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Thursday, July 30th, 2009
4:11 pm
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
8:57 pm
8:01 pm
The christmas before last, I gave a christmas present - the first 'official' gift I'd given her. Included in it was a little aluminium LED keychain torch, whose biggest feature was that it was click-on/click-off instead of the 'push down and hold' buttons of most keychain lights - much easier for the lass to use with her hands as they are.

Today, in a minor accident, she dropped it, and it smashed onto the concrete and disintegrated - the internals flew out and were lost. Given the sentimental attachment, and that it was bloody handy, she was rather distraught at all this - she used the thing almost daily, such torches are not very common, and it'd been a present to boot.

I, meanwhile, was merely glad *she* was alright (the torch be damned!), and said we'd replace it. However, we'd bought it from FirstIn, a web company that specialises in 'one day only' specials emailed to you each morning, and this one had been from two years ago to boot. Given the only information I had to go on was 'Mini Powerlight' from the email description, we were kinda stuck. So I emailed FirstIn, and in asking if they were able to give me more details so that I could dig it up, gave the details of the days events - given their usual response is "we do one-day-only deals, kind of the point, kindly go away" to queries about old offers, I figured it wouldn't hurt to explain the extenuating circumstances behind the request.

I got an email an hour later:

"Hi, [Reiver]

Thanks for the note, and sorry to hear about your partner's misfortune. I have looked into this and managed to track down some available stock for you.

I have spoken to the supplier, and they are sending a new unit to you tonight on NZ Couriers. After hearing your story, there's no way we could charge you for this, so it's on us!

Adam Brown"

... I would have been thankful if they gave me the suppliers contact details, or somethin'.

Yeah, I think I'll be buying from them again.

Current Mood: touched
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
11:52 pm
Dragon Ball Z movie...
So. It is in my not-so-humble opinion that Dragonball Z, um, sucks. You know, really sucks.
A movie based off it could surely be distilled suck, as the average live action adaptation of an animated series must, by default, be.

Yet something in it calls to me anyway?
I do not know. Maybe it's because it's got the guy from Bulletproof Monk, and I loved that movie for its quotent of pure silleh?
Or maybe because you can just tell that it's going to be pure unadultered cheese from start to finish?

Though you know, maybe those two are the same reason.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
2:58 pm
[Meme] New Years Resolutions
In 2008, reaverta resolves to...
Buy new game mechanics.
Find a new irc.
Start a nightstar fund.
Learn to play the invisiblemoose.
Lose ten computers by March.
Admit my true feelings to jordanis.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Weeell... I have been meaning to pick up a copy of Mutants & Masterminds at some point, but setting up a fundraising venture for Nightstar simultaneously with leaving it sounds a bit odd. I could also, um, ditch one computer? That's 10 without a zero, right? And everyone knows that zeros are nothing, so it works... I think...

As for Jordanis, though... I'm sorry man, it's all true! I've been holding in these feelings for a long time now, but I loooooooooove yooooooooouuuuuuu! ... Wait. Wasn't meant to say that till new years. Damn!
Saturday, November 8th, 2008
1:29 am
Reiver Headshavey 2008
Hokay, so, I've spoken of this before, but I may as well confirm matters to be set in stone:

I am shaving my head (Yes, including beard) for the charity called CanTeen.
What is CanTeen?Collapse )

For those of you not able to make it due to, say, that pesky puddle of water that would get in the way, but keen to donate out all he same: I've set up a PayPal link. I've not done this before, so if there's any problems let me know...

Don't worry, there shall be pictures! :)
Sunday, October 12th, 2008
9:38 pm
Your Mother Wouldn't Approve... but mine did
Attended a most exciting and enjoyable party yesterday, full of strange food and stranger costumes. Alas, my own attempt burned - however, it seems that was for the best, because I tried to make the Tomato Coconut Soup again tonight and I was frankly dissapointed - the dried cocunut stayed really gritty, and not at all nice as a texture in the soup. Ah well, they can't all be successes, I suppose? Something like that.

It was good to dress up - my own costume was a set of ragged, tattered old overalls my mother handed to me en route to auckland - my mother doesn't care what I wear, but we were a dairy farm... "NO OVERALLS IN THE HOUSE!" was thus heard an amusing number of times, so I went with it. She pointed out while handing them to me that actually, she didn't mind clean overalls in the house so long as they weren't dirty or too ragged... so promptly handed me a tattered set. Telling your mother the party theme can work out, apparently!

Even better though, was the chance to relax and hang out with my friends again - it's especially nice that spinneretta and NightRain have met the locals, because being able to catch up with them in the same evening as the local group was double bonus.

...Especially because yesterday was my one day off to have time out in the end-of-semester crunch. *dives back into it*

Cheers, folks. Happy birthday, te_hazazel. See you all in a week or two...

Current Mood: rushed
Thursday, September 25th, 2008
12:25 am
No-one would happen to have a spare game controller on hand, perchance?
I've recently become curious about playing various games that would be vastly more usable with a game controller than without. Thus, I am curious as to whether anyone around here has something like a PSX game controller designed for the PC, and if they'd be willing to lend it? You know, something like:

(Though it need not be so fancy, of course.)

This is a temporary request, of course - if I like it enough I'll buy one myself, but I'd rather not spend money without knowing I'm going to be interested in the thing for more than five minutes.

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
12:09 am
+1 Science... if 200 years late.
Charles Darwin recieves apology from the Church of England: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/2910447/Charles-Darwin-to-receive-apology-from-the-Church-of-England-for-rejecting-evolution.html

Cheers, ol' chap. Not only did you revolutionise biology, but you've finally gotten an apology for ... well, some of the mistreatments.

Current Mood: pleased
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
3:38 am
Nightstar Public Service Announcement: Brought to you by Hurricane Ike
The Nightstar IRC server Troika, along with the Nightstar website, forum, and nightstar.net domain all route to a server in Houston, Texas. We lost contact with them a couple hours ago... which is incidentally about the point that Hurricane Ike had been passing overhead.

The guy in charge of them has been notified, and has responded that yes, he's quite aware of it - he's also living in Houston, Texas, which has a hurricane overhead, so is understandibly somewhat limited in his abilities to repair things at the immediate moment.

Deepthought and Blargh are still alive, but without the hostname resolving, if you lose the connection you've bad odds of reconnecting for the next couple hours due to the entire *.nightstar.net domain being down.

Instead, try these IP addresses:
Blargh: (You may need to connect on a non-6667 port, like 6668)

Thank you for your patience, and we apologise for any inconvinience.

Current Mood: tired, but at least dry
Friday, September 12th, 2008
8:35 pm
Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Edition
Anyone local have a hardcopy book they wouldn't mind lending for a bit? The young lass is curious about the system, but works better with hardcopy than PDFs... and none of the stores have a copy, which has been thwarting my attempts to buy for Far, Far Too Long.
Sunday, September 7th, 2008
5:52 pm
Brings a tear to my eye, it does...
Yesterday, orthianz and I visited Mk1 while we were in town.
While there, and without my prompting, she purchased her first dice and comic book.

Congratulations, my dear. You're now officially a geek! ^_^

Current Mood: teasing
Sunday, July 27th, 2008
9:18 pm
I'd like to give a shoutout to invisiblemoose and lyz_nz for throwing the most enjoyable costume party I've ever been to. Everyone made an actual effort, and it was just downright fun.

I hope I get to keep in touch with a bunch more people as a result, too, as there were many People Of AwesomeTM that I met there again, and don't want to have slip away yet again. ;)

So... while there may well have been congratualtory prizes handed out, I think the real winners were everyone.


Also, am totally using the SCIENCE! icon for a while. I mean... it's practically required. :P

Current Mood: chipper
Friday, July 11th, 2008
9:48 pm
Happy birthday, Orthia!
Our dear orthianz is now 20. Congrats, m'dear. :D

(Remember folks, party tomorrow. Be there, or be a rectangular object!)

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
5:07 pm
... Not a single reply?
Looks like I'm spamming the lot of you then...

Current Mood: inconvinienced
Saturday, May 31st, 2008
4:25 pm
Westyx is my bestest friend
Clearly, something has gone terribly wrong in this world...

Who comments the most on this journal?Collapse )

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
9:43 pm
[meme] This is way too much fun.
Comment in this post and I will:
a) Tell you why I friended you.
b) Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc
c) Tell you something I like about you.
d) Tell you a memory I have of you.
e) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
f) Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
g) In return, you must post this in your LJ. Do whatever the hell you like.

Current Mood: Coughy
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
9:14 pm
Went to a party last night, and it was one of the most awesome things I'd attended in a very long time. I really, really, really like to be able to just talk to people.

Accordingly, there've been a few new Interesting people added to my LJ.

Now, I am a bit of an odd person at times, especially What Is With All The Questions, so I figured I should repost the Best Explanation I've Ever Seen, as so elequently written by xkcd:

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is SCIENCE! in action.

One afternoon I can be doing impromptu research on the possible mechanisms for faster than light space travel, that evening I can be investigating the colony structures of the giant red ant of south america. Only to spend the day after that conducting research (yes, really, don't laugh) into [CLASSIFIED] or [CENSORED] or [REDACTED] because I was damn well curious. Quite bluntly, I have an intellectual curiosity about damn well anything, even personal bias and interests aside. And I'm not afraid to go asking to learn about it. *shrug*

I trust that the general idea explains my general worldview sufficiently. So, uh, if I start asking questions beyond a level people are comfortable with, please feel free to look at me funny and tell me to back off! I take absolutely no offense, and tend to prefer to ask stupid questions and be told to bugger off than not ask it at all. Afterall, I might have gotten an answer...

And really, what's a little pain when you could gain an understanding of a magic lightning machine?

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, May 10th, 2008
3:35 am
[DnD] The Paladin Upgrade

And this week we have another perennial favourite of the melee classes tweaked to enhance high-level play - perhaps a slightly surprising one, as the class chosen was Paladins... but rather than sheer firepower, what they've gained is instead ... more flexibility. You might be noticing a pattern, here. ;)

(If you're wondering why I'm doing this, see the Fighter Upgrade post where I explained just why upgrades were needed. Of course, if you haven't seen it, it's worth checking out too.)

If you know what Paladins in general do already, have a glance at the table then skip down to the Quick Changes at the bottom where I list the quick & dirty rule changes for those with limited patience.

The Paladin Upgrade, v1.0.Collapse )
Friday, May 2nd, 2008
4:00 am
[DnD] I think I just fixed Fighters.

Hm. It sure has been a long time since I posted anything at all about D&D on here, isn't it? Well, I figure I may as well change, at least when discussing experimental concepts. Where better to start than Fighters?

It's long been held by many, many experienced groups that as the levels climb, Fighters tend to fall behind. (Well, okay melee classes in general start to fall behind the insanity of full-power spellcasters, but that's another matter for another day.) Indeed, this is partly the very basis behind attempts like the Pathfinder game system to attempt to rebalance the classes. I admire their intentions and attempts, but have always found such attempts to fix fighters (my own included) to be a bit ... lacking.
Not necessarily in power, but either in the bonuses either being so downright boring as to be 'meh' (Not least because handing out a couple extra points of Generic Attack or Defense Bonus doesn't solve the fundamental problem), or attempting to pin Fighters down into specific archetypes (Which kinda defeats the whole point of the fighter class - that is, its wonderful, glorious versatility). Neither approach is very nice, especially given that one of the glorious beauties of Fighters is that they are just so damn versatile in what they can become.

This time, I think I've done it... I've taken that quintessential versatility of Fighter archetypes and run with it, and to date those that have seen it are very pleased with the results.

The Fighter Upgrade, v1.0Collapse ) Quick Summary of rules for those that know D&D well enough alreadyCollapse )

Thoughts? Comments? Rules concerns, spelling mistakes?

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