Lord of the Rings Online

(cross posting a couple places to try to get answers, sorry if I spam anyone's friends page)

I am all sorts of excited for the fact that this MMO is going free to play soon...but I am also trepidatious, seeing as the one and only piece of information I can NOT locate anywhere on their site or on DDO's (same company, fairly similar model so I'd assume it would be the same) is how it might work with multiple people playing from the same household. You need a product key to create an account. You are initially limited to one character per server on your account if playing for free. If you get a product key by downloading the game for free, that's all well and good, but then people would get around the character restriction simply by installing the game on multiple computers, so it would be can't be that simple.

I kinda doubt it's going to be possible for both Jim and I to play this game...and if it is I suspect we'll each be bound to a certain installation, which would leave me playing it on the cruddy computer that will probably have issues with running I kinda suspect I'm getting excited over nothing, 'cause that's not worth the trouble.

If anyone knows how the heck this actually works...actually has an LOTRO or DDO account...please let me know...
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And a partidge in a pickle tree

It's always the pickles. >.>

How is everyone? It's been a couple glacial ages since I posted much here.

I'm doing quite well. I am determined to squeeze anything I can out of this life. I'm getting myself as healthy as I can. My short term goal is to get myself able to handle being active enough to handle both going to the library regularly again (at some point I'd like to start volunteering there, if they'll have me) and going to see T regularly as well. Just see him, really short term, not necessarily ride, just groom him and let him graze and stuff if that's all I'm up for...

I have nearly finished watching Gundam Wing and Buffy just lately. Yes, I was "mostly" through Gundam Wing ages and ages ago, we keep going on to other things for long whiles before coming back to it. Only two disks away though, so this time it really should be soon. XDDD

I really, really hope that The Last Unicorn movie gets made somehow some day. The sooner the better. Because if it takes so long that Christopher Lee is...retired...(I will not even think that other thing) and cannot reprise his role as King Haggard...I will cry, and then I will find any and all people involved with the delays and roast them alive. Seriously. Okay, not seriously. XD

I wish I could remember even half of the stuff I wanted to post about over the past several months...all I can come up with is so freaking boring...

I do still intend to finish my LotR quiz at some's gonna drive me a teeny bit crazy for many long ages to come.

We got a new ps2 maybe...six months ago, I'm guessing? Maybe a little more, even. Anyway, it's awesome not having to wait five minutes for stuff to load, and even better to finally be able to play Tekken Tag again! My fav game in the series.

We still don't have any of the next generation of consoles, but there aren't really that many great games out for them yet, imo, so that's no biggie. We'll get them eventually I'm sure.

Actually one of the games I've become excessively addicted to lately is Metroid. Yes, the original for the NES. Old school ftw. XDDDD

That's enough inane babble for now, I feel sick posting so much useless non-info. I'll come back when I have something meaningful to say.

Oh! I'm gearing up for NaNo early this year...getting an idea together for it now, that's at least slightly geared for NaNo because last year didn't go so well with trying to write one of the novels I've been planning for ages...that was at least mostly due to my health, but I still don't want to try that again after falling on my face...I don't even know whether to count it as an attempt though, I gave up pretty early for all practical purposes and only got like 2,000 words. Anywho, my inclination is to not count it, but that's more because I can't deal with the idea of having tried and failed than anything else. XD
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What the heck happened to my xcolibur? I can't find anything...what was all that stuff about them never updating this again? Now I have a bunch of links to weird stats that I don't care about, my scrapbook is under "profile" which makes no sense, and I can't find any of the stuff that used to be under the now defunct "tools" which was mostly all I the comments page...that was awesome. *headdesk* What is wrong with LJ?

Oh, so, so much...

Wait, I just finally noticed the middle under "journal" which I guess makes as much sense as anything...totally wasn't there five seconds ago, really. XD
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The shows, the shows!

^Go there my lovelies! The Classical Hour hath already begun in all its mighty glory, and Mike's show shall follow hot on its heels this week as he shan't be able to broadcast at his usual Sunday time slot (due to the station wanting only mushy Valentines-y music or some such, I think). So flee! Get thee to thine speakers and listen most rapturously! For this shall be a very special few hours indeed, filled with good music and laughter and the throws (yes, throws, not throesXP) of insanity!
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A reminder? or else the first post I've made about something I've been meaning to do forever. You remember how I was all addicted to Mike's show on which he played all the awesome symphonic metal and stuff? And then my brudder Jim got his own show? And then he got another show? Yes? No?

Well, anyway, that's what happened. And Whiplash Radio is no more...'tis now all on Ocean Front Jams.

So. Mike's show, The That Which Must Not Be Named Show, is Sunday 4-6 pm Central. Jim's metal type show, The Maelstrom, is Thursday 9pm-12ish. YES HE WILL BE ON TONIGHT which is why I thunk of it. The Classical Hour, Jim's other show, is Saturday 11am-12 (also sometimes goes a little later, depends). Please remember to tune in for these, people, because they is awesome. That is all.
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*checks calendar* HOLY TIME-TRAVEL BATMAN!

Wait a--how did--what the--?

It's Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas all!

Seriously, I would've sworn it was the twenty-third when I woke up today...and it feels a few days earlier still.

Star Wars marathon on Spike! YAYS! *watching the AT-ATs closing in on the rebel base* Dang, I love these movies!

In other news, there is much fan-girling
So, since I have some links in my saved draft here I really need to make a brief plug for my good friend the_least's comic Crimson Dark. And no, I don't need to because he's my friend (I'm not shy about telling people I think their stuff isn't up to snuff or at least just isn't my kind of thing), I need to because it honestly just rocks. I was thinking about it after getting addicted to it again a couple weeks back and blazing through a chapter and a half in one sitting (I finished chapter four, still need to make up four more! Boy I got pretty far behind there. =o.o= Think I kinda like it that way though, waiting for updates would be torment.). And I think this is my favoritest sci-fi story in any medium after Firefly and Star Wars. I like this better than anything else I can think of (no specific examples provided because I don't want to sound like I'm knocking anything else or have this turn into some discussion about what the "best" science fiction ever was). I mean, seriously, it is not every day that something comes along that shoots that high up on my list. I like to keep things the way they are because I'm stubborn and nostalgic and the OCD-Imp is highly resistant to change. This kinda has me all "Kitty can't believe it!" =0.0=
Of course, I have been known to get a little over-enthusiastic about things and make some sweeping statements like this that turn out not to be true. If this turns out to be one of those cases you all have my sincere apologies. =^.^;;=

I seriously can't recommend this enough to anyone that likes sci-fi or just general great writing and epic plots and wit and awesome, believable, sometimes quirky characters and WOULD YOU FREAKING LOOK AT HOW GORGEOUS THE ART IS?

I get so lost sometimes in the sea of detail in the nebulae and the vast star fields and the gorgeous planets and the PRETTY ASPLOSIONS!!!

Also, the many and diverse ship designs continually delight me. Seriously, when I got my first good look at the oh so sleek and deadly Durandal marauder it was a long while before I could stop squeeing.

And you wanna know what the truly remarkable thing is? However good the visuals are they always get better over time. Little things are corrected, tweaked, perfected, that I didn't even realize were wrong until I see how much better the new versions are. I especially loved when the reflections were added to the eyes...when I saw it I remembered vaguely thinking that sometimes the eyes did look just a little dead in some of the earlier pages, and thinking how completely opposite that was all of a sudden...dang.

And it's not just that everything looks real or nearly real, or the fact that there's all this detail. It's the way the scenes are set, it's the lighting, it's the camera angles, it's every. last. little. thing.

To top it all off, I've just spent a good sized post rambling about the visuals which aren't even my favorite part. They're amazing, but I'm sure I would have gotten bored with them a long time ago if it wasn't for the writing. It's the characters and story that really make it for me. The plot is quite epic imo, but still firmly based around those amazing characters, and there's still room for some startlingly everyday scenes at times.

And those characters. The kind that make me talk to my computer monitor. "Me too!" and "" and "You really are an a-hole, aren't you?" and "BWAHAHAHAHAHA! WHISPER!!!! Oh, I love you."

The thing is, I don't really want to babble too much about plot and characters 'cause that'd get spoiler-filled right quick. So I leave you to marvel at the visuals. And hopefully interested enough to start reading. Because I MASSIVELY ADORE this comic right now, and I just need someone to adore it with me. XDDDDDDD

Okay, that's enough of the fan-girling for now. XD If anyone's interested I have found a few other comics I rather like, mostly from links posted on CD or links found through links or occasionally listening to the Gigcast. My favorite out of these is Gunnerkrigg Court because it is just too delightfully quirky. XD I've only read the first chapter of that though.

Wow, in the time it took me to finish this now R2 and 3PO have just come to Jabba. Went through a whole movie. And not a short one. Yeah, I need to learn how to brain more quickly. Of course I was multi-tasking a bit...but not much.

Deck the halls with boughs of jelly

It's getting to be that wonderful, terrible time of year. An early happy Christmas, Hanukkah, or plain old solstice to everyone. After all, who knows when the next time I update will be. *laughs*

I've been thinking about my journal a lot lately...thinking about it but never posting in it. Strange how that works. I have been trying (and mostly failing XDD) to get myself motivated to do more things in real life, so that's part of it. I guess I've also started to grow beyond the point that it's helpful for me to journal about stuff to make sense of it or decide what to do. My own thoughts are a bit more organized and I'm less inclined to panic...about some things anyway. ^_^;; So yeah. That's a good thing. But I should still check in more often than I do because you folks are awesome.

Thanksgiving was awesome this year. Especially the potatoes. And the pumpkin cookies. In general, my family rocks. =^.^= Oh, and Jim has gotten better and better at playing guitar. It's always fun to listen to him playing when we all get together. 'Tis prettyful.

So...what else is new? Jim and I watched season one of Leverage together, that's a good show. And it has Christian Kane, the guy who played Lindsey from Angel. He's fun. ^^

You know, I keep wondering if some day I should take some massage therapy classes. I seem to have something of a talent for it...I just had to figure out how to stop myself from aching quite so much constantly and it turns out it works for others too...but maybe it's only people in my family. I mean, it'd make sense we'd tend to have the same problems. Hmm.

Well...I'm here pretending everything is all right (which is pretty close to true, really), because it's more fun than thinking in circles about things I can't change. And eventually the pretending becomes the reality, because I'm learning more and more how to bounce back from things. Random drama like this is quick to pass if you don't indulge it. And I have no doubt at all that I made the right decision. The only problem with all that is I'm still going to miss my friends from the site where it all went down...but hopefully I'll be able to keep in touch with at least one of them. *crosses fingers* At any rate, being something of a mix but way more introverted than extroverted means I was becoming a very depressing person to be around, and I sure wasn't having any fun anymore.

Introverts, to over-simplify it, are not anti-social, but people who find other people tiring. I can't handle people wanting to interact with me and not giving me any time to recover. If someone forces me into that situation (thank goodness so few do) it always deteriorates until the only thing for me to do is leave and break all ties. *shakes head*

Am I the only one around here that feels that way? Just how much of an anomaly is this?
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Prepare for the apocalypse

Yeah, I actually logged in to LJ. Holy wow.

So, today I went to a larp. Yes, I am that much of a nerd! It was so much fun, even though I really kind of...underplayed my character. I mean, that was more or less in character, but I spoke up a little too rarely...but that's in part because my character didn't really know any information relevant to the trial that was going on and was just determined to make up her own mind about it...and boy that plot was complicated! I think it was significantly less complicated than the average larp though. Because geeks are insane. And most of them are much, much smarter than me.

So...for those who don't know. Larp=live action role-play, which depending on who you ask is either a bunch of geeks bashing each other with enchanted weapons (made of foam) until everyone's dead, like WoW in real life, or it's more or less an improvised play, which is what this was. You're given the background info that your character knows and a set of objectives to achieve (or attempt to achieve, of course often one character's objectives will be at odds with another's so they can't all come out in the end). You can do or say basically anything as long as it's in character, but depending on the larp there might be certain plot points that have to occur for it to end or certain mechanics used to decide the outcome of battles, etc. This one was much more open-ended in that regard, which...basically simplified it a lot, too, I think, so it was a really good larp for a first timer just getting her feet wet.

Aaaaanyway, this was a Middle-earth setting but not the most typical one, set in the small town of Fennas Drúnin after the initial uprising of the Witch King made the kingdom of Rhudaur go away, so it's kinda this tiny little island of civilization on the border of empty wilderness, though not far from Cardolan which...still half exists at this point--but didn't come into play whatsoever in the game (Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur were the three kingdoms into which Arnor was broken due to civil war, if there are any fellow Tolkien nerds who still aren't following that). This town is run by a Council (led by a Mayor) that manages taxes and maintaining the walls and such, and also has the ability to try and sentence criminals...I was one of the Council members. The new one, trying to establish myself but afraid of alienating the others and losing my position entirely. Dunlendings are not meant to be on the Council, according to most, much less Dunlending women. Jim was also a Council member, and Mike was the bargeman that had all the stories and rumors to tell that he never really knew the truth of for himself. XD It was a fun role.

On a random note, you'd be surprised how many different ways there are to butcher the seemingly innocuous word "Dunlending." Maybe I should have been offended. XP

So, the concept of this larp was very interesting. While as I said there were no gameplay mechanics, no battle, and while there were definite elements of the mystery story there wasn't exactly a definitive way to unravel everything in the was just a game of debate and even politics, and deciding who you trust more.

And somehow by the end Jim ended up being the Mayor, which was amusing in the way he was clearly NOT expecting it at all. XDDD Also, there were many extremely amusing semi-ooc comments made during this play, and most amusingly the writer of the game filled in for the other gm/referee/npc when there was one point he couldn't remember or find in his character sheet. Someone asked if he was related to that other guy we were just talking to. XDDD

Anyway, there were headaches involved, literal and figurative, but on the whole I had a blast, and I'd love to do more of this. I'd still better stick to minor roles, considering how much I had to push myself to do even as much as I did (I swear, as it turns out I had like one piece of relevant information to disclose through this whole game and doing so made me shake like a leaf even though I didn't feel emotional or nervous, or much of anything at all; this was some much deeper gut reaction, and I guess I just must be much shyer than I even knew I was!), and how confused I got especially earlier on...but seriously, this was ridiculous loads of fun and incredibly nerdy, and these people were all wonderful and had great senses of humor, and the whole concept is just so darned intriguing...I can hardly wait for the next one!
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Uh oh, she's going to rant. DANGER WILL ROBINSON! WARNING! WARNING!

Just go there and read the thing. The actual text of this bill, not some biased article about it or anything. I got several paragraphs in and just couldn't take it anymore.

This bill abolishes all small and/or organic farms. In the name of "food safety." Could it be more ironic?

So. The government gets to decide that ridiculous million dollar equipment is mandatory for farms. You have to keep track of every grain of wheat or you're going to be in huge trouble, because it's both illegal and punishable by a $500,000 fine to have false information in the detailed records of your food which the feds might come and examine at any time, and also to alter those records. Catch 22 much?

The government decides when and with what farms should be fertilized, what drugs animals should be given, just frigging EVERYTHING.

Obama claims he's going to support small farmers and then the first thing he does is try to rush this through with the typical lack of anyone getting to know anything about it. God, help me, I can't take it anymore.

My friendses, and any passersby that happen to care, there is a petition, and I'd ask that you sign it, because if all we're left with is the huge corporate farms that have a vague prayer of compliance with this then food prices are going to skyrocket and it's just one more brick in the wall of the downfall of our country and constitution. Not the end of the world, but it's at least that. I on the other hand have a pretty high personal stake in this. I know and admire some people involved in small farming and would hate to see them lose their chance at the life they love, and I'll be in huge trouble with my health because I have a strong tendency to be allergic to or otherwise have bad reactions to pesticides, antibiotics, etc.

Sign it. Please!
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