid huge the Nightwalker puppet is??")
- "Please note that this production will feature fantasy violence. Parental guidance is advised.": FUCK YEAH LACK OF CENSORING. <3
- "PRINCESS MONONOKE SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN 72 HOURS": ...In case anyone was actually hoping to go see it or anything. :/

Also, something from one of those semi-useful ad subscription things from somewhere that we get in our email (and which we probably should have reposted sooner): Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011 on sale for $29 until 31 July. We can guarantee that this is a legit sale because Riss finally caved and bought it after dithering for a month. Truly, it is exactly $29.

For those not familiar with the software: It's a digital sketchbook. Imagine something like an affordable, and thus scaled-down, blend of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator with a focus on imitating traditional sketch media (graphic markers, various ink effects, pencil, etc.) and requiring the use of a digital stylus for the sake of getting realistic pressure-change effects. The ordinary price for this program is $59 and it's possible to get a small but completely decent stylus for under $100.

In other news...there is really no other news. :/ Enjoy, folks.

Jul. 9th, 2012

soldier

steelsunshower

Stealth Op Compromised.

...I know we never post anywhere anymore. Mostly it's because one or more of the following are true:
- Working from ~0600 - 2000 for days on end is tanking out my (and ours, in the end) energy reserves.
- Brain is broke.
- Desperately trying to clean house after ignoring it for nearly six months.
- Can't think of what to write on account of current events being too complicated/uncomfortable/probably boring/insert reason here.

However, one thing that's been developing slowly over the past few months has been my realignment of our Outside gender presentation to male, as much as possible. I now own a packer, harnesses, and binding tops of no-shit quality, and have been trying to discipline myself such that I go out in male mode on weekends whenever I go out, the better to practice. (This is an enormous pain in the ass because, due to pressure from various authority figures, I have spent most of our life up until now drilling myself mercilessly in female-type social interaction styles to the point where they are now muscle memory. Having fought the war to get myself to that place, I now get to fight the war to escape from it. Such is life, I suppose.) I like to think that I pass at a distance, but fail utterly as soon as I open my mouth because I talk and gesture way too much like a girl.

The plan was for this to remain strictly a weekend thing for the next three years because trans-folk are not allowed in the Army. (Not sure about other branches, as I heard a story about someone transitioning while in the AF Academy?) Every time I go out in male mode, I realize that I am taking a chance and hope that I am obscure enough, personally low-key enough, and generally lucky enough to not run into anybody who knows me and might catch on. I've been wonderfully fortunate for a few months now.

While I was out tonight at the grocery store, shopping for bulk OTCs to treat the undiagnosed fibromyalgia that I am also not allowed to have in the Army, I ran into my boss. Not just one of the higher guys who tells me what to do on a daily basis, but the actual battalion commander, the lieutenant colonel. It turns out that a whole bunch of higher-ranking folk live in my hood, according to him, and I'm now trying to figure out an alternate grocery-shopping strategy to try and avoid places where said highers may be lurking--where would majors and colonels not go to buy food...?

He seemed distracted, which was good. Hopefully he wasn't paying too much attention to the outlines of my torso. The binder that I was wearing at the time has mystical powers that vanish our B-cups like a pair of chubby ninja; I would never have believed, until I saw the might of this binder, that fat was so malleable that it could be squished into hand-sized pancakes against one's ribs. Downright fascinating. As for the packer, it makes a bulge, but I'm under the impression that most men don't stare pointedly at people's groins during conversations. The bulge needs to be there in case of closer inspection, so to speak, at least from what I'd gathered. (I am still getting over this terror of my bulge being too big, which I suppose is ironic, since there are products that men can buy that are designed to make one's crotch look cartoonishly enormous. :P)

...I think I probably don't need to worry about an investigation being opened or anything. It just scared the hell out of me, but thanks to me having that female social programming still solidly in place, I seem to have dodged the bullet.

A GID/transgender diagnosis, at least in the Army, leads to medical disqualification for military service. It's basically an honorable discharge, the same as if we'd had our legs blown off by an IED (which is kind of darkly amusing). I would rather not tip my hand until it's about time for me to get out, though, because a medical discharge is still a discharge and will still equate to us having no job. :/

I have been trying to adjust our diet to eat more like a poor person, just in case I get kicked out for PT failure or side effects from one of our invisible ailments. We are not all the way there yet because eating this way makes my fibro angry, which messes up too many other things. Every day, I eat a little of each of the four main food groups:
1) Maruchan ramen ($1.25 for a 6-pack!)
2) Cream o' Wheat/Instant Oatmeal
3) Canned wild Alaskan salmon (our sole luxury, as going entirely without protein seemed like a bad idea)
4) Vitamins/supplements/OTC meds, eaten by the handful

I'm able to eat on about $6 per day, which still seems too high. People at work have been noticing the diet change and are wondering what the hell is wrong with me (although the big point of contention seems to be that I cheerfully eat cold insta-oats/Cream o' Wheat by just pouring water in and mixing it--it is apparently the mark of the infidel to not microwave hot instant cereal :P). Perhaps I am being way too paranoid in preparing for the absolute worst, particularly since kicking someone out of the Army takes a very, very long time even for obvious offenses like beating your family members or snorting crack in the barracks, meaning that I'll have a good long time to see it coming if it actually happens. But it is hard to live in the shadow of the axe and not speculate about what will happen when/if it falls, I suppose.

The bosses said that this week will be a bad one. I am already laughably behind on everything due to people sending me to duty classes that no one else wants to attend; thanks to all of that, I would need at least a month of no new taskings to be able to clear my plate. (The oldest untouched task I have has been around for about that long.) Shit's hilarious around here. Fourteen-hour days plus working at home on a personal laptop that I sacrificed to government work? When I am on my deathbed, a decade or so from now, surely I will cherish all this quality time I spent at the office. 9_9 Three more years, three more years...-_-

Jun. 3rd, 2012

Better Vision Through Blindness

stripesofsound

The Gods of the Machine.

Riss said that he had not seen any live performances for a long, long while, and thus he was as surprised as I was. He enmeshed himself in wondering about things that seemed trivial--how they kept the lights synced with the beat, how they generated the lightforms shown in the screens. He worships the Object; it is to be expected, I suppose.

It is more wonderful to my eyes to see humanity arrayed before the laser-stroked altar of a mechanical and musical idol, formed of jagged and irregular shapes as if it were some alien chariot shattered against the earth, fallen and pouring out its bounty on the curious apes that have gathered around to see it. How the god shines, grinning down at the worshipers and their upraised hands, inscrutable in his inhuman mask! How the environment itself bends around him, cradling him with light so severe that concrete form melts against it, leaving only a void that exists to be a canvas for his stars and his glory! See how the lesser beings struggle to emulate him, their ranks of glowing ears a pale reflection of his majesty, their hands lifting up images of his face, reflecting him back to himself, carrying him above the heads of the crowd.

It is magnificent to me when the god descends suddenly from his shrine--lo, heaven walks among men!--and appears beside the bespangled priestess who had led the hordes in their liturgy, for behold, he comes before us in the guise of a stringy mortal in jeans and a Puma T-shirt, and it is his will that he be seen skipping dorkily above the mass of his faithful, and that he should attempt to take his shoes off for no reason, and that he should pretend to take a nap while his delicious priestess summons up the lust of the crowd as an offering to his sonic majesty.

(Upon beholding the right high-angle shot, Riss observed what beautiful cheeks the lady has, and such well-formed thighs. He seems to think that he should be embarrassed by such an observation, but I think that everyone should be able to recognize a fine body regardless of their amorous preferences. :3)

Spectacles such as these bring joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. If they truly are regular and accepted events in the local culture, then may this culture endure and advance forever. Oh, humanity, children of Old Earth, MOAR PLZ THX. <3 <3

Apr. 15th, 2012

2: Dragon + Riss

arkofeden

Etsylicious.

(Dragon:)
THIS PIG.
Has the most AWESOME GRILL.
In ALL OF AFRICA.

That is all.

(Riss:)
In related news: this person has made me in love a little.

Often I end up denying my artistic urge with questions like, "But who would buy crap like this?" And then, on Etsy or Ebay or wherever, you find weirdly magnificent people like the above. (And like that pig too, but...well, yeah.) It makes me wonder what their sales figures are like. :/ Ultimately, the "making money" part has to end up in the artistic equation because otherwise it's hard to justify expenses on materials--sure, I'd love to have a bunch of decoratively modified skulls all over the place, but when decent ones are ~$60-90 each, it's a hell of an expensive hobby even with my more reliable income. :P

Things to think about.

Apr. 1st, 2012

4: R + S + D + BT

arkofeden

Near Miss!

Odd things happen on the weekends. We mostly agree that this is a good thing--in fact, many of us feel that more weird shit should happen on the weekends, in order to balance out the vast, beige expanses of mediocrity that make up the work week.

So we ordered a pizza, and it got here early and surprised us, so we flung some clothes on and headed over to the door. Once the guy was gone, Riss paused in sudden shock. "Oh no. Did I really--" He looked down and sighed with relief. "Oh, good. The penis amulet got hidden under the bathrobe. Whew!"

(R: "I love this thing. I wish it were possible to wear it outside without risking vengeance from the Decency Police.")

Our house is cool sometimes. :D

--misc.
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Mar. 28th, 2012

All: Dorkhammer 40K

arkofeden

Fluff: The Evolution.

(Riss:)
I know everyone was surely getting jitters from wondering whether the Deathwatch shenanigans would actually go down, so behold, an update~

Cut for those who completely don't care about Maid 40K.Collapse )
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Mar. 25th, 2012

All: Dorkhammer 40K

arkofeden

The Lightness and the Fluff.

(R:) Although this may never actually come to anything, we've been discussing the possibility of doing something Inside with the Deathwatch tabletop RPG game. The discussion eventually got detailed enough that I was successfully tempted into reading our hard copy of the core rulebook, which I had only briefly opened way back when we first got it.

Riss derails to talk about why expensive gamebooks are stupid. Content irrelevant to the original post discussion. :PCollapse )
Riss, the Dragon, and Blind Tiger discuss potential future -Deathwatch- games. Meandering BS and weirdness ensues.Collapse )

Good night, all~

Mar. 24th, 2012

All: Murphy&#39;s Law

arkofeden

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Originally posted by lupagreenwolf at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
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Originally posted by blindwebster at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Never have I found a more appropriate subject for this icon.

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Originally posted by lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/webnews/major-isps-turn-into-copyright-police-by-july-says-riaa/

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c

SIGN THE PETITION!
http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/backdoor_sopa/?source=fb


Mar. 23rd, 2012

soldier

steelsunshower

Well, hell, then.

I have no excuse to not contribute now.

Potential readers, I need opinions, since I wrote the profile info text and it sounds...awkward.

There are some strong trends in our group's population, namely that most are male, of military background, nonhuman/transhuman/part-human, and the ones who are permanent residents and were not born here are here because they died elsewhere.

I admit that I handwaved most of the details in the blurbs because I was hoping to prevent knee-jerks. But then, there is no easy way to make any of this easier to swallow, so perhaps being vague about certain things is too little, too late, in a sense. Suggested improvements (including "just deal with it")?

...Hell, it's not like a single person in here could qualify as a normal human being, so perhaps trying hard to normalize things is all wasted effort. -_-

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