Infinite possibilities

Nathaniel Fisher
You hang on to your pain like it means something, like it’s worth something. Well let me tell you, it’s not worth shit. Let it go. Infinite possibilities and all he can do is whine.

David Fisher
Well, what am I supposed to do?

Nathaniel Fisher
What do you think? You can do anything, you lucky bastard, you’re alive. What’s a little pain compared to that?

David Fisher
It can’t be so simple.

Nathaniel Fisher
What if it is?

-Six Feet Under

The end of sleepless nights

Oh, WikiHow. What would we do without you and your step by step guides to a better life? From microwave cake to this year’s hottest Halloween costume, WikiHow’s got us covered.

And so, I bring you: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living. Take notes.

The best things in life are free…

On the subject of couch surfing in London:

Steph: i like free things…
Heather: me too
Heather: But I don’t really like strangers
Steph: but you might make a new friend?
Steph: fall in love
Heather: hahaha
Steph: marry, have a baby
Steph: and all that for free
Steph: see its not just a couch to sleep on
Steph: its a whole life!
Heather: You’re hilarious.
Heather: Babies aren’t free!
Steph: well the man you could have them with might be
Steph: and you just might meet him couch surfing.

Weblink Wednesdays: Alternate Lexicon

If I had my way, every person I know would have a blog, so I can find out what they’re thinking about at all times. And so I have something important to do while wandering through the internet.

I met Ali the same way I met Fae, online through geeky RPG groups. I’ve known her just as long, though I don’t know her anywhere near as well as I’d like to. That’s why when I clicked on the link to her blog last night, I was so excited to catch up on her life.

What I found both surprised and inspired me. I always knew Ali was brilliant, but her blog surpassed my expectations. It’s a personal blog, but it talks a lot of Ali’s recent self diagnosis with Asperger’s and her thoughts on autism and the autistic community. It’s thoughtful and so damned smart that it made me feel very inferior.

So I thought I’d feature it on my Weblink Wednesday in hopes that you all check it out too!

Alternate Lexicon

Top Ten Things I learned from Fable II

I wrote this list a while ago, back when my Xbox wasn’t dead or across an ocean. But I just found it on my computer and decided to post it after all, and meanwhile reminisce about how much I loved that game.

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Top 10 Things I Learned from Fable II

1. I can’t be evil.

Seriously, I can’t. Not even virtually. For those of you who haven’t played Fable, a lot of the game revolves around making choices that effect the outcome of the game. You can choose to be a good hero or a bad one, or somewhere in between. Every time I tried to choose something that would qualify as “evil” or “bad” I would feel guilty. In fact, there was one quest with no “good” outcome, and after being traumatized by it the first time I played, I refused to do it in any subsequent games.

2. Everything you need to know you can learn from books.

If you want to learn a new facial expression, pick up a book! If you want to teach your old dog new tricks? That’s in a book too! As an academic, I definitely agree with this philosophy. Even though I’m fairly certain that the seduction techniques that you might learn from a book would probably not have the the desired effect.

3. If people like you, you get free shit.

That is, after all, how the world works, right?

4. Scars are bad, until you’re a hero.

In Fable II, you can’t really “die.” You simply get knocked out and wake up with a few more scars. By the end of my first time playing through, I was covered in scars. Every time I would go into a village people would say how ugly I was. Until I saved the world. Then they all immediately fell in love with me. Go figure.

5. People will inevitably walk too slowly in front of you.

Just like in real life, the computer controlled characters in this game walk really slowly in front of you. Right after telling you to follow them. Very frustrating.

6. It’s hard to get through childhood.

When I first started playing Fable II, my Xbox wasn’t working. It was nearly impossible for me to get through the first part, childhood. Once I got through it (saving every two minutes) I was fine for the rest of the game. I guess it really is hard to grow up!

7. The Chicken Dance is hilarious.

Clearly.

8. My spacial sense is horrible.

When I was playing online with Fae, I would continuously get stuck in corners and have to restart, because I couldn’t get out. The first time I played, I bought a house… and then I couldn’t find it anymore. Because I simply couldn’t navigate my way around a virtual town. It was just too much for me.

9. Blond haired people are good, brunettes are neutral and god forbid you should have black hair!

If you play online, the second person because your sidekick and they’re asked to pick from a few different character designs. The “Good Female” is blond, of course. “Neutral Female” is a brunette, and the black haired chick is super scary looking.  The same thing happens with your character… your hair gets lighter or darker based on your choices. Your dog changes colour too. Very strange.

10. I actually do want a dog.

I never did, before. I’ve always been a cat person. But the dog in Fable II is so adorable! And when you upgrade you can get a husky! I paid real money for that husky…

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