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
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.