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I am not ashamed, and my family are a bunch of enablers - Tactical Ninja

May. 2nd, 2013

09:27 am - I am not ashamed, and my family are a bunch of enablers

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Fun fact of the day: the 1st of May is the anniversary of the founding of the Illuminati. Back in Ye Olden Tymes, these folks were not so much with the shadowy world-domination scheming they are credited with today, they were apparently more about undermining the Roman Catholic church's stranglehold on public life, promoting scientific thought, and supporting the education of women. I am down with the original Illuminati. I am also down with sharing my birthday with it.

So much so, that I named my Kindle after its founder, Adam Weishaupt. Imagine my glee to discover that the headquarters of the Grey Wardens - the shadowy secret society that defends Thedas from the darkspawn in Dragon Age, is also named after this guy. There's much debate over whether this is a coincidence or not. Knowing as much as I do about this world, and its creation being developed from the idea of subverting fantasy tropes using themes from our own world, I think not. I think it's neat, though - and that kind of little detail is the sort of thing that makes me love it so much.


So imagine my thrilled squeeing when presented with this yesterday evening:



There was much squeeing, I can tell you, alongside declarations of "This is my new boyfriend!" and other inanities. And then some extreme patience from Dr Wheel as he endured a couple of hours of "Hey, did you know that... *XYZ trivia about Thedas*? No? Isn't that neat?" He gets all the points for putting up with it, and also for saying that he knew what he was signing up for when he got it for me, but getting it for me anyway.

Yes, it is everything it's cracked up to be. On one level I know that it's a well-timed attempt by a profitable franchise to extend profits and kindle a bunch of renewed interest before the release of DA3. On another level, I simply don't care. I have more than got my money's worth of enjoyment out of their games and stories, and I'm a little bit in love with the world they've created. They can have my money if it means they'll keep doing what they do. And it's pretty obvious that the people involved are passionate about their creation too. So, yay!

Meanwhile, the YoT had quietly snuck into my Origin account and started downloading this:



I look at that picture and go "Who is that dude in the middle and what is he doing in my Mass Effect?" because as we all know, Shepard is actually a redheaded woman with scarily pointy cheekbones who looks kind of like rivet, not some Generic Marine looking bloke with a big gun.

Also, am I the only one who wants to tell Miranda to pull her pants out of her arse crack every time I see her?

But look! The Citadel DLC! For me! I R EXCITE!

And my brother, who has known me longer than anybody else in the world, gave me this:



What is that? Well, it's a thermometer. It's a thermometer that works on proximity, so you can hold it near something - say, something electronic that you're running a scary amount of amps through because you had a brainfart one time - and see if it's going to set you on fire. You can do this before you actually bring it anywhere near your person.

Why would he give me something like this? Well, like I said, he's known me longer than anybody. *cough* He also gave me INFORMATION! I like information. I especially like information that makes me realise that my question wasn't stupid, and that yes, code is actually magic, and that I can totally do anything I want. Mwuahahhahaa!

And then there was dinner at Crazy Horse. OMNOMNOMNOM steak.. I don't think I will ever need to eat again.

I love my little family. They make birthdays awesome.


For Happy:

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From:guaparella
Date:May 1st, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
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IS THAT A DRAGON AGE BOOOOOK?!?!??!? Like video game Dragon AGE!?!??!?
OMG, My daughter is going to flip right the fuck out.

Also, Shep is a hot, freckled woman. JSYK

<3

AND...Just bought it and some other book things.

Edited at 2013-05-01 09:37 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Shep totally has freckles! And very unlikely green eyes because I clicked the wrong button, but she doesn't hold that against me.

And yes! It's an encyclopaedia of Thedas! It smells lovely and is awesome and OMGSQUEE!
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From:guaparella
Date:May 1st, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
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She is going to flip! She's down here for a week and I got it on Prime so it'll be here by Friday!
Here, look at what I got. I love nerds, but I don't know stuff, tell me what you think;
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595829164/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595829164/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And the one you posted about. She is a gamer extraordinaire. I only play Plants VS Zombies.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I have all of that series, and they are pretty damn cool. If she's a DA fan, she'll love it! ;-)

(there is probably Plants vs Zombies fanfic out there - I'm afraid to look)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)

Re: What is this I don't even

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Apart from misuse of apostrophes and incomprehensible voice disguisement? No clue.

I think Andrea the Hedgehog might be a bit socially awkward. But she has great hair?
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)

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I like that there are ambitious animals out there.
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From:tieke
Date:May 2nd, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
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I can't get pictures on my phone lj app. I'm really confused!
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2013 12:22 am (UTC)
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I suspect that Happy has googled your name and the word 'hedgehog', with variously amusing results. We are all confused.

;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
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Happy is one of these:



I know because of my lernings.
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From:tieke
Date:May 2nd, 2013 04:59 am (UTC)
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Screw you all!

Just wait til I get home to my desktop!
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From:rivet
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
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I've been immortalized in a video game? Who knew?
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
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You have. The characters are very customisable so they don't all look like you, but one of the basic face shapes has the same tilted-up nose and certain way of holding her mouth as you do. Add in some large eyes and good cheekbones, and voila! Rivet!Shep.

Sadly I don't have a screenshot of my Shep to show you.
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From:rivet
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Cool! I hope that I/she said clever things, kicked arse, and seduced whoever she wanted ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Seriously. They all hit on her at once, and she even slept with someone accidentally! And she totally kicks arse.

Your smile is better though. Video game character smiles are creepy.



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From:pombagira
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
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yay steak.... and presents

sounds like you had the awsomehappy day yesterday. hooray

yay !♥
Polly
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From:tatjna
Date:May 1st, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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<3
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From:morbid_curious
Date:May 2nd, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
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One day I hope to write (for) a world that spawns a full-colour story and art book.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
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One day I hope to run around in that world!
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From:lizardphunk
Date:May 2nd, 2013 07:01 am (UTC)
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I just got that DA book - I LOVE IT! I have such high, high exceptations for DA3.

And I tricked my SO into enjoying DA2, so now he's hooked. Ahhh.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Me too. Although, I have some reservations about the whole Inquisition thing - my savegame character is a diehard mage supporter and if she ends up having to be an Inquisitor, it'll require some pretty serious retcon on Bioware's part and she'll be spending the game trying to subvert her own organisation.

And from the book, I have gleaned that Orlesians are very strange. Since the next game is likely to be set there, I'm wondering how my character will cope with that, too, being a bit of a Fereldenophile..
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From:meathiel
Date:May 2nd, 2013 10:48 am (UTC)
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Sounds like awesome - and totally nerdy - gifts ... ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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NERDGASM!
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From:kehleyr
Date:May 2nd, 2013 01:25 pm (UTC)
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I love that illustration at the end :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:May 2nd, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
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My friend has a t-shirt with the first pic on it, so I had to post it!
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