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Things I Learned by Watching Casshern, The Robot Hunter:

1) Science requires pistons, zeppelins, and large clockwork wheels. Especially biochemistry.
2) Never pick up a baby on a battlefield. Especially if it's ticking.
3) Always cover your vats of regenerative material with lightning-bolt-proof lids.
3a) Be certain to plan for those tricky lightning bolts made of solid metal.
4) Offspring killed in war can be easily respawned with said vats.
5) Nuclear explosions are triggered by clockfaces of Big Ben proportions, and holding the minute hand in place can keep the explosion from happening.
6) During wartime, fortified castles with extensive robot armies are often left uninhabited.
7) When kidnapping scientists, be certain to stab them first.
8) Pollution looks like Lothlorien.
9) You can summon the sun (and a fortified castle with extensive robot armies) by screaming a lot.
10) Some diseases have only two symptoms: blindness and increasing winsomeness.
11) Never scream in rage when you've just managed to hide from a giant robot army.
12) The only way to find true peace and fulfillment is to explode. Not to explode other things; just--explode.
13) Sit very far away from anyone you ever talk to, so that you are not hit by giant missiles or spattered in blood.
14) When committing a coup d'etat, it helps to actually kill or imprison the person you're couping.
15)If you can't see a vision of peace and beauty, it may be because you are ON FIRE.

There is no way to adequately describe this movie.
ETA: I should mention that I do like the movie and would recommend, nay, lend it to any who asked. Just be prepared for some jaw-dropping moments.
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The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)High
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very Low
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Very Low

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

Weird. I'd have expected far more in the heresy, less in the "Virtuous Nonbelievers", and...violent?

...Well, okay, I did play GTA Vice City tonight. And I did run over pedestrians right, left, and center. But the way they bounce off the hood is just so satisfying!
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I am sending out the call! My D&D campaign needs a new player--maybe two, if I can manage it. (For good reasons--two players are headed to graduate school!) Send this message on to any who might be interested--no posting online, please, it's already going to my lj--and I'll be making decisions when I return from Wisconsin. I welcome players with any level of experience with the system or roleplaying in general.

Here's the data: )
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My players got me a Cthulhu!

I've always wanted a stuffed Cthulhu! To hug and love and name it George! Or F'tagn!

And it's Summer Fun Cthulhu, too. With a horrible straw hat, a Hawaiian shirt, shorts (jams, perhaps?), and...flip-flops.

Flip-flops....of DOOOOOOM!!

I will hug it and love it and name it F'tagn, and I am so happy!
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Just re-ran my Cthulhu one-shot about recovering mental patients and evil shapeless brain-sucky things. It was a lot of fun. Not as creepy as the first time--probably because we started at 5pm, in bright sunlight--but equally good and involved, with fun insanities. The original idea was [livejournal.com profile] srisyadasti's, from a conversation we had last year in Wisconsin, and I have dabbled with it a bit since.

One of my changes involves choosing insanities. Each character has been insane for a while, but got better. So each player decides for another player what caused them to go insane. In the first game, [livejournal.com profile] fairoriana decided that [livejournal.com profile] anacrucis's character was a split personality with a penchant for setting fires. In this game, we had a wonderful, wonderful description. One character was an arrogant professor. So when [livejournal.com profile] stealthmuffin had to describe what caused him to go mad, she was creative. )

So it was a good, fun evening of scary and silly.

On another note, I have three more days of work. I can't tell if I feel regret or relief. More as it approaches...
sigerson: (jiggly)
Good night. One harangue at characters, one moral dilemma, one crossbow-wielding-assassin who didn't get caught (mwah ha ha), one prevented execution, one Big Plan set into motion, one great throwaway character (summoned giant owl, very cranky at daylight), and one largely insane sorcerer.

And a whoooole lot of exposition. The cool kind. The kind where you watch player after player going "oh. we're so screwed. we gotta do something."

Though my favorite moment of the night might be the insane sorcerer setting his price for assistance on a minor matter: one yard of purple silk, one kiss from a pretty girl, and something unique he's never seen before. Current plan is to stick Mggy's character in a dress with a sign that says "PRETTY".

Friday, Viv teaches me the "Viv Anything-Goes-School-of-Combat-Awesomeness", or, how to run a combat without stopping to look up stuff every three seconds. Also, how to make a kobold intimidating. Cool.
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You're Ash, baby.
Gimme some sugar baby.


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The dilating eyedrops are wearing off at different speeds.

My pupils are different sizes.

I look like every cartoon's shorthand for "deranged maniac"!
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(Aside: Jeez, not on LJ for 24 hours yet and already posted three times)

Mr.TheMan and I just finished watching The Kingdom (first four eps). AAaaAAaaAaaaAAA, to quote Homsar. Not for the faint of heart, or those easily disturbed by blood. It's a Danish series directed by Lars von Trier, set in a hospital where the bizarre hauntings take second priority to the bizarre politicking in the staff. There's a little girl with a bell who cries in the elevator shaft. And that's the most normal bit. The ambulance that doesn't respond...the endless basement hallways...the spare head...

I don't know how well I'll sleep tonight.

It's also the best combination of horror and humor--even farce--that I've ever witnessed. Not just the uneasy laugh of "oh my god, he's not really going in the basement, is he?", but back and forth between grotesquerie, drama, and the ludicrosities (new word! yay!) of management. Plus, the manager might be a complete incompetent--or he might be the most devious manipulator in the whole hospital.

Stephen King's supposed to be rewriting the series for American release. All props to Mr. King, but I have no idea how he'll do it and not suck.

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