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The Bar / A languages favour
« on: December 31, 2009, 12:14:47 PM »
Does anyone in the society have the ability to write fluently in ANY non-english language?  Welsh and German would be ideal.
I'm trying to get my dad a birthday present, a t-shirt that will enable him to accept a round of drinks in any nation he visits (which I figure is a good way to get a free drink or two).  A shirt with the phrase
"It would be rude not to"
On it in several languages.  Could anyone assist?


Astral Eyes / Tweet
« on: December 28, 2009, 09:04:10 PM »
Alternate thread title: chirpy chirpy, cheep cheep

Nationals Archive / You coming?
« on: November 24, 2009, 12:18:10 PM »
Sorry, short notice, but following up my post in the treasury section, could you please communicate to the committee if you're planning on making an appearance this year?  I've had 5 confirmations so far (though I can't speak for ayone who's gone directly through Claire).
Cheers.  There may well be an announcement to this tune tonight.

The Legend of Alexander / A fond, yet abrupt farewell
« on: July 15, 2009, 12:01:48 PM »
That was honestly something of a surprise, y'know.  I expected Reynard to channel an angel into himself and to send the Earth team to a hell dimension, not the other way around.
So it's the end.  The entire party is dead, save the one who survived but got his mind destroyed and is probably now embarking on an orgy of gore and destruction across the lands despite never having landed a blow in anger throughout his short life.  I just thought I'd say that after all that, I'm quite satisfied at the ending but mildly confused at the same time.  It's a bit of a Twilight Zone-come-Matrix feeling.  Everything you know about the world is a lie and all that.

Thanks to Team Dominions for some pretty solid co-operation throughout.  I thought we were doing quite well back there for a bit.  And thanks for dealing with Balthasar's delusion.
Thanks to Team Earth for opening our minds to the strange workings of your fantastic world, for bringing many taboos and illegal substances through the rift with you and for being so goddamned British.
And thanks to Andy.  Enjoyed that one rather a lot.  Even though we ended on a battle we could never win, it was a pretty good campaign throughout.

Lovely stuff.

The Legend of Alexander / A fond farewell
« on: March 27, 2009, 12:53:37 PM »
It seems appropriate, given our recent success, to pay respects to those of our band who are no longer with us.
Though we were unable to acknowledge their incredible sacrifices with the burial that heroes such as they deserve, we may at least yet take comfort that they will live on forever in the shining light of Alexander's eternal love.

Entertainment / Karting
« on: January 29, 2009, 07:21:43 PM »
This might be somewhat random, but it came up in conversation that I've never been go-karting before.
It also came up that I'm kinda somewhere near another birthday.

You can see where I'm headed, here.

Anyone interested in helping me usher in my 21st year?  I figure I should be able to get it right the 3rd time.  If there's any interest, I'll look up dates and monies and such but I'm thinking the week after the nationals since I've already got a bunch of time off.
I also need to find out if they let you do it while you're drunk.

Nationals Archive / Oz costume pictures
« on: September 27, 2008, 07:06:34 PM »
Just a thought, but I've looked at a few sites to try and get decent images for costume components and some of them are a little difficult to get.  I mean, it's easy enough to find pictures of Dorothy and such, but individual munchkins, the Kansas folks, it's a bit of a pain.
I'm planning on finding a streaming copy getting the movie on DVD and taking a few screen captures, just for the sake of accuracy.  Anybody want a few images of their chosen character while I'm doing my own?  They won't be high quality, but I'll try and get them from a few angles.

If you're interested, just post a character name or a description or something, I'll do the best I can.

Movies/Books/Games/Etc / Oh my
« on: August 30, 2008, 12:13:23 AM »
Not that I read the Sun, but Google decided that it should be the first relevant link.

Honestly, I don't know how to feel.  I'm happy it's going to be back, but for 4 episodes before the end, it feels like a short goodbye to something I've been a fan of since I've owned my own VCR.  And I'm morbidly afraid of them screwing it up and leaving the whole thing ending with a bitter taste.
'course, I already know I'll be sat there the night it comes out.  Kinda like the hitchhiker's guide movie, you know it's probably not going to live up to your expectations, but you can't not watch it.

Things I don't want / Goggles
« on: July 17, 2008, 09:50:26 AM »
It's not something I own, as such, but I'm ordering s'more steampunkesque goggles.  Anybody want a pair?  There's been a bit of interest, so if anyone else is interested then I'll save on the (admittedly insignificant) shipping costs, being as they're Americanian.  Works out at about a tenner, give or take, but don't ask me how much it costs to get the lenses replaced, I've never been brave enough to try to actually USE these things.
Links if you need 'em:

They do another set that're black with green lenses in (same as mine), but they're out of stock.  They've told me they'll be a while in getting some more in, but they are coming.

Movies/Books/Games/Etc / Recommendations
« on: May 02, 2008, 05:55:40 PM »
Having read all the Discworld books (well... most of them) twice and the Hitchhiker's quintology a few times, I've run out of novel reading material, and I've got one last loan payment to get rid of before I'm probably going to have to become a productive member of society.

Does anyone have any particularly decent comedy fiction to recommend?  Preferably something in a series so it'll be a while before I'm out of stuff to read again, but I'll try anything once.

Many thanks.

Entertainment / Online games
« on: April 01, 2008, 12:38:50 PM »
I just started playing Team Fortress 2.  I know I'm a few years/months late to the party, but no matter.

Just wondering, does anybody out there play anything online?  I know there's a few WoW players out there, at the very least (although I don't personally indulge in that particular form of heroin).

That's a thought.  I've got the orange box, C&C3, Unreal Tourney 3, C&C decade and a kingdom of loathing account.  BioSpark8000 on all of them 'cept kingdom, it's just BioSpark on that, if anyone wants to say hello or anything.  Or trample all over me.

Runequest / PC Diaries the second
« on: March 21, 2008, 03:35:25 PM »
We had a good day.  After training and our duties, I decided to try to mend Thorfinn's helmet.  The actual mending proved difficult, it was damaged quite badly and probably was not a stranger to battle before he had received it, but I did the best I could.  I then tried something I had been taught in our temple, some technique involving hammering runes into armour or something.  I do not understand it fully, all I know is I placed the shape I had been shown in the temple onto the helmet and hammered it a few times.  Thorfinn seems pleased with it, and it resisted the hammer blows very well, it was quite a challenge to finish securing the rune in the end.  A good job, I feel, but it gave me a rather bad headache.  Improving my own was more of a challenge, it seems that lamellar is a lot more resistant to this treatment.  I will have to continue relying on my magic, it seems.
Yesterday's work and training were quite exhausting, so we were thankful to return to bed in the evening.  I wish I had never bothered.
It started with a really strange nightmare.  A huge flock of human heads, looking right at me.  They flew directly into my head, I don't know what they wanted, but I wanted to know what they were doing.  They did not look friendly.
The rest of what happened is... difficult to describe.  I think I dreamed of going inside my own head, following them into a great hall full of side chambers.  The swarm fled down the hall, they seemed afraid of something but I suppose cowardice is natural when you have no arms to fight with.  One of them split off from the rest and I followed it.  We ended up in a room full of... images.  An endless, impossible room containing every scene from our past travels, it was impossible to make any sense of it all, there was just too much to take in.  I tried not to linger on the day we crossed the river or our last major fight.  The lone head was frantically searching the room, so I decided to ask what it was doing.  For a disembodied head it spat well, right into my eyes.  We fought for what felt like days, dodging and dealing blows, but the endless moving scenes around us made it very difficult to concentrate on the fight, especially as many of them contained their own fights.
Just as I began to feel completely spent, I heard something, something at the very edge of hearing, some great battle cry from the heavens.  This battle could not end with both of us still standing, it had to be to the death.  I was not about to let some creature invade my head, I would rather some of my memories not be made public.
I eventually struck it down.  Even dream monsters cannot stand against a good beating.  I stepped outside the room to see its companions fleeing, so I followed as far as I dared, eventually appearing above a mountain.  I do not know why I was not falling.  The heads returned to a man running for his life by the looks of it, some cleric or monk if I am any judge.  I did not want to call the attention of any man capable of throwing around disembodied heads, nor did I want to see if they would try to go into his head, so I went back... well, home, I suppose.
There is little more to do than wait until I wake up.  I have some time to kill, I might as well try to find the memory room again, see if I can find the first night of our adventure, with the pig and the serving girl.  Those were better days.  Things did not try to kill us quite as often.

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