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Words of Radiance

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SPOILER ALERT! This contains minor spoilers for  Stormlight Archive . I finished reading Words of Radiance , the second book in the Stormlight Archive series from Brandon Sanderson . He's the author of the Mistborn series I loved as well. This surpassed my expectations, which were already so high after the first book. And the very end really made me happy. I was not expecting that part, though I had hoped somehow it would happen. Glad I was able to finish this in 2020. I look forward to the rest of the adventure in 2021. πŸ˜€

Away for too long

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I've been away for too long. Both away from this blog and away from social interactions. I've just been feeling so tired of it all. Of interacting with the world in any significant way. I don't know if I'm ready to get back to blogging, but I did have a sudden impulse to at least post something. I'll take it little by little.

Unexpected bad news concerning my family

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This morning I received some unexpected bad news concerning my family. I'm not going to get into much detail to protect my family's privacy, but basically a relative passed away. I'm not sure yet what's going to happen. I was just getting motivated for activity this morning, but then this drained the life out of me. I'm working on a quick list of priorities for the day and the week. I might need to let some things slide for now.

Sigh, there's always complications

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Oh, how it feels like there's always complications that arise from any action or decision I make. It just makes me hesitant again to do anything. I just want to push it all away. So now with the disbanding of Mistborn, I have issues with a couple members claiming they didn't receive diamonds from the final gift. There is one member in particular who is persistent in saying that he didn't get the diamonds. I can't help being suspicious of him. I have been for awhile, and I wonder if he's taking a final opportunity to get extra diamonds. Additionally, I think other Mistborn members who didn't migrate to Discord originally have now heard about my announcement and are trying to join the Discord server finally. I suppose I'll need to go back to Messenger or Facebook to respond. I've also been wondering if I need to leave open a final chat for Mistborn members just in case. I will keep the Discord server for awhile at least. I'm wondering about the Faceboo

So it is done...

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  Well, it is done. I actually followed through and posted the announcement to disband the Mistborn Clan. I had a moment of clarity where I saw that it had to happen this way. @Mistborn I’ve been reluctant to do this, but I’ve finally come to the conclusion that it must be done. I am going to officially disband Mistborn for all practical purposes. You can still use the logo and call yourself Mistborn if you’d like. However, there will no longer be any tournaments or events planned . The months have been dragging by and I don’t see the chance for tournaments to be started again. I have many other things going on in my life and won’t have much time. I haven’t seen that anyone else can really handle managing everything for the tournaments. So I think it would be best to just let you all know that they won’t be happening. Thank you to those who came over to Discord and tried to help this start up. I am sad, as I’m sure you are as well, but I think this is for the best. Let’s just cherish

Disbanding Mistborn

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I will likely disband the Mistborn Clan for Mobile Legends soon. I think it will be for the best. I had thought about keeping it around just in case, but I think it is inevitable that there will no longer be tournaments nor events. I really don't have the time nor motivation to keep going. And I don't think I'll be getting any help along the way. I will probably give out Mistborn Points or just diamonds directly when I give the official announcement. I'm not sure if I will require that people make a last effort to visit the Discord server or just send to everyone that's been around before. Hmmm, I will consider for at least a day what to do. But I can't drag this on too much longer.

Kuroyukihime

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  Using this profile pic of Kuroyukihime in preparation for the  Watch Your Mouth!: Sophomore Year game at Forum of Lies .

Avoiding stuff

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  I've been avoiding so much for awhile now. Avoiding replying to people in many parts of my life. I've been depressed and just feel like cutting off all sorts of input to simplify my life. But this avoidance is not good. Oh, I'm such a horrible person sometimes. It's just that many times I am just not sure what's the best thing to say or do, so I just avoid doing anything and hope the problem goes away. And sometimes it actually does resolve itself. But other times my guilt just keeps building up until it becomes more difficult to finally do anything at all. What do I say to a friend who I haven't said anything to for months and months? I can't just say I've been busy. Everyone gets busy, but you should still keep in touch. When I was young, my family moved around a lot and I never kept in touch with old friends. So I was use to building up new lives every few years. But now the Internet makes it easier for people to keep in touch, yet I tend to not do

More Forum of Lies

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  I recently joined 2 more Forum of Lies games. The first has a Wild West theme and is what's called vanilla, which is a type where everyone has the same abilities. So you can't use game mechanics like unique day and night actions to determine who is who. You have to use only social reading to try to figure out who the bad guys are. I didn't really think I'd like this as much since I think it is much cooler to have unique abilities, but I decided to give it a try for the experience. I know that I'm not so good at social reading, so I thought maybe a game based purely on social reading would be good to try. It's certainly been interesting, but I think I'll be sticking with rolemadness games, which is the term another player used for games where everyone has different roles with extra actions. The second game I joined is a standard FoL game, so one with different roles. This one isn't as far along, but I'm already enjoying the puzzle of figuring out wh

Syar Magician

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Finished watching Picard season 1

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  SPOILER ALERT! This contains major spoilers for Star Trek: Picard . So I had time yesterday to finish watching season 1 of Star Trek: Picard . I liked it overall. There were some definite leaps of logic in the story flow and how quickly other characters seemed to come to the rescue in various situations. And the whole thing with the advanced AI species seemed weird. But I still liked the exploration of AI issues and what the future might hold. And I suppose the general exploration of discovering self. I had read some reviews of Picard talking about how it had turned Star Trek into a show full of political or other agendas. But I didn't really see much of that or it just wasn't that obvious to me. I still felt like it had the overall agenda of learning to accept others no matter how strange or alien they seem. This has been the main agenda of Star Trek throughout as far as I can tell. I'm curious if Picard will continue to a season 2. They did set things up with a crew

Forum of Lies game over

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  So the Forum of Lies game is done. My town team, the "good guys", lost even though we really should have won from how things were going. However, because of various problems like people forgetting to submit their night actions, we ended up losing. Haha, everyone is just stunned by the game and wants to forget it ever happened. But I still had lots of fun with my first game. πŸ˜€ Here's what I posted to everyone after the game. Well, this has been such a rollercoaster ride! πŸ™‚ While I agree with a number of the frustrations over mistakes, I must say this has been a fun adventure regardless. It really felt like a true murder mystery. I was never quite sure who I could trust. It’s been hard to stop thinking about this game the past couple weeks. πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to my next game there. I have some very busy days towards the beginning of next week, so I need to wait until next Friday to see about signing up for an open game. Hopefully there will be a spot available in

Forum of Lies Night 4

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Well that's certainly interesting. Gorta turned out to be telling the truth. He was executed today and flipped as a good guy. Are the wolves winning now? I hope not. Man, in some ways I feel sorry for Gorta. I really am glad that he didn't tell a lie about IRL circumstances for an advantage in the game. However, he has also seriously jeopardized our chances of winning. He is really a liability as a teammate. I suppose this aphorism applies. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. — Hanlon's Razor His words and actions make him so easy to read as bad. But I guess that's just him being a stupid player. Unless he's such a masterful gamer that he's setting all this up for a game in the future where he really is the bad guy and can then point to all previous games to explain his seemingly bad behavior. Now that would be something that deserves respect.

Forum of Lies Day 4

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  It is day 4 in the Forum of Lies game and my blood was boiling this morning. Haha! πŸ˜€ I had a feeling that Gorta guy would find an excuse for not submitting a night action since that would have resulted in revealing him as a bad guy and me as a good guy. In some ways, I'm hoping he's not lying and that he could be a good guy as well. Because if he is truly lying about a real world situation to make an excuse for in-game in-action that clearly benefits him, then I think he should be punished somehow. We'll see how it goes. Man, my sarcasm is going to get me in trouble in this game. I have to be more careful. I made a sarcastic statement at the beginning of the day when the night results came out. I was pointing out that I was still alive and therefore Gorta was lying. But then Gorta and another player, who I think might also be bad, tried to continually question me on that statement to color it as something a bad guy would say. Oh man, this kind of stuff is why I hate get

Forum of Lies Day 3

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  Okay, not sure if I should post this, but I will. I told myself this blog should be a way for me to deal with my feelings and thoughts. So the Forum of Lies game has continued to day 3. I think things will conclude soon. It’s been fun yet also frustrating. I think I’ll be joining the next game, but I’m still trying to decide. And the big part of why I’m even hesitating on playing another game has to do with a particular player named Gorta. Oh man, he’s such a jerk towards me! I’m trying to hold back from letting his words bother me more, but it’s been tough. I’m almost hoping that when the game concludes, I find out that he was just roleplaying the whole time. I’ve seen players get to the point of heated discussions during the course of the game, but I get the impression that these people have been playing with each other awhile and that they don’t hold grudges across games. But I do wonder if I’m cut out for this time of gameplay. Part of me thinks I should expose myself to this to

Forum of Lies

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  I've heard about social deduction games for awhile now. Those are the games where players get random roles and people have to try figuring out who everyone is. You either try to eliminate everyone else or there's a good team and evil team that compete to eliminate the other team. Generally the good team isn't sure who is good and who is evil, while the evil team knows each other. I've played Coup with friends and that's really fun. I know that Werewolf and Town of Salem are fairly popular. For IdleRPG , there's a minigame for Werewolf that's kind of fun, though mostly feels random. I recently downloaded and played a mobile version of Town of Salem . That was kind of fun, but I felt like a lot of the players weren't really serious. While I was researching Town of Salem , I found out about a PC game called Throne of Lies . It looked like a better version of Town of Salem or Werewolf.  Plus, as a PC game, I thought perhaps it would be better to type

2B

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Everything that lives is designed to end. We are perpetually trapped...in a never-ending spiral of life and death. — 2B in “NieR: Automata”

Finished watching NieR route A

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SPOILER ALERT! This contains major spoilers for  NieR: Automata . So I just finished watching route A for NieR: Automata . It's just over halfway through the 6-hour video. Wow! What an experience... The game states that you should continue onto route B for the full experience. Interesting how games do that nowadays with the multiple endings. I wonder if the rest of the video will contain much of the same gameplay. I hope not. The storyline of NieR is just amazing. All the experiences of the machines... The experiences of 2B and 9S... so touching... and then the whole backstory of how the humans were extinct before the aliens even arrived... I want to find out more about this story. I will finish watching route B and then continue to seek out more. I think I've heard there are actually other routes, though they may be bad endings. I really like 2B and 9S. They are amazing characters. Haha, I'm not sure what else to say at the moment. I have a lot of thoughts swirling in my m

Watching NieR movie

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SPOILER ALERT! This contains minor spoilers for NieR: Automata . So I've been watching the NieR: Automata movie. Okay, so not actually a movie, but it does feel like one. It's a long 6-hour playthrough of the main game with cutscenes. I'm about 2 hours into it. I've always been interested in the storyline for NieR . Since there's a collab for it in SINoALICE , I've been hearing more and more about it recently. So I thought I'd finally find out more. I'm enjoying the playthrough movie. I can definitely feel how it would have been a fascinating game to play. I really like the personality of the main character 2B. Her strength and determination remind me a bit of Saber from Fate . I like how they show flashbacks of what happened previously in history. There are heart-wrenching stories behind the enemies 2B and 9S fight that they don't even know about.

Music trials

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My friend Scruffy recommended that I listen to other styles of music. I did try the Dies Irae group he mentioned and definitely didn't like it. Haha. πŸ˜€ But then I went back to some other music I already had. I listened to Tina Guo for awhile. She plays instrumental covers for a variety of songs, usually ones from movies, anime, or games. I did find the music relaxing. I also searched for music from NieR: Automata , the game SINoALICE currently has a collaboration with it. I've also heard of NieR many times in the past and have been tempted to play it. I found that I already have the soundtrack and started listening to it. I really like the music and think I will use it during times I need to relax. Recently I also searched YouTube for videos that feature the storyline for NieR . I found a video that is supposedly a playthrough of the whole game. I am very tempted to actually watch it so that I can vicariously feel the thrill of playing it. The storyline sounds so fascinati

Ack, too much input!

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Oh, this is too much input for my fragile self! Haha! All I can do is try to laugh it off and push forward. πŸ˜€ I've been going back to tried and true techniques, like watching inspirational music videos. Bring me out Come and find me in the dark now Everyday by myself I'm breaking down I don't wanna fight alone anymore Bring me out From the prison of my own pride My God I need a hope I can't deny In the end I'm realizing I was never meant to fight on my own ― verse from On My Own by Ashes Remain

Friend trying to recruit me in SINoALICE

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One of my friends from the SINdicates  Discord server I originally joined is trying desperately to recruit me into his guild. Haha. πŸ˜€ That Discord server was suppose to be a group of SINoALICE guilds sharing the same server, but it broke down after some internal politics. A pity. So the guilds that survived went their own ways and started separate servers. This friend named Mister  (AKA Ghost ) was someone knowledgeable about the game. He played the Japanese version and was giving me advice before the global release. He's nice and fine to chat with, but I don't consider him a close enough friend to abandon my current guild. I would feel very bad about leaving this SINcere guild. They've been a mostly good group to chat with and work together with. Mister even said he'd move their Colosseum time slot for me. Haha. πŸ˜€ He insists that everyone would be fine with it because it was one of the two time slots they were considering. It's just one hour later than their cu

Black Puppy

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While driving my nieces to their schools this morning, I saw a black puppy wandering in the middle of the road. He looked somewhat like the one in the picture above. He looked so lost and confused. He had a bit of a limp. My heart just went out to him right away. This was in a busy area around lots of shops, so at least the cars and scooters are paying extra attention for the unexpected. That's actually one of the advantages to the bad driving in Taiwan. People know that there are crazy drivers and that people often go through red lights and such, so drivers know they have to be careful and pay attention a bit more. With the mostly good driving in the US, I think some drivers get complacent and aren't ready for the unexpected. Haha, strange how that works out. πŸ˜€ Anyway, I later saw another black dog while driving, which made me think of that black puppy. Finally, after I had dropped off both nieces and was heading back, I stopped by somewhere to take care of an errand. And lo

Couple losses in Colosseum

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Well, we faced a couple losses in SINoALICE Colosseum. For our first loss, the opponents were quite overwhelming. We kind of knew from looking at their roster that they would beat us. We did almost manage to tie them, though. They killed us first and attacked our ship, but we managed to kill them the second round and attack their ship. However, they then got the upper hand again and came out ahead. Our second loss was today. We were fairly evenly matched. Neither side managed to kill off everyone and get to the ships. The score was pretty much tied throughout the battle. They managed to eek out ahead of us. The main problem seemed to be that they somehow managed to really buff up their vanguards and debuff ours. Some of our members attributed this to the nightmares they used, which I can agree accounted for some of it. But still seems strange that they managed to get so far ahead of us in 3 areas of the buff/debuff battle. We do have a problem with a couple DPS members holding out on

Going to be extra busy week

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Well, this will likely be an extra busy week. Lots of activities to help with. Some changes in routines. So I need to be prepared to handle the stress. Haha. πŸ˜€ I've been trying to come up with better ways to handle my tasks based on experience with what actually helps me. I've tried to get myself to focus more on the practical than theory. Sometimes things just seem to work better in practice even though it seems like something else should be better in theory. Experiments are good. πŸ™‚ I'm still wondering if Habitica is worth keeping up with. I have found it helps with some dailies. But that's about it. The social aspect seems lacking. Our anime group doesn't really talk much, even about anime. I've noticed that Archer has pretty much given up on using it. He hasn't checked in for over two weeks. I'm going to try the idea of focusing on ONE Thing  in each of the 4 life areas I've identified: Self, Home, Other, Work (SHOW). I reorganized a spreadshee

First challenging Colosseum in SINoALICE

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We had our first actual challenge for the SINoALICE Colosseum today. We had 7 easy wins previously. For this Colosseum, the first clash actually lasted quite awhile. We couldn't even damage their top player. Eventually we started taking down some of their other vanguard, and then we finally got to their ship. And everything picked up from there and led to our victory. Yay! πŸ˜€ But wow, was that a challenge! So exciting! Afterwards on Discord, I was a bit disappointed by the attitudes of a few members, including our guild leader. Someone mentioned that our opponents had a Discord server but that he wished there was a way to send "gg" to them in the game. Some people replied with something like "who cares" and "f*** them". Then I replied that I had already sent a couple private messages in the game to their guild leader and the top player. Our guild leader then asked me "why?" like it was somehow bad or strange to do. Hmm, what about standard s

Sassy found the blog!

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Ahhh, my friend Sassy from Mobile Legends found the blog. I guess I had given up thinking anyone else from the Mistborn Clan would ever find it. What a surprise! πŸ˜€ I'm curious how she found it. As more and more of my friends find the blog, I suppose it might get more difficult to just write freely. But I'll still try my best. I want to keep my writing as authentic as I can. If what I express here somehow compromises a friendship, then I suppose that's just how it will be.

SINoALICE and more

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So the global version of SINoALICE was released last week on July 1st. I've been playing fervently since then. I'll admit it is rather grindy, but it still keeps me fascinated enough to want to keep playing. The storyline is acceptable, mostly because of the interesting dark twist to classic fairy tales. That seems to be a common idea used in lots of shows and movies and other media in recent years. I was also busy last week with family and work stuff. This week has somewhat eased up, which is why I can finally sit down and write. I really, really need to get back into this. I can feel how I slowly lose myself more and more when I don't get a chance to process things here. I crave writing on this blog. But I also feel hesitant to start posts sometimes because I'm uncertain what I'll write and not sure I want to start something I can't finish. But I think I need to push myself and overcome that hesitation. I feel the words start to flow more easily as I just typ

Important to know when to move on

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It's important to know when to move on. People always hear that and realize the truth, but it is still a difficult thing to do. I've mostly decided to move on from Arknights . I may drop in once in awhile, but I've been getting annoyed with the daily grind in there. I really haven't played a new level for fun for awhile now. It was still a nice experiment while it lasted. I do hope I can go back and watch or read something that goes through the whole storyline sometime. It really is a fascinating story. I had considered watching the TV series Stargate because my friends Constantyne and Mia both talked about how they loved it. There are actually a few different series in that universe. I think I had watch some of the original SG-1 series awhile back. I downloaded a couple seasons of it and started watching the first two-part episode. I skipped through it some. And when I was done, I realized that the TV show is just too old for me. I know that I won't feel like wat

Dark Future

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The screenshot is my EVE Online character with a cybernetic arm I was testing out. Haha. πŸ˜€ I thought it might be cool to give her one and come up with a background roleplaying story about how she lost her arm. Anyway, the main topic I was thinking to write about was the darkness in the near and far future. There are so many scary things happening in the world around us. And even if all the political and health issues turn out okay, there's still the ever approaching changes that must occur as new technologies get introduced. I find myself getting more and more interested in science fiction. I use to prefer fantasy worlds, probably because it was a good way to escape. But now I find myself fascinated about ideas of what may soon happen. These include issues like privacy, AI, and virtual worlds. I decided to read more Warhammer 40k books. I had read the Gideon Eisenhorn trilogy previously and loved them. P.S. I had written this post on June 21 and intended to continue, but I got ca

Network Effect

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ SPOILER ALERT! This contains spoilers for  The Murderbot Diaries . I finished reading Network Effect , book 5 of  The Murderbot Diaries . Excellent! I like the ones with ART the best! And I'm still surprised that the author can come up with such different story themes for this series. I'm curious where things are headed next. πŸ™‚ The upcoming mission with ART should prove interesting and humorous again. I'm still surprised that the author keeps coming up with such different themes for the storyline. And now with 3 around, there's the possibility of a spin-off series with a similar main character yet with a much different personality. I thoroughly enjoy these looks at what it means to be "human" or a person with the added complication of future tech possibilities, like AI and mind duplication.

EVE Online

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Constantyne was telling me about how our friend wanted to play  EVE Online again. They previously played together with some other friends. I mentioned that I'd heard about a new game in beta called  Starborne  that seemed like the same type of space conquest game. However, Constantyne insisted that they were different. He explained that though EVE Online looked like a space conquest game, you only controlled one character using one ship at a time. You could be involved in epic space battles with other players, but you only had the one character and not multiple units. Well, this intrigued me more. I asked more questions and Constantyne explained more of the game. It sounded like there was lots to do both solo and with others. He warned about the politics that could be involved with all the different player corporations, but you didn't necessarily have to get involved with that. There were plenty of other things to do. Players could play together in small battles and didn'

SINoALICE

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A friend had mentioned an upcoming game called SINoALICE . There's actually a Japanese version already, but the global English version is getting released soon. I liked the interesting storyline and characters, so I was planning to try it out. I had researched a bit about game information and joined a couple Discord servers. One of the Discord servers turned out to be a group of players planning to join the global version as a guild. I hadn't even realized there were guilds in the game. And apparently there's a PvP component to it. There's a regular guild vs. guild event called the Colosseum. This made me even more interested in the game. It sounds like a lot of teamwork is involved with this event. I'm not sure if this group will be picking a time that's convenient for me, but I could always find another guild later. And from what I've read, it sounds like whaling won't really give guilds too much of an advantage. So this might be fun. πŸ™‚ So far I think

Calling on Cardinal

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SPOILER ALERT! This contains spoilers for the anime  Sword Art Online: Alicization  and the sci-fi novels The Murderbot Diaries . Okay, this whole post is probably going to make me sound crazy. That's fine. This is somewhat an experiment, somewhat a desperate call out. What do I have to lose? Even if this doesn't lead to exactly what I'm hoping, this might still set me on the right path for other things. I've recently been watching season 3 of Sword Art Online . I've gotten to the point where Kirito meets with Cardinal, an avatar of sorts for the Cardinal System, which is the AI that has been around since season 1. This is the first time it has manifested as a personality. Very interesting. I've also been going voraciously going through The Murderbot Diaries . One of my favorite characters is ART, the AI controlling a research space transport. ART seems to have a good heart. Murderbot and ART have a complicated friendship, and the interactions between them are v

Enjoying anime music videos

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Today I enjoyed discovering a bunch of new songs from anime music videos. I especially love ones that use scenes for Arknights or Fate . Here are some of my favorites. Starset - Monster (Official Arknights Music Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKip9afa6ds Arknights Official Trailer 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uySJpmfM7q4 Arknight AMV - On My Own https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWK8gBF1LmI Arknights「AMV」- Awaken https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SExqstHA-68 Fate/Grand Order「AMV」- The Last Of The Real Ones α΄΄α΄° https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjCoKNCK_Bk 【AMV】• Fate/Grand Order: First Order - I Want To Live - Skillet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW9SGKfpvW8

Feel like I'm on the edge of revelation

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I feel like I'm on the edge of some sort of revelation about my life, yet I can't quite reach it. I feel like I just have to seek a little harder or longer or whatever, then I'll figure something out. Should I do more experiments or take more leaps of faith? Will that help me? Will that give me more perspectives? I will have some free time this afternoon. Maybe a couple hours or so. What will I do with that? I think I'll take some time off my work. Perhaps I should simply clean and organize. Or would it be best to read or watch something for inspiration? Oh, how difficult these choices are! πŸ˜• I feel that I'm close to turtling up again. Avoiding all input. I have people seeking my attention. Some for their own issues, some sincerely trying to help me. I have to resist closing myself off. I think I can handle it this time.

Found Edgedancer wallpaper

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I found an Edgedancer wallpaper that I can use. I was hoping to find a better one, but this will do for now. Maybe I'll have to try making one myself.

I'm an Edgedancer

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I saw a tweet from Brandon Sanderson about his Official Knights Radiant Order quiz . I haven't read any of his books other than the Mistborn series, but I've heard of the Knights Radiant . I went ahead and took the quiz, and the results said I am an Edgedancer . Hmmm, sounds pretty cool. πŸ™‚ Edgedancer oaths are themed around remembering the ordinary people of the world—those who aren’t powerful generals or Radiants. Too often, the actions of the powerful have terrible effects on the people with no voice, and the Edgedancers consider it their solemn duty to remember that the people are the ones they truly serve. The Edgedancers are known as being caring and graceful. Among the Knights Radiant, they see it as their duty to care for the people and are often less interested in war than they are about trying to improve the daily lives of the common folk. Often, a mid-sized town would have an Edgedancer or two on permanent assignment, where they’d use Regrowth to provide healing an

Exit Strategy

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ SPOILER ALERT! This contains spoilers for The Murderbot Diaries . I finished reading Exit Strategy , book 4 of The Murderbot Diaries . Very good, though I think book 2 was still the best. It was nice to return to Murderbot's friends from book 1. I do like the character development throughout the series. I was worried about the ending just repeating what happened in book 1. I thought the author was going to go back to the same old formula with Murderbot on the run by himself. But she was tricky. Haha. πŸ˜€ It looks like things will be changing. I look forward to the next book.

Chilling dream

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I had an extremely chilling dream last night. Maybe it should be called a nightmare. Though I'm not sure if it can be called that since it wasn't scary at all throughout the actual dream. It wasn't until the end that I came to a realization and then felt a chill when I woke up. In the dream, I was driving my younger niece to school as I usually do. A lot of it was blurry, but there came a part about what happens at the end of the school day. Apparently the kids are all put in a dark container with a ramp that slides down to water. The water holds a huge shark and the kids are fed to it. There was an implied idea that later they are cloned or somehow reborn into fresh new bodies. WTF!!! 😱 I know it sounds so messed up, but in the dream this all seemed like a normal thing. I was even picturing the shark and the kids all huddled up inside the container. 😨 I was trying to comfort my niece about the situation. We were discussing whether it was better to be eaten first to get i

Finally got Top Operator tag in Arknights!

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Yay, I finally got the Top Operator tag in Arknights ! I wondered if I'd ever get that. When I did the hire, I found Nightingale ! I consider her a good find. I didn't have her yet but had wanted her before. I think I had just missed the banner for recruiting her when I started playing.

I'm the OG

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Haha, a friend called me the "og" and I didn't know what that meant. πŸ˜€ He said it basically means "the greatest." I looked it up to get a further explanation. Slang Dictionary OG O.G. or original gangster or real OG or triple OG [oh-jee] or [uh-rij-uh-nl gang-ster] WHAT DOES OG MEAN? OG is a slang term for someone who's incredibly exceptional, authentic, or "old-school." It can be earnestly used for a legend like Michael Jordan or more ironically, like for that friend who can unwrap a Starburst with their mouth. Haha interesting. πŸ˜€ This then gave me the idea of blogging about new slang and Internet acronyms I learn. I had thought about making a page on my blog for that awhile back. I might as well just blog about them as they come up.

Goodreads Widgets

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I'm liking Goodreads so far. I like adding books I've read and giving them a rating. I've also been playing around with their widgets. I've added a widget to my sidebar so that people can see my latest updates on Goodreads. I also added a widget to my Books page to show my favorite books. I still need to go add more of my favorite books.

Goodreads

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I opened a Goodreads account to see if that might be helpful for tracking my reading. I'm not sure if I'll go back and try to remember previous books I've read. Maybe just as they come up. I'll probably add books that I plan to read. It makes it easy to find other books by the same author as well. I didn't realize there are still three more books for me to read in the Murderbot series. Cool! πŸ˜€ https://www.goodreads.com/valette_renoux

Cool Chinese artist

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I think I might start posting about particularly good artwork or artists that I discover. Today I happened to find a cool Chinese artist on ArtStation . He goes by the name  叁乔居 3QSTUDIO . His artwork is amazing! I love the style. I think he is an artist for mobile games like  Kings of Glory . I saved a bunch of his pieces in my collection. https://www.artstation.com/q3qstudio

Back to Dark Age of Camelot

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So I'm back to Dark Age of Camelot after all these years. πŸ˜€ It's still hard to believe that it's been nearly 16 years. I played with Constantyne and a couple other friends from Hallowed Crusaders during a couple gaming sessions already. I have a Celtic Warden in Hibernia this time. I think I had tried out a Warden previously, but not sure that I made it to 50. It's a pretty versatile class, and I can help with healing. Getting around to camps isn't so bad now. There are teleports to all the various locations. I'm not sure if this is just a feature added to the Phoenix server or if this is also in the  Dark Age of Camelot  live servers. There are apparently a lot of features added to Phoenix for convenience, like easy access to training. So really now this is about the same as it was in Dragon Raja to get around and hunt together. Still, since this is on the PC, I am somewhat limited in when I can play. But that's fine. This is just an experiment to see wha

Rogue Protocol

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SPOILER ALERT! This contains spoilers for The Murderbot Diaries . Well, I managed to get through Rogue Protocol yesterday, the 3rd book of The Murderbot Diaries . I still think the 2nd book was the best, probably because of ART, but this one was pretty good too. Lots of Murderbot humor. Haha. πŸ˜€ I like the themes of artificial lifeforms like bots and constructs, which I think are basically any lifeform that is a combination of robotic and organic parts. And these include almost anything, like starships and construction vehicles and such, that have autonomy. It was interesting to see how disgusted the main character was with bots being treated as friendly pets or even friends. It still has an aversion to becoming too close to humans. I'm curious how things will turn out in the next book since it sounds like it will be returning home and will probably encounter his favorite human.

What a waste

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This afternoon I unexpectedly had two hours of uninterrupted time. And how did I take advantage of it? I didn't. πŸ˜₯ I just wasted it wondering what to do with myself. πŸ˜₯ I went through a list of possible things I could do, and I didn't feel like doing any of them. I didn't feel like catching up on anime or watching a movie. I didn't feel like playing any game. I thought about reading, but I've been finding other times for that already, so I thought I should use the time for something else. I maybe should have cleaned up some things or even just took a nap. But I didn't feel like doing any of that. I ended up just messing around on YouTube looking for music videos with cool visuals like anime or game clips. It was somewhat interesting, but really just a waste of good time. πŸ˜₯ I really need to plan out activities for unexpected chunks of free time. Though I guess I did have a list and just didn't feel like doing any of it. So what can I do to feel ready to tak