40 cards in 8 stacks, 300 diamonds (in-game currency) to flip each card, and on the 32nd try I get this:
Admiral Nautica in her bathtime ducky costume
The game is Valkyrie Connect, a “gacha” mobile game of collecting fighters to defeat monsters blah blah blah whatever, it’s an amusing way to pass an hour or so per day, give or take. When this latest event appeared in which the publishers clearly expect folks to plunk down ridiculous amounts of money, my first thought was, “Like hell I will.”
My second thought was, “oh crap Nautica gets a rubber duck, I’M DOOMED.”
Turns out, I didn’t need to spend very much money. Ahem.
The weekly word working assignment is nearing the end of its first year. Overall, how did it go? I consider it a success. I never missed an update, I’m reasonably proud of most of the posts, and there’s a chance (however slim) that I may have led someone to watch something they might have overlooked otherwise.
Fine, fine… my readership amounts to maybe three entire souls. Slim chance, indeed. But capturing an audience wasn’t the primary goal. Forcing myself to get back into the habit of logging into this thing and flexing my writing muscles, that was the primary goal.
The remaining two 3WA posts for 2017 are in the bag. They’ll show up this and next Friday, right on schedule. I made sure to complete them before my mid-month vacation in order to dedicate vacation time to next year’s project prep. I chose a more challenging format, one which requires more work than just sourcing some screenshots.
It’s time to look ahead.
During the year two thousand seventeen, I wrote about fifty-two pieces of animation that brought me some measure of joy. In the year to come I intend to write about fifty-two music albums which bring me some measure of joy. Joy, as we established at the outset, is a key part of this ongoing project. The 3WA concept was born from a deep, desperate need to focus on the good things in life, and if the unrelenting hellshow of 2016 gave rise to this year’s project then what else could I do coming out of 2017 but to bump things up a level?
So, without further ado: Do you have a few minutes? About ten of them, actually? Because right here, right now, you can decide if it’s worth tuning in for 2018’s 3WA series.
Bonus points if you can name more than half the artists (without using search engines to cheat, mind you).
Thanks to some shenanigans with online wishlists, I was spoiled about one of my holiday presents so the gifting individual decided to just give it to me early. So, hey, let’s do a quick onboxing!
The box is a bit dinged up, but the Nendoroid inside is intact and ready for assembly.
I adore the Mouretsu Pirates anime, as I have made clear during the weekly writing project. Once I found that they were making a Nendoroid figure for Kato Marika in her piracy outfit I knew that I was doomed to wind up entering the realm of anime-related figure ownership. I’d avoided this fate up until now (barring a couple of Funko Pops, but they don’t count). Welp. Here we are, now.
The Nendoroid comes with options. Which expression should Marika wear? What weapon should she wield, if any? I had decisions to make.
Admittedly, this is just a wee bit creepy.
I ended up going with the gun arm combo and leaving the hat on, and since she’s armed I gave her the “action” face as well. (There’s a bit of extra hair you can stick on her head if you eschew the hat, but if she’s packing heat then she should have her head covered.) Turns out that the back of her head has a lump of metal for the magnet on the base stand to click onto to keep her upright. It’s a neat little system, actually.
Let’s do some piracy!
The final result? I love it. It’s adorable and awesome. Thank you, Kyla!
The past few days have been terrible in many ways. Too hot, too much ash in the air, too much forest fire destruction. I took advantage of one fringe benefit of this late-summer situation, however: I took pictures.
Tuesday morning, getting off the MAX at the Hillsboro Airport stop, I was greeted with this view of the Sun trying to shine through layers of cloud and smoky haze:
And Wednesday morning gave me cause to quip to my coworkers later, “I didn’t know that ‘Portland’ was an anagram for ‘Mordor’, but Sauron’s Eye was quite prominent out toward the East.”
I’ll be glad when we return to fully breathable air, though.
In preparation for a particular event coming next month, a bit of shopping was in order. My old camera, the one which served the Quacked Panes effort so well, has gotten too cantankerous and difficult to deal with. (Mapping & blacking out the increasing number of “hot pixels” is a serious chore.) So… we went out and picked up a modest but nifty little point-and-shoot camera. It isn’t as professional and fancy as the old Pentax but it does a decent job. I mean, look at this:
Handheld, no digital zoom, taken while standing just outside the office building.
I’ve never taken that good a shot of the Moon before today. And I haven’t even dialed in the feature settings, that’s just on full “auto.” Hey, how about a nice early morning shot of some public transit hardware?
Yep, I was just another camera geek standing on a MAX platform.