openSUSE me

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:12 pm
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My laptop's keyboard controller's on the fritz, so I got a new laptop. Then that laptop kicked it within a few days, so I exchanged it for another laptop. Micro Center's customer support is good as always :) A decent experience swapping a dead laptop for store credit and getting a different one!

I'd been using Xubuntu for years, but with Ubuntu et al getting more and more invested in systemd and pulseaudio and other nonsense that I don't quite understand, I figured it was time for a switch and now I'm on openSUSE. It's high time I tried a distro on my main box that's not a *buntu. My old media desktop had Chakra on it, which is an arch offshoot, but that was a piece of shit both in hardware and distro choice, eesh.

I don't have many opinions on openSUSE so far, but I'm happy. I've finally seen Abort / Retry / Ignore in the wild and I appreciate being able to ignore not having a dependency. Installing Dropbox tried to install something related to nautilus that openSUSE can't find, but I don't even use Nautilus. I switched to Thunar even when I was on vanilla Ubuntu back in like 2010, because it's got intelligent file renaming capabilities in a GUI. It's honestly probably perfectly fine ignoring it.

40 Days of Anime - Day 38

Oct. 19th, 2017 11:03 am
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38: Name a popular anime you hate.

EXCEL SAGA. "Look at us! Look at how funny we are! Yes, the entire cast are assholes, the second-hand embarrassment is so thick you could cut it with a butter-knife, and you're kind of hoping for a TPK just so it'll end, but it's super funny, we promise!" I watched it for Blogathon six years ago and got through one episode before I just couldn't any more.

(There are plenty of popular anime that just...don't interest me. I've never seen any of ATTACK ON TITAN or FAIRY TAIL, for example. But I don't hate them.)

40 Days of Anime - Day 37

Oct. 18th, 2017 02:21 pm
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37: Name a popular anime you love.

Most recent: YURI!!! ON ICE, as already discussed.

This is the drawback of staying firmly around the edges of anime fandom qua such - I'm not always sure which anime are popular in a wide sense, and which in a small sense. For example, I also love INITIAL D in all its Very 90s Anime glory, in which everyone mysteriously listens to Eurobeat and the only official relationship that will ever go anywhere is Takumi/driving (okay, also Any Other Main Character/driving). I didn't even drive myself when I first saw it.

40 Days of Anime - Day 36

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:52 pm
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36: In your opinion, what makes a good anime?

Well, there's the obvious, high-level answer of 'good art and good writing.' The more personal answer...I do like the art to be beautiful, but I also have a loose definition of 'beautiful.' I'm generally more interested in good characters than in a complicated plot, but really I just want the characters to feel real, not cardboard images tossing the Idiot Ball back and forth. Also I am a firm proponent of 'Real does not have to equal Grimdark,' so there's that too.

Finally, though - it comes down to it being the right story at the right time for you. And that's nearly impossible to call ahead of time.

40 Days of Anime - Day 35

Oct. 16th, 2017 01:08 pm
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35: Have you ever dropped an anime, if so why?

Oh dear lord yes. Several. Some of them with extreme prejudice. Why wouldn't I?

If you want actual reasons, they vary:
* Sometimes a particular character pings me the wrong way - see previous post on characters I hate for two examples. (To be fair, both of those were 'didn't even finish the first episode' reactions, which I don't think technically counts as dropping a series, because I hadn't even properly picked it up.)
* Sometimes I get into a series for X (a character, a plot point, a tonal feel), and then the series stops using X - see RE-KAN, which I burbled about here. Halfway through the season it developed something pretending to be a plot, and lost the sweet fluffiness I loved.
* Sometimes I think a series is going to be one thing, and then I watch a second episode and it's not - or I watch a second episode, and the things that irritated me in the first episode have only gotten worse, while the things I liked have gotten fewer. Example this time is AIRMASTER - bad fight choreography, insufficient girl love, I tapped out.

(And then, of course, there are lots and lots of series that I mean to go back to, but haven't yet. This is why my Crunchyroll queue is so long. :wince:)

40 Days of Anime - Day 34

Oct. 13th, 2017 11:36 am
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34: Have you ever watched an anime only because you liked a specific character?

Yes. (YUU YUU HAKUSHO, Kurama.) ...on the other hand, (a) I didn't watch the whole thing (it's surprisingly easy to curate a Kurama-centric marathon of YYH), and (b) I didn't hate any characters (found them boring, mostly). My friend Kay is able to watch entire series because she loves X Minor Character, even if she actively hates Main Character(s). I've never been able to do that.

40 Days of Anime - Day 33

Oct. 12th, 2017 03:30 pm
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33: Would you ever watch an anime with over 100 episodes?

Yes? But it's the kind of 'yes' that comes with a hand-wobble. I've watched Significant Chunks of BLEACH, for example, and I still have DETECTIVE CONAN in my Crunchyroll queue, which is up around 800-something episodes and still going. But I also noped out of BLEACH somewhere in the Arrancar arc (I think), and the reason I watch DETECTIVE CONAN is because I blithely ignore its Overarching Plot (which was silly even before it meandered on without resolution for, uh, :checks Wikipedia: nearly 30 years, Jesus Mary and Joseph) and stick to the generally-no-longer-than-two-episode mysteries du jour.

As a plan for future watching, no. I don't trust an anime over 100 episodes to know where the heck it's going, and I have plenty of shorter anime waiting for me.

40 Days of Anime - Day 32

Oct. 11th, 2017 01:38 pm
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32: If you could make a game for an anime of your choice, what would it be and why?

Wife would totally go for a (...non-immersive I hope) RL Sword Arts Online. I think this is vastly over-estimating our skill at Actual Video Games, and nope. There is a reason we play the Lego video games: those are aimed just about right for our skill level.

If they did a adventure/hidden object game (a la Big Fish Games, though? Especially if they did one of their Very Loose Adaptations? I would be all over that, just saying.

(Hey, they did Phantom of the Opera, and a whole series based on Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems. It's not totally implausible that they could create something playable out of Detective Conan, for example.)

40 Days of Anime - Day 31

Oct. 10th, 2017 04:43 pm
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31: Have you ever watched an anime with over 23 episodes?

Yes. Not recently, but I've done it. HIKARU NO GO, which I still love, is somewhere around 75 episodes; GUNDAM WING, my entry anime, is 49 according to Wikipedia. My completion rate is low, but the mere knowledge that there's over 23 episodes is not enough to stop me from watching.

(Now I kinda want to go to my Crunchyroll queue and see how many series in there are over 23 episodes. Hmm.)

40 Days of Anime - Day 30

Oct. 9th, 2017 01:06 pm
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30: How many anime episodes is 'ideal' for you?

Probably single-season, so 13? Mostly because I trust single-season shows to have a clear, coherent story with a proper ending, as opposed to 'la de da, let's see how long we can milk this' (how is there an actual sequel to Naruto, dear lord). Also I am terrible at marathoning, and easily distracted, so the shorter a show is, the higher the probability I'll actually get all the way through to the end. :wince:

State of the Bug

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:53 pm
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I finally finished my TWEWY longfic, and I'm in the process of posting it. I'm still totally baffled by the idea of me being able to finish things? It's a 300k word longfic! And I was able to divide it into cohesive arcs and to actually wrap up pretty much everything I wanted from it! Revising it's an ass and a half, as these things always are, but if I uploaded the rest of the chapters right now, it'd all be stuff I'm proud of. Just stuff I'd be less proud of than I would if I punched it into shape more. Having a strict schedule for posting makes it a lot easier to edit, I gotta say.

Then, on the other end of things, I've also been working on a Pokémon Crystal romhack, tentatively called Crystalis, though I haven't fiddled with the title screen yet. Assembly's pretty weird to work with, but it's interesting. It does what you tell it to, nothing more or less. I've successfully done all the major things I wanted to with it -- E4 round two, encounter adjustments, trainer adjustments -- but I'm sure the project scope will grow in time, as these things always do.

Or possibly I'll simply end up hacking on gens 1 or 3 instead. Truly, what I'd like to do someday is fiddle around with BW2, but there aren't anywhere near the same resources and I have no idea where to start. It's important to me that I not break anything already included in the game, you know? Even the in-game Pokédex. With Crystalis, the single most difficult thing I did was work out how to get the Trainer House to be much more interesting in single-player without breaking it in the event of someone playing on a flashcart with real hardware.

It means I have to start small and keep my scope narrow, but I think practicing that will serve me well in the future. Certainly I should avoid falling into any more years-long fic projects, haha.

40 Days of Anime - Day 29

Oct. 7th, 2017 03:13 pm
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29: Has an anime's fanbase ever made you hesitant to watch an anime?

Yes, but not necessarily for the reason that the question implies. Fandom's gonna fandom, you know? For a fandom to actually turn me off of a canon a priori, it would need to be (a) omnipresent and (b) clearly focused on Things I Do Not Like.

Generally, though...I find it pretty easy to watch things without engaging with their fandoms. (It helps that I'm not monofannish any more: it makes it easier to engage on the O HAI SHINY THING level, without feeling Personally Affronted when someone doesn't fan in my exact way, see also: my shameful fannish past.) So no, I haven't been scared off any anime by its fandom that I can remember.

(...also I tend to not engage with new/current anime? YOI is unusual for me in that sense. This means that I am coming across anime years, literally, after they aired, and whatever fans remaining tend to also be of the 'OMG SOMEONE ELSE ACTUALLY LIKES THIS THING' breed that makes best-case-scenario Yuletide so fun.)
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