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No xp death penalty in Champions. Just armor/upgrade degradation. If that's really the case, then I am more incline to pick it up now. That was one of the things I really did not like. From the Q&A session posted:

What will the "death penalty" be? (Hythian)

Arkayne: The "death penalty" is fairly simple, Hythian. After a player is defeated, he or she can choose to wait until another nearby player with healilng powers puts them back in the fight. Failing that, the player can choose to go to a nearby recovery point. Those points are spread throughout zones and instance maps.

Regardless of what the player chooses to do, they have to pay a small price for defeat: upgrade degradation. Upgrades are pieces of equipment, imbuements, special training, etc., that players use to make their character more powerful. Every upgrade has a condition associated with it. Whenever a player is defeated any upgrades the player has slotted degrade. If the condition of an upgrade is reduced to 0, it stops providing a benefit. Upgrades can be restored to full effectiveness for a resource cost at most hero safe areas throughout the game. This represents items being repaired, re-exposure to experimental rays, combat technique montages, etc.
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If you automatically know what I am referencing with that journal entry, then you might be interested in hearing (if you have not heard about it already) that we may very well see a Champions MMORPG sometime in the next year or two. Now, I know that [livejournal.com profile] unsigned has already stated to me that he'll be grabbing it the minute it's available. I'm holding off until there is a little more to go on. But I am interested in finding out how many of you think you'll pick it up when it comes out. Anybody?
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And the world is a smaller place today for it. I always thought he'd live forever.
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If it were nearby I would probably go to this thing, just because it's probably a guaranteed spectacle:

11th annual Aztec UFO Symposium


Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:46 pm
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Today is one of those days where the sun is shining, but through the gaps between big, fat clouds. They're the kind of clouds that could rain on you, but if they did there'd still be plenty of sun. In otherwords, "It's a lovely day to be out."
Which makes work drag even more.


Feb. 19th, 2008 08:28 pm
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On Drenden now, playing Tindis (38 BE Hunter). If anyone wants to group, let me know. Will probably be on until 10:30-11pm. Just let me know who you are before trying to invite me to a group.
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Forgot to post it- tried to get it legible but it wasn't to be. The tiny script in the last panel says, "Nessun maggior dolore che ricordarsi del tempo felice nella miseria."
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(From top to bottom: Shots of Harrison Ford from Raiders, Temple of Doom, Last Crusade, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

I love pulp, and I loved the previous three Indiana Jones movies- but I have low expectations for this one. I think he's just too old, and not in a good way. At least in my mind, pulp characters don't grow old, and they don't start resembling your grandpa. They don't look like they could be on the verge of crying, or wetting themselves accidentally, either. And the trailer that's out is pretty crummy, too. For a second I thought the trailer on Yahoo was a parody trailer, not the real thing. When 1/3 of the movie's trailer shows scenes from the previous movies in the series, it's a bad sign. Also notable is how the trailer doesn't really have Harrison Ford on it for long before it cuts away. His quick appearances in the trailer come across as an attempt to prevent the viewer from seeing that yes, Harrison Ford is painfully older in this film than he was in The Last Crusade. It also doesn't help that they've tossed Shia LaBeouf in there- I know he's Indy's 'sidekick' in the film, but it seems less 'sidekick' and more 'replacement Indiana Jones'. I do like the fact that Karen Allen (Marion) is going to appear in this one since she was (IMHO) the best female lead in any of the Indiana Jones films.

None of this means I won't see it. I'll be watching it the weekend it comes out, but i'm not going in with high hopes.
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I could be wrong about this (looking at sites on the sidekick screen is a bit wonky), HOWEVER:

Shares in Platinum Studio (PDOS) are currently at $ .21 per share.

You can see for yourself at www.nasdaq.com

Food for thought.
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...is that (at about 10:30) yesterday, after stopping for the red light at University and 23rd I was rear-ended by another driver.
I don't know if the other driver tried to stop (I didn't hear any screeching), but thankfully no one was in front of me at the time since I was the first car. It was hard enough to push the car forward about a foot- and i'm pretty rattled over it. After putting the car in park, I got out to take a look at the damage. The other car had one of those stupid dealer ad plates on the front, and the impact of the plate (bolts and all) basically branded my rear bumper. By this time the other driver (a woman) and her passenger had gotten out of the car to look at the damage (their car had no damage that I could see). I go back to my car and start collecting my information, get my information, go back out to look at the back of my car. Meanwhile these people are just standing there.

Honestly, thinking about it now I think they expected me to just drive away because the girl that had been driving just smiled and stood there not responding when I said I would need her information.

After that I went to call the cops, but it quickly became a moot point since one showed up before I could say much over the phone. He asked if it was an accident, then parked behind us on the road and went to the driver that hit me to ask her about the accident. He asked her why she didn't stop, and she told him in broken English* that she didn't see me. That was about all I could make out while we were on university before the traffic started to pass us again. After a few minutes, he told us to pull into the Walgreens parking lot nearby.

So we pull into the Walgreens. I wait next to my car, information in hand. The officer parks, then goes to the other driver first. Asks her name. Asks for the insurance on the car, the registration, and license. There is some confusion regarding the insurance and the registration, because it's not her car. He finally gets her information, then comes over to me and asks for my license, registration and proof on insurance.

Me: (give the information to the cop)

Cop: (looking at my license) What is this? What is this yellow background? What does this E mean?

Me: It's an old license. I renew it by mail. The renewal is on the back.

Cop: Is this you?

Me: Yes, it is.

Cop: Were you wearing a seatbelt?

Me: Yes.

Cop: Were you stopped at the red light?

Me: Yes, I was at a full stop at the red light.

Then he goes off to his car with my information and the other drivers information.
For the next 40 minutes, I get to stand next to my car, listening to this girl talk to her friend on her cellphone (in Spanish) about the accident. Saying that nothing is wrong with my car, and that i'm a stupid bitch, etc. etc. and she doesn't think any of this should be happening. Her passenger, meanwhile, keeps walking between both cars. At this point in time i'm just staying quiet because it's just me here, I really don't want to add anymore crap to this whole ordeal by saying something to this woman, and I am still really, really shaky. Eventually, the cop gets out of his car. He goes over to the other driver, gives her back her paperwork, along with the card containing the report #. Tells her my information (name, insurance provider, policy #) is on there. Then he walks over to the front of my car (I am standing next to the driver's side) and stops.

Cop: Now before I give this do you want to go get some repair estimates and give them to her?

Me: I am going to be calling my insurance agent and reporting the accident, and I want my dealer to look at the car.

Cop: You're not listening to me. Before you contact your insurance do you want to get estimates and give them to her so you two can work it out.

Me: I really feel more comfortable contacting my dealer and agent-

Cop: All they're going to do it patch your bumper and repaint it. Do you want to give her estimates and work with her?

Other driver (smiling, again): I'll pay.

Me: I would really like to speak with my dealer and agent-

Cop: Ok, you are refusing to answer my question. On this card is the report number, her name her insurance, and the policy number.

Then he left. That's about when I just got in my car, locked the doors and just sat there trying to calm down and failing miserably. I managed to contact my family at this point, to tell them what had happened. I did not leave the parking lot until I was pretty sure the cop and the other driver weren't around. I headed straight to my mom's since it was an easier place for everyone to reach. Got to her house, wrote down the whole, crappy event on my phone in a note so I would have it later. Contacted work. Contacted my insurance- and found out I have two options: file with the other driver's insurance and do all the legwork myself (and no claim appears on my insurance), or go through my insurance, have the claim appear on my record, they use my deductible but handle everything and go after the other driver's insurance company for the cash and -maybe- i'll see my deductible back.

Pretty much the rest of the day went like this: take photos of the damage to the car, go vote (which was what I was driving to do at the time of the accident), eat something finally, stop in at work (where everyone echoed the same thing told to me by family, ie: GO TO THE ER NOW AND GET CHECKED!).

Which is where I wrote my last post. I waited about three hours before they took me into the minor care (Which should really be called the Band-Aid ward, since they have little funny anthropomorphic band-aids on every other wall leading up to and into the place) ward for the x-rays. Between x-rays, and watching Dirty Jobs, followed by Cash Cab while waiting for the results and discharge papers it was pretty quick once I was in there. The x-rays taken didn't find anything, so that was good news. They sent me off with my papers and a script for some pain medicine, for the sore neck.

Since the hospital took my car insurance, medical insurance and DL when they admitted me, I will probably be hearing from my insurance provider. I don't know if that means I only have one option now (my insurance) or if both options are still available. I won't be able to get a copy of the police report for four days, so any other information I would need (beyond what I have on the card the cop gave me)to give the other insurer won't be available till then. Which sucks, but there's not much I can do at the moment. I want to put in a complaint about the cop, but I seriously doubt anything will happen since it's a he said/she said thing.

Anyways, that's the long version. For those of you who called or left a message, thanks. Even though I managed to get some rest, I still feel tired. I still have to call some people back, who called the house asking about me- I just kind of crashed after I got back from getting the pills. So expect to hear from me today, probably after work.

*Spanish speaker, speaking Spanish/English.

Shit day.

Jan. 29th, 2008 08:34 pm
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Short version: Got into a car accident, thankfully not the person at fault. At the ER now, waiting to get checked out. Neck hurts, and everyone says to go. So I'm here.

Longer story will have to wait for now.
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...and the autodialers delivering republican messages, republican visits to the state, incessant news coverage threatening to drive everyone crazy...

I wonder (since we've been stripped of our delegates), "How badly will the democrats lose Florida this election year?"

It's only going to get uglier, I think.
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This morning
Originally uploaded by sahsha_a.
Really foggy this morning- I haven't seen such a heavy fog in awhile. Completely obliterated anything beyond the highway on either side. Local streets were foggy, but not as bad. Within the last hour it evaporated, but for awhile there it looked like it would stay.

The sidekick slide I ordered on Friday came in yesterday evening. Decided to just finally get rid of the old phone and get something new. I wanted something that i'd be more inclined to use, and my old Ericson was really falling apart. I will probably buy a memory stick for it in a week or two (for the extra storage), and a wireless headset. Email and messaging accounts already set up.Camera on the new phone is decent enough- used it to take the photo this morning. So yay!
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Weston mother's law degree fulfills husband's dying wish: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/broward/sfl-flblawgrad1214sbdec14,0,5197162.story

I'm really happy for her. She's a sweet, wonderful woman, and her hard work has finally paid off.
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Although I am sorely tempted to find the biggest, tackiest animated birthday graphic and post it here, I don't really want to inflict that kind of thing on my friend's list. And besides, I still have research papers to write. No lazy birthday-day for me. I have been writing since I woke up, and will probably be writing for a little while longer. Then dinner tonight! For those of you who are local, you can contact either [livejournal.com profile] mxlplx or [livejournal.com profile] unsigned for the particulars.

Back to writing!
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Well, that teaches me to ignore emails. Apparently I can get City of Villains for free, and my debt wiped if I reinstate my CoH account. I am interested in seeing how much has changed since i've been gone, but I don't know if i'm that tempted.

In other news, Jana dinged over the weekend. Now begins the great, "Get those epic flying mounts (Netherdrake!, maybe the other one, too)/ flight form (why oh why do i have to go into a heroic level instance for my epic flight form Blizzard, damn you!), really nice set of armor, and a good weapon and maybe some trinkets...quest.

That, and I have to think about a respec for jana. I like balance, but I don't know if I will have an easy time with finding raids that will take me. I've had people tell me that I might want to respec for restoration, but the idea of being a big, golden, not-so swift tree that just stands there in the middle of combat wiggling it's teeny arms and healing away is kinda depressing. Besides, I like my treant minions. :(


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