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Jun. 7th, 2014

FATE and the Duelist

So, continuing on my rewatch of Utena, I can't help think FATE (particularly the quick version FATE Accelerated Edition) would make a great game system for a game like Utena, because Utena's duels make no sense in terms of actual skill, but perfect sense in terms of psychological or ideological battles that happen to involve swords and roses.

Basically FATE allows for 'skills' that either are real skills for realistic games, or are more like FATE Accelerated's approaches: (careful, clever, flashy, forceful, quick, and sneaky). Both systems also have 'Aspects' which are general traits that can either help or hurt you. For instance, 'Issues with a Sibling' is an important trait to your character, your opponent can use it to her advantage provided it's known about IC and there's a justification as to how that can hinder you in this circumstance. Or you can explain how that makes you better able to fight this duel for a bonus to the roll. So, overall you can ending up with a conflict that's really about the presence/absence of miracles or reclaiming one's sense of self after a devastating blow than 'who is better at swords?'.

(You can put those 'skills are skills' rules back into place and have a GM that doesn't use things like the weird symbolic secret forest dueling arena and end up with a game where a duel really only answers 'who is better at swords'.)

(Of course, now I'm thinking of the descriptions I've read of WoW's Sidereal Exalted where some character abilities involve weaponizing concepts, so you could literally turn 'belief in miracles' into a weapon.)

Apr. 22nd, 2012

On Trilogies

I'm reading Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy, specifically the final book. And I got to thinking about the structure of trilogies. It seems like, even if each book in the trilogy has a plot, the trilogy itself has a pattern of the first book ending on an up beat, and the second on a down beat.

Some examples to explain what I mean )

So, I wonder if this is inherent to the construction of a trilogy. I can think of counter-examples: N. K. Jemisen's Inheritance trilogy doesn't quite have a downbeat second book, but I might have to reread it as a trilogy, rather than as a series of stand-alone novels. The Lord of the Rings... well, I have to go back and see where Tolkein cut the story, since the films changed things up. And discussing the differences there might be a post into itself. I can think of plenty of trilogies that do do this -- even darker stories, like [profile] seanan_mcguire's Newsflesh trilogy have a more upbeat first book end than second book end.

Apr. 21st, 2012

Letter Meme

1. Leave a comment to this post, specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

I ramble a lot here. Be warned.

[livejournal.com profile] stormsdotter gave me Z.

Z is for Zelda, Zelda, Zelda, Zelda and, of course, Zelda )

I also got T from [personal profile] dqbunny

T is for Toph, and that's good enough for me! )

Jul. 17th, 2011

Things I learned this weekend.

This may be a normal hormonal fluctuation, but I sob like a baby during series finales. At least, I've been watching a lot of anime*, and managed to get through all of the first two seasons of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, and all of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This weekend, I watched all of Madoka and the finale of Nanoha As. And sobbed through the finales of both series.

I don't know what it is between me and magical girl shows. Maybe that I'm a sucker for female-female relationships and love and friendship. And also the occasional fight scene, which excludes a lot of slice of life.

I will try not to spoil things )

But I did enjoy both.

* I become un-addicted Facebook games and start mainlining anime and my DVD collection after work. At least I can crochet while doing it. At this rate, though, I'm going to end up with a box of stuff to sell/give away and have seriously busted my yarn stash.

** Tangent: reading Wikipedia gave the history. Nanoha was a minor character in an adult-rated visual novel starting her brother. Later the creators decided that they could take a page from the Tenchi universe and make a magical girl series from this, which I guess means seeing how much of a common audience they had. I think this is when I admit I don't understand this at all.
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Feb. 22nd, 2011

Random Thought While Reading Library Wars...

So, I was reading Library War. For those of you who don't know the series, it's a manga where the Japanese government gives an organization wide powers to censor books... while local governments give libraries the power to protect their collections and freely distribute material. This ends with libraries and the Media Betterment Committee having para-military goons engaged in espionage, theft and sometime shooting matches. (Why hasn't the police or JSDF stepped in? Manga logic. Probably the same reason the Internet isn't playing a Wikileaks-style role and letting folks pirate everything they want. I guess I just pretend it exists in some Retro vision of the future.)

The manga adaption of Library War* is technically a shoujo (targeted to girls) series, based on where it's published. Since the plot threads are a mix of main character Iku Kasahara job as the first female member of the Library Defense Force (and duties regarding protecting books) and her own personal relationships with her roommate, the people on her team, and the Mysterious LDF Soldier who inspired her as a kid.

Actually, IIRC, Vision of Escaflowne also had the two manga adaptions pitched for different audiences, which has the same mix of action and relationship drama, though one could argue whether Hitomi or Van was the lead (or shift who got the protagonist hat based on your target audience).

Which got me thinking about how different series might look if you shifted their audience. A lot of it would just be shifting the focus on the cast -- I mean, take that classic anime of Fushigi Yuugi. Most of the cast is male, with half of the female cast being Miaka and Yui, who are non-combatants. Focus more on the aspect of protecting the priestess so she can summon Suzaku and more on Tamahome's relationships than Miaka's**, and it probably wouldn't read much different from a series in Shounen Jump. (The art would be different, too, I guess.)

You could probably do the same thing in reverse -- Bleach from Rukia or Orihime's perspective. It's not the fighting that distinguishes a shounen and a shoujo series, though there are plenty of shoujo series that are mundane relationship dramas or slice of life. (But, heck, the 'harem anime' is essentially this and pitched towards men/boys.)

I guess part of it is that it seems like non-BL shoujo and josei series are a bit marginalized by fans. Or maybe just that the shounen series get the Big Attention and Merchandise.

* At least, the one that's translated in English. Wikipedia tells me that Library War: Love and War is published in the shoujo magazine Lala, while Library War: Spitfire is published in the shounen magazine Dengeki Daioh.

** Seriously, look at the focus on friendship and camaraderie in the average shounen manga.
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Sep. 19th, 2010

30DoA.10: Favorite slice of life anime: Here is Greenwood

Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime: Here is Greenwood

In general, I've found slice-of-life works best for me when it's comedy. Because life is hilarious.

This was kind of a toss-up between Here is Greenwood and Azumanga Daioh. Both are comedic stories about high school students in a single-gender school. In the end, Greenwood won out here because I've seen more of it. It might not actually count as slice-of-life since ghosts show up in one episode, but since the focus is more on 'look at they crazy characters getting into crazy situations', rather than any overt fantastic elements.

To use an example of the other type, the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is also about crazy high schoolers in crazy situations, but most of those are driven, at least in part, by Haruhi's hidden powers or the other characters' responses to them (possibly involving their hidden powers). With the possible exception of Kyon, all of the other major characters of Haruhi have their relationships dictated by their theories on Haruhi's nature and their own supernatural pasts, so even a story about them at the school's culture festival isn't strictly mundane.

Anyway, it's mostly about four high school boys who live in the Greenwood dorm of the Ryokuto Academy, an all-boy school.  )

Sep. 13th, 2010

Costuming

I have a dozen Dreamwidth codes. I think everyone has them that wants them, but if you want more, I got them. Just leave an email.

I'm dressing as Utena for Halloween. Partially because we're watching it in anime club, and it's the only place I have to wear a costume*. The nice thing is the only thing I need to make is the jacket -- I can buy the wig, shoes, socks, pants and a shirt under the jacket. Anyway, I ordered a wig off of eBay (new), red over-the-knee socks on Sock Dreams and red shorts and white tennis shoes off of Sears. The top I'm wearing under my jacket is a navy tank top from Old Navy.

It all showed up today. I snapped a picture of me wearing the shirt and shorts before work (and the shoes, but you can't see my feet), and tried on the socks -- which can't quite make it all the way up my legs, but work. Also tried on the wig, but need to both cut bangs into it and figure out the best way to get my hair to stick to my head and not peek out.

Besides the jacket, I have to fix my shoes. Utena's are white with black toes and heels and red laces. For the laces, I can use some of my ribbon and bind the ends to stop fraying, but I haven't decided how to do the shoe patterns. Gluing black canvas on would probably look better, but it would be harder to cut the right shapes, especially on the toes. Paint would be quicker, but it would be weird on the toes without a seam to follow. Either way, the shoes are a bit too tight for me, but were cheaper than buying them in the store. Having black shoes with white toes and heels would have been a lot easier.

It's funny. I don't normally deal much with shoes in my cosplays, since I subscribe to the principle of comfort first. As a result, normally I either wear my sneakers or my black dress boots -- or try and fail to make boot covers to go over my sneakers. Part of this is because when I'm con-going, I want to be seen in costume, but I want to actually do stuff.

(An aside, it's funny to listen to peoples' theories about Utena in anime club, since most of them haven't seen it.)

* Well, the Thursday before I'm helping at the Museum of the Earth for their annual astronomy-themed Halloween, but I usually try to wear a costume related to astronomy.
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Aug. 29th, 2010

Anime Club

First meeting of the semester was yesterday. Well, the first business meeting was Friday, in which I forgot to bring my annual dues and started the arrangements to transfer the Club Archive from the old Archivist (me) to the new Archivist. But the first showing was yesterday. We're watching 8 shows this semester -- we have 9 slots per showing, but there's also movies and OAVs and stuff, and usually some stuff gets pushed into End-of-Semester marathon.

As for the shows, these are my impressions so far:

Shows~! )
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Mar. 24th, 2010

Twelve Kingdoms

Reading Book 4 now. One thing I like that the anime didn't do (as well) was explain why we are following around Suzu and Shoukei, besides that both hear about Youko's coronation and decide to Do Something.

Read more... )
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Feb. 25th, 2010

Anime Club

Debating about whether to nominate Slayers Revolution for showing next semester. Main problem is that it is the fourth season of an anime, so I wonder how well it holds up for a club that might not have seen the previous three, or has only seen the first OAV (which really only tells you who Lina Inverse is, and lets you get the Nama/Naga joke in Evolution-R). The characters I can see sinking in quickly, but a lot of Revolution/Evolution-R relies on the plot of the first season. (Mostly the Rezo arc, but also the Sairaag arc a bit.)

Club history has the club showing Slayers TRY before my time, but TRY stands alone better -- about the only thing in common with Slayers and Slayers NEXT is the main five characters, the world, and knowing that Valgaav is annoyed at Lina because she killed his master in NEXT.

Then again, the club survived showing The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya in broadcast order*. Worst comes to worst, I nominate showing The Slayers first semester, then Revolution/Evolution-R second. The club tends to vote anything more than 13 episodes-a-semester down, but it's worth a shot. The last time the club did it was my first year, when showing Banner of the Stars and Eureka SeveN -- I suppose Twelve Kingdoms my second year, too, even if the club cut out the Taiki arc to save time. And none of those were well-received by the club** -- I think the last shows with substantially more than 26 episodes that were liked were Utena and FMA. (Oh, and Wolf's Rain, but if you cut out the four episodes (!) of recap, you get down to a normal length.)

What do you all think -- could Slayers Revolution/Evolution-R stand alone, relying on the in-show explanations of what's going on?

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* Basically the Haruhi anime has a five-episode story arc of the first novel, a very condensed version of the second novel, and a bunch of short stories from the manga. The DVD release puts the whole thing in rough chronological order, with the five-episode arc put first. The TV release, and the one CJAS went with, played the second novel first, had the story arc split up so that the first episode or two were shown first, and the end of that arc were shown last, and then sprinkled the rest in there somewhere. Seriously. It was mitigated by the plot of the second novel being 'Haruhi decides to make a movie for the cultural festival, and unknowingly casts her three weird friends as roles that mirror their own hidden backstories/powers', but...

** I had a love/hate relationship with Eureka SeveN, but even I admitted the Crest/Banner of the Stars and Twelve Kingdoms animes both had pacing problems, and that the books were better (and a better adaption would be awesome).

Feb. 21st, 2010

Feeling productive!

I got all of the cleaning done today except for mopping my kitchen floor and cleaning out the bottom of the fridge where what used to be vegetables are currently engaging in an experiment to synthesize life under Martian temperatures. (That and cleaning the spice shelf, where, thanks to vanilla and almond extract spills, the bottom feels like the floor of a movie theater.)

I made (Indian) curried vegetables* for dinner, but think I need to work a bit on the recipe. I love the taste of Indian curries, but this one needs a bit more body, since the spice doesn't stick well to the veggies. It also may need meat/tofu/paneer**, depending on if my body decides that no, this is not enough for dinner. (I also had naan, but the first batch was lost to 'put in the oven to toast and forget about it'.)

Now, I can write or draw or something. Maybe watch anime for a bit, while the laundry runs. I kind of want to start FMA: Brotherhood. Part of it is because I want to get back into the fandom (because I'm insane) and maybe write a sequel to my AU.

The [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang is starting up in March (IIRC), so that means finding a story I want to write 25,000 words on. I could do the whole 'novelize my old comic' project so I can put that sucker to bed (this Big Bang allows original works of fiction), or I have some fanfiction prompts. The sad thing is the Slayers trilogy I really want to finish writing needs its third prompt, and I want something that can stand alone. (And a sequel to my FMA AU needs a bit more for me to come up with a driving plot, even if I have the setting and background thought out.) I shall have to go through my WIPs/plotbunny list and look for something that does not have much work on it, and that can work as a 25,000 word fiction idea.

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* Distinguished from Thai curried vegetables -- the spice mix is different, and Thai curries involve a coconut milk base. Both are good.

** A sort of firm cheese. Also, yes, I will eat tofu, even though I am not a vegetarian.

Nov. 1st, 2009

My Brain is a Strange Place

As in, it thinks doing a Kino's Journey/Slayers fusion fic would be a good idea. Or even a crossover type dealie taking Kino, Hermes and the feeling of Kino's Journey* and bringing it into other settings. Just as kind of a series of one-shot crossovers to play with settings/characters of various series and to write Kino and Hermes.

* If you like thoughtful anime, I recommend this series highly. Basically, the premise is that Kino is a traveler who only stays a few days in each town she visits and Hermes is her motorrad (think motorcycle with AI). A lot of the episodes are stand alones or two-part arcs, and they're very concept oriented. For example, the first episode, Kino visits a town where the inhabitants developed an ability to read each other's minds. As time passed, they discovered that knowing the innermost thoughts of even loved ones was making it impossible to live with them, so they all isolated themselves and used robots to do everything. The one person Kino meets tells her this, then invites her to stay, since she's the first person he's talked to in a while and he wants to live with people who he can't read. It's a very matter-of-fact anime, showing great beauty and kindness, but also great suffering, irrationality, and brutality. (Oh, the ending...) "The world is not beautiful, therefore it is."

I really liked it, because it was... I guess because it wasn't depressing for the sake of angst, but because it was matter of fact, showing the world which was. It's on my list with Haibane Renmei and Mushishi for cerebral anime that I liked from club and want on my shelf.

Sep. 19th, 2009

Tidbits...

You know, it's funny, but I can be incredibly inspired by what I think are other people's bad ideas. Sometimes to rant, other times to get my own. Shame it doesn't extend to writing things. I have a lot of worldbuilding ideas, but never do anything with them plot-wise. I think it's a bit intimidating to find a story in them.

Read more... )

Aug. 2nd, 2009

Update

I'll be out of town from the 8th to the 12th -- beach weekend with the family. I also booked my trip to Puerto Rico in October. It's work related -- there's a conference on planetary science there, and I'll be giving a ten-minute talk on my research*. I am taking an extra day to go on a tourist trip to the Arecibo Radio/Radar Observatory. Arecibo is the largest telescope in the world -- a giant radio dish set into a sinkhole. (You can see it in movies -- it's in Goldeneye and in Contact). It does things like shoot radar at asteroids that swing by Earth both to get positions/velocities and to study their shapes -- handy to make sure you know if one will hit us on its next swing around. It's also involved in a gi-nourmous galaxy survey, which three of my friends are blogging about.

I'm also going to be swimming. A lot. Because I'll be on a beach for a week, and I need something to let me process all the science.

Problem is that the hotel didn't give us enough space, so I am in limbo for the last two days. The night before my flight out I can head back to San Juan and get an airport hotel room so I don't have to wake up as early for a flight that will probably be in the morning. I don't know what I'll be doing on Friday night for that trip, but AAS has started trying to figure out how to deal with this screw up...

* Identifying ring particle properties.

Um, anyway. Anime! I have the CJAS archive, and I'm thinking I should start raiding it for stuff to watch. Well, if we ignore I still have Planetes, Twelve Kingdoms, Utena, the rest of Banner of the Stars, half of Babylon 5, and a couple other anime titles I want to try. Might be interesting to do a review blog of first episodes -- mostly to see how these encourage me to watch/not watch the rest. Some anime have some really crappy first episodes, while some hook me right away.

Speaking of, I downloaded some fansubs of first-episode airing-in-Japan anime. The first one I watched was Aoi Hana/Sweet Blue Flowers, which is supposed to be a coming-of-age story about a pair of childhood friends reunited after ten years. It has pretty, pretty art, but seems to be a bit slow paced. Some of that is probably because I'm accustomed to action-y series, though. It's also got a lesbian/closeted lesbian/whatever lead who gets to spend the first episode coping with the fact her crush just got married (and is also female and her cousin). From the opening, it seems like she's going to hook up with her friend. We'll see how it goes.

May. 8th, 2009

Dreamwidth Redux

Okay, I've got Invoking Urania over on DW (here. Mainly because I decided I prefer a place where all my friends are for blogging, and I can tell it to crosspost things to InsaneJournal anyway -- overall, since more people use OpenID to leave comments, since IJ is a bit of a ghost town, it doesn't make much difference. If things work out, I'll get a paid account and start crossposting to Invoking Urania on LJ again.

Plus, there's nesting tags. Look at this. Snazzy. (Yes, I still have a default layout. Give me time, folks.)

I still miss my icons, though. I care less in fic journals, though.

All the content over there is stuff I've already posted to the Internets. Except a trio of fanart pieces, which have been up on DevART and Elfwood and my site and various LJ comms and... okay, I don't know if anyone's seen them, but here . (I'm not gonna start posting my massive backlog of original and exchange art there, but I'll do it as I go.)

In other news, I have taken custody (legally -- I was sworn in on my Slayers Premium DVD and everything) of the CJAS anime archive. This means I have half a closet (a big closet) of anime, mostly from the 1980s to mid 2000s. (About when people started downloading anime). Plus a VHS and Laserdisc player. Yes, you need that to watch some of the stuff in the archives. There's also stuff like several projectors, a table and chairs, the Weekly Get Rid of It! box*, raffle (well, ROFL) prizes, and our banner.

* Filled with free stuff anime companies send us that we regularly give away to members.

Star Trek tonight! Yay for Star Trek!
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Mar. 16th, 2009

Still sick...

It's just a cold, though. It does mean I've been eating a lot of soup and ice cream, my favorite comfort foods when sick. I discovered Taste of Thai puts out a nice instant soup -- lemongrass curry with rice noodles. The package says it's medium-spciy, but I haven't found it to be that bad. It's got a bit of heat to it, but not in an overwhelming way, and it's got a very savory taste.

Anyway, need some help from you all. Anime club is looking for stuff to show next year, and I want to suggest some things. I've already gone through things I've seen or started, but I'd like some new things. So, anyone know any good anime series?

(A note: We can't show hentai, so don't suggest that. We're also limited to things that have been licensed, thanks to Cornell's legal office coming down on us -- the anime makers are usually happy to give us permission, since it leads to better publicity for them.* There's also a list of titles we can't show, because they were shown during previous years.)

* Except Studio Ghibli films. Apparently the Mouse wants several hundred dollars to show an English-subtitled Miyazaki film in public.
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Mar. 11th, 2009

Cleaning out the Apartment Sale!

So, after today's tax mess, and some attempts to code at home (that ended up with a 'I need notes in my office' about an hour in), I started cleaning the bookshelves in my apartment. And I have some duplicate books and DVDs* that I want to sell. Some of these were because I found a deal on eBay that lead to me buying books 1-12 in a series because it was cheaper than buying the books I missed on B&N or Amazon. Others... well, organization is everyone's friend.

All of this is 'best offer' (plus $5 so I can ship it to you -- more if you live out of the country), but if you don't know what the heck to offer, I can give you a price.

Manga
Basara #1-6
Revolutionary Girl Utena #2

Anime
FMA DVDs 1 and 2 (contain episodes 1-4 and 5-8 respectively) The DVDs are fine, but the packaging on one had an accident with some water, so I don't have the booklets.
FMA boxset #2 (contains DVDs 5-7/episodes 17-28)
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Mar. 2nd, 2009

State of the Becky...

Somehow I accidentally got signed up for the MAX art exchange when I'm supposed to be blacklisted until I finish my previous exchange. Hawk probably pushed the wrong button or something, since I'm a regular. Or else the fact I was half-blind for most of the round made him do an override. That means I have to work extra hard to get both done to my high standards. Yay!

Oh, yes or no question -- should I post thumbnails of my drawings to this journal? Or, rather, would all of you like to see them, since I know how to use a LJ cut.

Speaking of, my glasses are fixed. I even skipped anime club to pick them up, as I was sick of eyestrain and blurriness.

I'm also the archivist of the anime club for next year. Which means I need to clean my closet to hold the anime club's archives. This may mean that I take advantage of the bad weather to clean my apartment. It's a bit of a dump right now. I'm hoping I can get to the 'writing code that takes forever to integrate' stage, so I can justify staying home to clean.

As far as resolutions go, I've lost about 25 pounds of weight. This is probably about a third of the amount of weight I want to lose, and a ninth of my starting weight. There's a math problem for ya.

I was vague about birthday gifts this year, so I now have $120 of gift cards to Barnes and Nobles, and $30.00 from Mom. Shopping time!

Gave a presentation today. Note to self: you are NOT talented enough to give a research talk off the cuff. Next time, practice more. Also, redo it so you have plenty of canned slides for next time, so you can just recycle three quarters of them, then spend your time practicing.

In astronomy related news, today a 100-meter asteroid passed 1/6th of the Moon's distance from us. We knew about it in advance, and knew it wouldn't hit. But I'll bet Arecibo got some kick-ass radar pictures of it.
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Feb. 22nd, 2009

One of those weekends...

Due to an absence of busing I ended up skipping anime club. While I was hanging out at home, the lens popped out of my glasses and somehow managed to disappear, despite the fact I was sitting at my desk on the computer. While I was going to go to the Stitch and Bitch the Women's Center was putting on, now I better get a new set of glasses (or see if they have a replacement lens for the ones I have).

And I just realized I forgot to get the vision and dental part of my insurance forms filled out last year*, so that means the damn thing is an out-of-pocket expense. Not that I can't afford this**, but, well... (note to self -- the next time you get forms, fill them out. Also do your damn taxes.)(4)

* Mostly because the forms got sent to my mother's house, so by the time she mailed them to me, I had forgotten about them and they were nearly due. Yeah, yeah, I know -- I'm bad.

** Surprisingly, I am pretty well-off for a grad student. Probably because I'm in the sciences, an introvert, single***, don't drive and don't drink.

*** Pros and cons here. Two incomes would be nice, but you have to get a job for the trailing spouse/SO, in a town full of trailing spouses, many of whom are quite bright and well-trained. Plus many, many college students, who are also quite bright and less trained, but want something to do for beer money.

(4) I always wonder how much eyeglasses savings (and things for routine maintenance like dental check-ups) there is for insurance. Since the idea is that the insurance company is essentially taking your premium and investing it, and betting that the people who have Horrible Diseases and Emergency Surgery cropping up will be covered by the masses who are pretty healthy. But routine stuff is a near-certainty, so the insurance company can't spend that much more than people pay in(5). I wish I knew more about finance -- my knowledge being limited to high-school economics is what prevents me from taking opinions on economic matters.

(5) Not that I'm saying I shouldn't get dental and vision insurance. I had eye surgery as a kid, which means that I'm aware of Horrible Diseases and Emergency Surgery. But that I wonder how good it is for dental visits when it isn't just 'here, you get it as part of your job' rather than 'you have to pay extra for it'.

Wow, lots of footnotes. I'm rambling, that means.
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Dec. 8th, 2008

My Weekend (Plus Cards)

I've been moody recently. Possibly because I've been bad about taking my meds. I have an anxiety disorder, and generally unless I take my meds, I get this kind of bull-in-a-china-shop feeling when in any sort of social situation, that any sort of action is going to break something. Yeah, this ain't fun, and it's usually distinct from my PMS symptoms (which is mostly just crying at anything). On the plus side, I don't get any of the other fun symptoms of SSRI withdrawal, the anxiety just comes back and if I try to restart, I go through a week of being tired, just like when I first went on the meds.

Anyway, my weekend was fun. )

Also, on Friday, I am sending out Christmas cards. If you want one, comment and check to see if I have your address.

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