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Oct. 26th, 2011

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I have gone from this place

To dream of better things.
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Mar. 23rd, 2009

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MQ Update 2009.03.23

Hi, all. I was going to use this space to write an open letter to President Obama (Dear Mr. President: YOU FAIL), whom even I had been hopeful about. ^.^; It occurred to me that that wouldn't be right since I haven't said anything else in so long, though. And I don't know who's still reading this, but I ought to mention some things I've been up to.

What MQ has been up to ...Collapse )

Mar. 9th, 2009

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Infectuous Viral Meme 1.0

Copied from CK's LiveJournal!

Rules:
A) People must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.
B) Don't tag any people. Refuse to do that. Seriously, it's annoying for those who can't be bothered, and who cares who does or does not fill out an online questionnaire anyway?

1. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up:
  • My laptop!
  • My lap top!
  • My reflection, in the TV behind the laptop!
  • A PlayStation 1 controller connected to a PlayStation 2!
  • And a plush peregrine falcon. ^.^
2. What is the last movie you watched?

I honestly can't remember! I think it was Wall-E. The DVD skips on some players though, including my PS2.

3. What are you wearing now?

Clothes!

4. What's your occupation?

Writer!

5. Do you like your occupation?

Indeed!

6. What is one word you would use to describe yourself?

Concise! ^.^

If I could use two words, it'd be relentlessly resourceful.

7. What book(s) are you currently reading?

The Book of Mormon, and Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, by Leslie T. Chang. I'm stopping, though, so I can get started on Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, by Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Freeman.

8. What was the last thing you ate today?

A bowl of slow-cooker oatmeal. The apples and maple syrup distinguish it from glue. But it's actually pretty good!

9. What kind of pet do you have, or if you don't have one, what would you want to have?

Either a cat or a dog. Shelties are cute!

10. What websites do you always visit when you go online?

Not LiveJournal, as I'm sure most of you can tell! ^.^

11. What was the last thing you bought?

Groceries!

12. What are you listening to right now?

The Rusty Ruins theme from Sonic 3d Blast for Saturn, looping endlessly in my head!

13. What do you think about before you go to bed at night?

A lot of things! I usually spend about an hour and a half winding down, which includes taking a long walk while listening to music and writing down whatever thoughts come to me.

14. What was the last CD you bought?

I think it may have been a stack of CD-Rs!

15. What is your favorite weather, and why?

Cold and misty in the morning! Good memories, of walks through the hills of West Virginia and of all the camping trips I went on when I was little.

16. What is the last book you read?

Not sure! I think it might've been something by Barbara Ehrenreich. Most of my reading I do online, or from HTML books that I copied onto my phone.

17. If you could develop a new talent effortlessly, what would it be?

Not worth it!

18. Name a good quality that one of your friends possesses.

My friends all respect my beliefs, don't try to make me do anything that I'm not comfortable with, and tend to be nice people who refrain from gossip and snarkiness. ^.^

19. What's one of your favorite activities?

Reading! It's the only thing more addictive than writing.

Feb. 6th, 2009

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On animal products

There are some vegetarians who are nauseated by the thought of eating meat. I am not one of them. I find the sight of raw meat disgusting, and I'm not sure I could eat a rare steak, but every now and then I find myself wishing that I could haz cheezburgr. Which is why a box of vegan patties that were on sale helped me go over my budget on my last trip to the store. >.>

Animal products, on the other hand, are another matter. I haven't drank milk regularly since I was in my early teens. I realized that I was allergic to it, and switched to rice (and later, soy) milk. Whole milk used to taste creamy and delicious to me, but after a while of drinking milk substitutes it just tasted rancid. And even though cheese and eggs are delicious, something about their slimy, gooey consistencies, and the little white thing that hangs off the yolk, just sort of makes me squrim to think about them. And that's not even factoring in where they come from.

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Feb. 4th, 2009

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The FFXI Soundtracks

With as much as I play FFXI (actually ... not so much these days), you'd think I'd get tired of its music. But I don't. ^.^; I own every soundtrack album they've made so far, including the Premium Box and Piano Collections II. And I was just thinking about how each expansion's music reflects the expansion perfectly. To wit:

These are a few of my favorite songs!Collapse )

That's what I think. So what're your favorite parts of the soundtrack?
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Feb. 2nd, 2009

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Changing the world through applied web design!

Those of you who read my last post will not be surprised that the website I've been working on is not up yet. This is because as I set out to actually do this thing, I started questioning my assumptions.

What was I actually setting out to do? I wondered. Was I just trying to create an online home for my writings? There are plenty of better places for that than an obscure personal website. Fictionpress.com, any art website that accepts stories too ... heck, even LiveJournal would let me put my stories online and charge commissions for new ones. All I'd need to do is get a domain name, redirect it to a paid account, trick out the theme a bit and create a nice front page with links to all of my writing, each story as its own post. That way I wouldn't just get a nice website, but it'd also be tied into LiveJournal's powerful social networking features.

I actually considered doing this, at about the same time that I realized Wordpress.com's websites weren't as customizable (in the ways that I wanted) as the new LiveJournal page I'd been working on. I also remembered that the last time I created a Wordpress site to showcase my writing, I'd soon lost the motivation to continue working on it. This was because I didn't have any fans except my dad, and even if I'd had any there would have been nothing for them to do on my site.

So what is MQ thinking of doing?Collapse )

Jan. 30th, 2009

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Designing a website

... is a lot harder than it sounds!

I've been reading up on good web design in articles like this one, trying to figure out what works best and what sort of things I should do. Armed with that knowledge, I've been going over all sorts of options, then prototyping them and seeing if I think they work.

The web hosting I decided to go with, Wordpress.com, is insanely cheap and packed with features; only $15 a year gets me a transferable domain name and a complete, Free / Open-Source content management system. If I decide to get formal web hosting later, I could install the Wordpress software myself and trick the heck out of it ... and in fact, I did this a couple years ago for another website!

It cost a lot more to get "normal" web hosting, that time, but the options were a lot greater. I could make my website look exactly the way that I wanted it to. With Wordpress.com I have to choose from the options they give me, and they aren't always what I want. For instance, here on LiveJournal we have a sidebar on the main journal itself, and then it gets out of your way for each post. On Wordpress.com the sidebar is always there, so I have to be careful what I put in it.

The Upshot

This may take a bit longer than I had intended. >.> Just letting you all know how things are coming. Hopefully the results will be worth it!

Jan. 28th, 2009

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Article roundup and MQ Update 2009.01.28

Ten more articles published, and more on the way. Here they are:

Games
Technology
Writing
Not much to say for today's MQ Update, except that you may have noticed the website's not up and running yet. It's my fault, but taking care of sixteen cats and doing a whole household's dishes for a few days did not help. ^.^; Going to try to have that rectified by the end of this month.

See you then!

Jan. 27th, 2009

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A new FFXI song

Here's something I wrote on the spur of the moment about five minutes ago. Because the song for the old Goldfish cracker jingles comes to mind every time somebody mentions goldfish in-game.
Here's our, jingle for goldfish
Our Sunbreeze jingle for goldfish
The minigame that's kinda lame
But gives you awesome prizes!

And you know you want that fishbowl
There's a word that rhymes with fishbowl
The game!
At Sunbreeze,
Goldfish!
Yeah, I bet you can tell it was made up on the spur of the moment. ^.^; And I'd link you all to those jingles, but I've no clue where to find them. Oh well!
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Jan. 25th, 2009

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The problem with all MMORPGs

The biggest thing that sets MMORPGs apart from other games is not the fact that they have online play. Everything has that nowadays. No, the thing that sets them apart is that they're persistent. The world, and the people in it, go on living after you logout. And unlike with online shooters or strategy games, where the only thing that improves is your skill, your character is also persistent. It increases in power with the time and effort you put into it.

The problem is, it's not really. Because your character goes away if you decide to quit the game.

The FFXI player"s dilemmaCollapse )

I'm not planning on quitting FFXI. Not before I've helped everyone beat Apocalypse Nigh, like I promised (and I want to beat ToAU and WotG as well). And I may not even quit after that. But these are the thoughts that have been going through my mind, and I'm not sure how to resolve them.

I feel tied-down, because the only way to keep having these experiences and sharing them with my friends is to continue paying for FFXI. And I don't like to feel tied-down.
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