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All about horsies! No really. - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 24th, 2012

10:17 am - All about horsies! No really.

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One thing I can't work out about Walking Dead - the zombies are dead, right? They had to die in order to be reanimated. So if they're dead, they should be rotting away, and after 9 months there wouldn't be a hell of a lot left. Yet they seem to be as populous as ever. So maybe they aren't dead - in which case they would need inputs like food to keep moving, what with the laws of energy and all. Yet ones that are shut in inescapable places are still moving after 9 months despite not having anything to eat.

Dear AMC, why is this? Show your work.


Meanwhile, in my basement-dwelling, videogame-playing, other life, I made another friend:



Ponies! Yep, Skyrim just got better. Fact is, horses aren't that flash in this game - they don't go much faster than running, you can't get one for your companion so it's not worth taking the horse on group missions, and they tend to attack things and get themselves killed quite easily. Also, if I hadn't bought a horse I would have a house by now. ;-/

But you can fight on horseback (only with weapons, not magic, boo), and the horse movement animation is the best I've seen outside Red Dead Redemption, perhaps even better. And with me, that counts for a lot. So what if they slide across the scenery occasionally, and require a certain amount of suspension of disbelief? Horses make everything better merely by their existence.


Taken from Borris the Badass Horse
A Day In the Life



Hey look tieke! The rider is sitting in the right place!

Other things I have learned about Skyrim:

Don't attack the giants if you're level 6. Duh.
Spiders, wolves and crabs are the Goddamned Bats of this game.
Lydia is a grumpy fucker.
It's more or less just single player WoW.
Plot what plot?

Still, it's kind of fun to potter around in a world where there's no driving need to go save it Right Now, where you can just go help some random person hoe their vegies (not a euphemism) if that's what you feel like doing. My char whose name is Hawk (shut up) is currently helping a nun to get some fancy tree bark to make the tree in the middle of town grow some leaves. Because I want the tree to be pretty. This apparently involves running halfway across the world and getting killed by giants a lot because Hawk is too stupid to just go around. Also, a lot of spiders and crabs. And some caves. And a random sawmill with nobody in it. Huh?

I'm being unfair. It's quite engaging in a relaxed, aimless kind of way, which is something of a welcome break from the games I've been playing that insist you move the plot along with everything you do. And I find myself stopping often just to absorb the pretty. It's not a Bioware game, but it's growing on me.

In other news, I want this couch:



At least, I want the concept. That couch itself is kind of ugly.


Freedom's Call is currently in the stage where I'm doing lots of work and making little progress. I've applied the goop, which always ruins the outline of the sculpted bits and makes me hate it. I've dremel-ed it back into shape and discovered that plaster mache forms a crust, underneath which has the consistency of particle board. So now I'm applying air-dry modelling clay to smooth everything out and regain the sharp outline so I like it again. I can do half of one side in an evening. After this there'll be more sanding, then more filling, and then maybe just maybe I'll be able to start painting. Long project is long.

And yesterday I got 2 emails about shearing. What is it with sheep owners that they always contact me in pairs? Anyway, this means that in a couple of weeks the sheep will start to take over my journal again. Not sure whether this is a good thing or not..

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From:m_danson
Date:October 23rd, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Maybe the comic it's based on knows? I only saw the first episode of Walking Dead and I was left with the impression it was a disease.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it seems to be being treated like a disease, but even one that slows down the metabolism a great deal would still require at least some food. Maybe if they made the zombies that hadn't eaten get slower and slower until they entered suspended animation or something..

.. I think about this too much, don't I?
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From:m_danson
Date:October 25th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
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*cough*

I really can't comment on thinking too much...
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 23rd, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
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They do decay, but it seems to be at a slower rate.

Personally, I think they're dumb for not heading north. Zombies are much easier to kill when they're frozen.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
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I think they're dumb for a lot of reasons (don't get me started on Daryl's so-called hunting skills), but I guess if they weren't it'd be a fairly short, dull show, eh?
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:October 23rd, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Well, true. I just wish some of them were more likeable. I end up rooting for the zombies.
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From:pundigrion
Date:October 26th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I always find rooting for the "bad things" much more fun in awful movies. Deep Blue Sea I cheered every time someone got eaten and I totally rooted for the bugs in Starship Troopers (which I completely forgot the name of, but found with the first hit searching with the keywords of space bugs movie shower scene)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
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To be fair, they do napalm the cities, but turns out it's hard to eradicate zombies for various reasons which could be spoiler-ish.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 24th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
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Actually it's quite an enjoyable show to watch, even if their lack of evisceration skills makes me shake my fist at the screen.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:October 24th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
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28 Days Later!

Also the best use of a Godspeed You Black Emperor track ever seen in cinema. Possibly the only. STILL.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Well, to be fair the power's off and they have run out of fuel so, you know..
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From:tatjna
Date:October 24th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
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And I'm sure that's all easily accessible to your average Joe Blow, along with lots of books about electricity production and the keys to a sherman tank.
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From:Will Marshall
Date:October 24th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
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One of the cardinal rules of zombies is that all the people with training in disaster management and keys to tanks get zombified.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 24th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
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Right, you're in charge of getting the gas then.

BTW, that one at Kaiwharawhara? Not petrol, or diesel. Oil, apparently. At least, that's what they told me when they stopped me going up the road late one night because they thought it had a crack in it.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 24th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
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In that case, you and I are both history. Since I'm done breeding and you are defective. Sorry about that.
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From:pundigrion
Date:October 26th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Dang, you guys are all high tech! In the US, they used a chain with a padlock....that may or may not have actually gone through the steering column and mostly just made them annoying to drive when the key got lost until someone could find the bolt cutters.
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From:tcpip
Date:October 23rd, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Dear AMC, why is this? Show your work.

And why do they want to attack non-dead people anyway?

Also, if I hadn't bought a horse I would have a house by now.

Well, at least that's a realistic simulation.

In other news, I want this couch:

Looks like the sort of couch if one has, umm, very close friends.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
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I suspect that suspending disbelief is part of the fun. I'm just not very good at it. ;-)
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From:tcpip
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
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That response works for zombies, horses, and couch-beds. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I totally believe in the couch-bed! ;-)

Apparently you get an unkillable horse later in the game. And to add insult to injury, it's free.
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From:pombagira
Date:October 23rd, 2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
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yay sheeps wool.. canna i has a full shopping bag full?? *skips about*

please and thank you..

*grins*

also as of friday i am gainfully employed untill march 2013 whoot!! i would make a post on my journal but i am flat out sewing.. O.O gosh..

do be do
*beams*
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Exciting! Congratulations. ;-)
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I like the couch a lot... I don't even think it's ugly but a nice combo of modern and natural. ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 23rd, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
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It would be particularly awesome if we had a house it would look good in, eh?

But it makes me want to make our lounge seating like this. ;-)
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:October 24th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
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i like the couch thingy... i could probably do that with my couch parts if i clamped them together in a different shape than couch-like since it's parts from ikea. neat.

i might get skyrim for ps3 but i have no time to play... it looks super cool. i'd totally make friends with animals and help people, too.

:-D
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From:tatjna
Date:October 24th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
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It is the kind of game where you can sit down for 15 minutes and just do a little bit, but I can imagine easily losing a couple of hours on it too..
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:October 24th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
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The couch is awesome. The only downside is that I would never, ever want to get out of it. I might have to employ someone to fetch my drinks.
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From:kehleyr
Date:October 25th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
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they would need inputs like food to keep moving well... um... aren't they getting food when they feast on humans? Haven't watched beyond the first season so I don't know what else has happened :-).
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From:tatjna
Date:October 25th, 2012 09:08 am (UTC)
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Yeah, but they keep coming across ones that are stuck in buildings and such where there's no live human or animal food supply. And by Season 3 it's been nearly a year and yet these things are still moving...
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