Mar. 19th, 2010 01:08 am

le LARP

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I think I've mentioned before that I'm part of a Friday night LARP -- live action roleplaying game. It's the kind of thing where a bunch of us get together and have a good time building a story and playing a game. The fact that it happens to be a bunch of people who don't mind getting dressed up and doing it in the middle of downtown Mountain View where everybody can see it doesn't really change things much. ;-)

Anyway, the game is going well. My character is starting to develop in interesting ways, doing some fascinating things. I keep thinking that he's going to get killed off -- and actually, I sort of intended for that to happen when I made him. He's an experimental "get to know the game and rules" character that I didn't put much time into creating and he's turned out to be a lot of fun.

He's a Malkavian and his curse is Paranoia. Of course, he didn't know that was his curse until a good three months into playing him. It was rough going for a while because he'd constantly be triggered and start sabotaging his interactions with people, getting in trouble for basically stalking or investigating someone, and causing problems. It turned out eventually that he learned what his curse was when one of the other Malks, someone who was actually a psychiatrist before she was embraced, gave him some parting words of wisdom. (Tom sacrificed that relationship in brilliant fireworks due to his paranoia and some actions the woman in question took...)

There's so damn much to the game though. I can't really even describe how awesome it is, how crazy every Friday night is, and how bad I feel if I even miss one night. Yeah, yeah, that's life. It's just so interesting and entertaining, though -- so many plots, subplots, and even tinier little itty bitty things that sometimes go somewhere, sometimes don't. Oh man.

Anyway, apparently there's an opening for a Storyteller (one of the game masters). I put in an application even though I'm one of the newer players. Doesn't hurt to try, and I think it'd be a lot of fun!

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Next subject, today has been pretty productive as far as Dreamwidth goes. I got our Google Summer of Code organization profile created, got [personal profile] fu ready to mentor, yelled at someone on IRC for using gay as a perjorative (not Dreamwidth IRC), and have been pounding out some code for credit card processing. Making great progress, too!

Oh yeah, and we watched Repo! The Genetic Opera and the American Idol results show for this week. The former was really entertaining and I'm still pondering it. I definitely enjoyed it though, and I really liked the voice of Alexa Vega -- but I can't really find anything she's done except be in shows... hrm.

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Okay, nearly bedtime. Going to finish a little bit more of the code I am working on and then go crash.
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First up: Happy Mother's Day to all those out there of the Mother persuasion. And my own mom, who apparently is reading this journal! (Hi Mom! I sent you two invite codes, you should have them in your hotmail account.)

Anyway.

This weekend went by pretty fast. I'm sure that's going to keep happening. I'm not even really sure what I did yesterday. I know that I went to dinner with Janine to Black Angus and had some nice steak. Oh yeah! Janine just reminded me what I spent the day doing: working on Dreamwidth to get our monthly spend down to a useful level, instead of the Open Beta high level it was at. Right, that sucked my brain.

Today we spent a lot of time on wedding and family stuff, as it is Mother's Day. A few hours in the early afternoon putting together plans for the reception, music choices for the ceremony, and a number of other things that we need to figure out. I still have a few things on my list that I have to look at, I'll get to them this week.

After that, we went up to the city to have dinner with Janine's family (Mom, Sister and Husband and Baby, and Uncle). It was at some Italian place in North Beach. Expensive ($240 for six of us) but the food was pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of really fancy Italian food (it's ... pasta, seriously) but it was alright.

Somewhere in here I spent a little while on the phone with my mom. That was nice -- I really like talking to her, but that always conflicts with me being busy and not liking talking on the phone in general. I should talk to her more, I know.

Upon coming home and taking care of some random things around the house, we tried to catch up on some TV. Two episodes of House and one of Lost and we still have a bunch of Dollhouse and Lost on the list. And of course, tomorrow being Monday brings us more TV. Augh! I've fallen so behind because of the Dreamwidth stuff. Le sigh.

And now for something completely different.

This coming week I will be on call again for my day job, with the added excitement of two full 24 hour shifts because the remote office that normally does the overnight shift will be doing their yearly offsite. It should be fine, typically the night shifts are the quietest, but ... still.

Then once that week (+ weekend) is over, it's wedding time! Oh man. I'm pretty excited, nervous as hell, etc.

I still need to write my vows.

And finish a few honeymoon plans.

Augh!

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